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In the Shadow of Vesuvius

(Lady Emily Ashton Mysteries #14)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,239 ratings  ·  255 reviews
In this new installment in Tasha Alexander's bestselling Victorian series, Lady Emily and her husband Colin uncover a mystery in the ancient city of Pompeii.

Some corpses lie undisturbed longer than others. But when Lady Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii, it still comes as quite a shock.

Eager to explore ancient sites and modern archa
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Nora Carroll
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of the delightful 14th installment of the Lady Emily mystery series. What I love about Alexander's books is the careful historical research that goes into them. Alexander always visits the sites that she writes about, and in this book, the author's powerful connection to the location shines through. As in many of her books, this one has a dual timeline, going back and forth between Emily's time, and the story of a slave girl who lived during Pompeii's h ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) This is, I believe, the fourteenth Lady Emily historical mystery. I was an initial fan when the series began some years ago, but I've lost interest in her and her friends and adventures. When this latest book was offered as an Amazon Vine selection, I decided to check in and see how she's doing.

Emily and her spy-for-the-Crown husband Colin and her upper-class friends spend a lot of time traveling the world. In this story, they have traveled to Pompeii, Italy, and are doing their usua
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of her books. This was excellent! Set in Pompeii at the turn of the century, she had to disregard knowledge gleaned after that. So she did a lot of research. I liked the alternate story running alongside the main story. It kept me in suspense to see how the two stories would relate in the end.
I was not disappointed.
If you like history and especially Pompeii, this is a must read!
Shades of trouble on Pompeii's slopes!

The past casts many a shadow in the lee of Vesuvius. Colin is confronted by his past and Emily's confidence is frayed as murder spreads it's wings on a dig at Pompei.
Emily's friend Ivy asked Emily to accompany her to Pompeii. Ivy's husband, concerned about the two women traveling alone, with a clever sleight of hand, was able to inveigle King Edward VII to release Colin from his protection duties in order to join them.
In a reconstructed dining room at the P
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 Stars. In this latest Lady Emily book I was very excited for the return of Emily’s best friend from childhood, Ivy Brandon. I thank the author for bringing back such a beloved character. The interactions between Ivy and Emily were actually the best part of the book. The mystery involves a dead reporter encased to look like one of the ancient dead of Pompeii. I thought it would get more interesting from there but instead it was boring to an Olympic degree. Their was no investigation, just C ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lady Emily #14
Publication Date: 1/7/2020
Number of Pages: 304
*** 3.5 Stars Rounded up to 4 ***

As with many of the stories in this long-running series, you get two stories for the price of one. The main story takes place in 1902 Pompei at an archaeological dig and the accompanying story revolves around a newly freed slave girl in AD 79 Pompei. For my part, I sort of liked the accompanying story better than the main story – mostly because you knew, as you read, what was going to happen to t
Kate Baxter
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another wonderful addition to the Lady Emily mystery series! This book deftly balances two narratives of Pompeii in alternating chapters - one of a 79 AD slave poetess and the other from 1902 AD of Lady Emily.

Our plucky protagonist, Lady Emily Hargreaves, has headed off to Pompeii accompanying her dearest friend Ivy Brandon as Ivy participates on an archaeological dig at the Pompeii ruins. Emily's husband, Colin, takes a break from English Court security and travels along with the ladies to
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this new story in the Lady Emily series. Alexander has given the series new life in this fascinating setting - the ruins of Pompeii. Everything works here - atmosphere, characters, and plot. Readers who enjoy a bit of archaeology will appreciate Alexander's excellent research which gives us a view into the history and excavations of Pompeii. Alexander provides an extra bonus by layering into the novel an intriguing parallel story set during the time of the Vesuvius eruption. ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this entry, Lady Emily and Colin are in Pompeii and they start to investigate a murder after police are unwilling to look into the matter thinking it's the work of gangs. The mystery aspect of this book was quite good with some twists and turns as I've come to expect from Tasha Alexander. There's alternating time periods in this book, the first time Tasha did this I wasn't sure that I liked it but in this book I thought it worked well.

I actually really liked the introduction of a certain char
Rebecca Hill
When Lady Emily and her husband Colin encounter a fresh body in the ruins of Pompeii, they are a little taken aback. But when the police refuse to investigate the crime, they take it on themselves. But there are a few wrenches about to be thrown into their midst, one being Colin's daughter, one that he never knew existed.
While she hates Lady Emily on sight, things are starting to get a little uncomfortable for many, as more secrets are uncovered during their investigation, and more than one pers
michelle kennedy
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received the book in the mail and finished it in a day. Having never read one of Alexander's books I couldn't put it down and will be looking for her other books in the near future. ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The action begins with a shocking discovery almost at page one in this latest entry in the Lady Emily series. The setting this time is Pompeii, the city ruined by a catastrophic volcano eruption in 79 AD. Lady Emily, her husband, and her best friend are on hand to play tourist, but when they find a body that met a much more recent demise, it's time to start investigating.
Many new characters are introduced in this book, some that are probably intended to stick around and become part of Lady Emily
Cara Putman
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this mystery. It's an interesting blend of ancient Vesuvius with a 1902 storyline. This was my first Lady Emily book, but I think I'll go back to read more. Interesing mystery, good characters. I started both threads, then read the ancient one through, and went back and read the other through. The ancient storyline was a bit predictable, but still engaging. The more modern mystery thread left me guessing! ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who wish to travel to AD 79!
“Of the many misfortunes that have occurred in this world, no others have given posterity such joy.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writing about Pompeii. The setting of Tasha Alexander’s In the Shadow of Vesuvius (Lady Emily, #14) just happens to be Pompeii and Herculaneum which is brilliant for me as I have been lucky enough to have visited both places! Lady Emily, her husband, Colin, close friend, Ivy, and (love this character!) Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge, a childhood friend stay in a villa with ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2019
I have been a fan of Ms. Alexander's Lady Emily series for several years and was very excited to see the fourteenth installment is set at a dig in Pompeii. I was pleased that several of the main characters return, although I missed Margaret and the boys (Are they at school? I don't believe their absence was addressed).

I did not particularly enjoy the chapters with Kassandra, as they seemed to only serve the purpose of setting up the great save in the ending. I found myself skimming these chapte
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: good-reads
I was fortunate enough to win this as a Goodreads giveaway, as I have read the other books in the "Lady Emily" series and have enjoyed many of them. However, I have noticed that lately the author may be falling into the trap that must be near impossible not to fall into when penning a long standing series of this sort: the dreaded playing it safe, tied together with lack of character development syndrome. I appreciate that readers are expected to know the characters by now, but I still want to f ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Lady Emily’s adventures! I love historical fiction and appreciate the research behind these stories. I’ve enjoyed seeing the characters develop over time, and I always look forward to the next installment. Thanks for the opportunity to receive an ARC!
Sharon Huether
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
Pompeii, Italy...The archaeologists were busy with on going digs. Tourists were everywhere.
A visitor to Italy, Lady Emily Hargreaves discovered a body in plain sight placed with some of the mummified bodies from the big irruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Lady Hargreaves does her own investigating. The guilty person, then tries to kill her.

I won this free book from Goodreads First reads.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Lady Emily, her husband, and her old friend Ivy are visiting Pompeii in grand fashion (of course), when they discover among the casts of bodies long dead that of a New York newspaperman who was alive a week or so ago. Naturally, Lady Emily can't leave it at that, although her life has a major complication: The hitherto unbeknownst illegitimate daughter of her husband! As she often does, Alexander interposes chapters in Lady Emily's present--actually 1902--with shorter chapters narrating the expl ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this latest Lady Emily mystery set in Pompeii. As with all of the recent Lady Emily books, the chapters rotate between the mystery Emily and Colin are investigating with chapters set immediately before the destruction of Pompeii. I was caught up in the mystery featuring Lady Emily and Colin almost immediately -- perhaps because they find a dead body within the first few pages. It took me much longer to warm to the story of the young Greek slave, but by the end of the book I also ...more
Daniella Bernett
In all her novels, Tasha Alexander deftly intertwines mysteries from two different eras and infuses them with a richness of detail. "In the Shadow of Vesuvius" takes the reader to Pompeii, a city that left a profound impression on me. Alexander made me feel I was once again walking in the footsteps of the ancients and she tossed in an intricate puzzle to challenge my intellect. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was very lucky to win this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Lady Emily is one of my favorite characters and I look forward to each and every installment of her story.

There are no spoilers in this review. This book takes place in the wonderful setting of Pompeii and, as in the past several books, the story follows parallel timelines between Lady Emily and another's story. As is usually the case, Lady Emily discovers a murder victim in the opening pages and she and Colin set out to find the murder
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Tasha Alexander, and Minotaur Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to add Tasha Alexander to my must-read list. She writes a tight, exciting tale with interesting characters and a great background of details that take you there.

We visit various sites at the Pompeii archeological site at the
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Everything about this book signaled that it would appeal to me--a historical mystery set in an archeological dig of the ruins of Pompeii, plus a parallel story in Pompeii before its destruction.

I am a voracious reader of light mysteries, but Ms. Alexander's book just left me cold. I found her characters either insufficiently developed, or totally unsympathetic, particularly her protagonist Lady Emily and her husband. Their chemistry was discussed in the text, but felt contrived to me. I never bo
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Love the setting having just been there but the story was meh
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to snag an advanced reader's copy of the fourteenth entry in Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series. I read the first eleven volumes of the series a couple of years ago and have kept up with the yearly installments since then, so opening this book was like revisiting old friends, albeit friends who lived more than 100 years ago. The latest entry in the series takes us to Naples, Pompeii, and the surrounding areas, where archaeologists are excavating the villages that were bur ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lady Emily Hargreaves, her husband Colin, and her friend Ivy all travel to Pompeii for what they think will be some rest and relaxation. The Edwardian "craze" for archaeology has Lady Emily fascinated by what she's about to see, particularly as she's a student of the classics.

Pretty soon, though, she and her family are faced with an unexpected surprise: her husband's illegitimate daughter from a previous relationship turns up in Italy, and is causing them all kinds of problems. And then there ar
Susan Johnson
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars

I have always been fascinated by Pompeii so I was eager to read this even though I had not read any other Emily books. It's set in 1902 and Lady Emily discovers a body on a dig in Pompeii. The problem is that it's a recent body and has not been dead for thousands of years. She and a friend, Ivy, investigate the murder as the police don't seem to be interested in investigating. There is a secondary story of a slave girl in Pompeii who is a poet. The story goes back and forth between the
Norah Gibbons
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley to read in exchange for a fair review. In the Shadows of Vesuvius by Tasha Alexander is the 14th book in her delightful Lady Emily mystery series. It can be read as a stand-alone. The other books in the series are quite enjoyable so I do suggest adding them to your TBR list. Lady Emily Hargreaves, her husband Colin and her good friend Ivy Brandon have travelled to Italy to spend some time exploring Pompeii along side an archeological dig. Shortly ...more
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The daughter of two philosophy professors, I grew up surrounded by books. I was convinced from an early age that I was born in the wrong century and spent much of my childhood under the dining room table pretending it was a covered wagon. Even there, I was never without a book in hand and loved reading and history more than anything. I studied English Literature and Medieval History at the Univers ...more

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