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A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  9,598 Ratings  ·  728 Reviews

London's social season is in full swing, and Victorian aristocracy is atwitter over a certain gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Adding to their fascination with all things French, an audacious cat burglar is systematically stealing valuable items that once belonged to the ill–fated queen.

But things take a dark turn. The o

Hardcover, 308 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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Patrice I always read books like this is order. There might be one main story per book but there is so much character development that it would be hard to go…moreI always read books like this is order. There might be one main story per book but there is so much character development that it would be hard to go ahead and skip one of the books. I requested the second one from my library and they didn't have it but got it for me from a library nearby.(less)

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Lisa Kay
One of my favorite paintings, “Marie Antoinette with the Rose,” by Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (female prodigy and a favorite of the queen). The rose is the symbolic flower of Austria.

★★★★ Oh, I think I liked this one even more than the first in the Lady Emily Mysteries. It has plenty of intrigue, witty dialogue, and plot twists. There is a cat burglar stealing mementos of Marie Antoinette; there is a man claiming to be her heir; there is a ‘overzealous suitor’ stalking Lady Emily; and there
I’ve decided I like Lady Emily after all! Reading the first book, I wasn’t sure - but that was because I couldn’t help comparing her to Lady Julia Grey, my favorite Victorian widow sleuth and my first love of the genre.

But now I’ve had some time without a lot of new Lady Julia material to read, and was able to find some space in my heart for Emily. She’s another heroine who can’t quite live within the strictures of Victorian society, and finds freedom as a widow that she never could have had as
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I loved this one so much more than the first in the Lady Emily series! After I read the first, I didn't think I would be too interested to continue but I was willing to give the series a second shot. I'm so glad that I did because I thought this was great. It had it all for me: the 1800's (one of my favorite era's), mystery, romance, witty dialogue, etc. Lady Emily and Colin are a wonderful couple, I can't wait to see their relationship flourish!
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where I got the book: purchased at an author event. Signed. I know the author.

This is the second book in Alexander’s Lady Emily mystery series. I’m very slowly working my way through it, having enjoyed the first book enough that I was willling to give the second a try. I have three or four historical mystery series I dip into from time to time when I need some relaxation reading—I expect plausibility rather than painstaking historical accuracy, perhaps a little bit of a continuing romance story,
Even if the first book didn't, A Poisoned Season certainly has convinced me that Alexander's future books will be delightful mystery reads.

I'd advise reading them with attention though because the cast of characters tends to be long and two or three subplots all wind up together, somehow leaving the original conflict behind. However they have both common and unique HR mystery tropes making it altogether very pleasant.
This book was...OK...I guess. It's not that I didn't enjoy it. Emily was as great a character as in the first book and the mystery was actually better. However I had trouble with two of the the sub-plots. At first we have the Emily has a stalker-subplot. And it is a stalker, not just a secret admirer who sends flowers now and then. He breaks into her house to leaver her "presents" and he sends angry notes and wilted flowers after he saw her with another man. Neither Emily nor the book itself tre ...more
Contrary to prevailing opinion, I did not enjoy the second installment of Lady Emily’s adventures as much as the first one. Still, good enough just for the entertainment.

Tasha Alexander provides us with a plot more akin to a traditional historical romance story in a A Poisoned Season. Lady Ashton is a widow; therefore she can do without a husband and thrive on her independence. Of course, as she is still very young she faces the pressure of her peers to marry. But Lady Emily deals well with
A POISONED SEASON (Amateur Sleuth-Emily Ashton-England-Victorian) – VG
Alexander, Tasha – 2nd in series
Wm. Morrow, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780061174148
First Sentence: There are several things one can depend upon during the London Season: an overwhelming barrage of invitations, friends whose loyalties turn suspect, and at least one overzealous suitor.
*** Lady Emily Ashton is through the period of mourning for her husband in time to join London’s social season. A new face on the scene is Charle
A Poisoned Season
4 Stars

Emily's sleuthing abilities as well as the development of her relationship with Colin Hargreaves are both significantly improved in this installment.

The mystery revolving around the theft of several artifacts related to Marie Antionette and the subsequent murder of the owner of one of the stolen treasures is very intriguing, especially the inclusion of the (view spoiler). Moreover, Emily puts her detecting skills to much better use
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-11
Another fantastic effort from Tasha Alexander.
I love Lady Emily.

I REALLY love Colin Hargreaves.

Although I think this mid-to-late Victorian period in which the books are set would have been far too silly for me (I feel the same way about meetings, so it's possible that I need to adjust my standards), I enjoy seeing Emily romp all over it.

This particular mystery has so many Georgette Heyer themes, but written by a contemporary author: the London season, arranged marriages, nobility, and a royal wh
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for this genre: 19th Century England/high society/mystery/historical fiction/romance.

Truth be told, it's not THAT great of a book, but like I said, I'm a sucker for the genre. The reason it is not THAT great is because I don't automatically find myself making the same leaps of judgement about some of the 'suspects' as the main character, Emily Ashton, does. So, I suppose that if the author made the motives more clear or the descriptions more detailed, I may make the same conclusions
Pandora Black
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
je continue à mettre 5, sachant que Colin à lui seul vaut bien 10 étoiles (au moins, et en toute objectivitude, bien évidemment). j'apprécie vraiment les personnages et les dialogues, et si l'intrigue est parfois un peu rocambolesque, ma foi, ça me convient bien ;)
Nancy Haddock
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complex plots, wonderful setting, and intriguing characters keep me coming back for more books in the Lady Emily series!
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This second installment in the Lady Emily Ashton mystery series definitely exceeded my expectations. I ended up rather underwhelmed by the first book. Nevertheless, I was willing to move forward, hoping things would pick up substantially in the second. And by "things" I mean plotline, character development, chemistry between principals...pretty much the whole shebang. Good news is--they did. Quite a bit, in fact. And I'm still trying to decide whether I adjusted to the world and writing style or ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Review before I really had a crack at the book:
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I am now in full realization of just how much of a punishment glutton I am. I seem to feast on the fact that I loathe sharks, unfortunate looking sharks at that, with every fiber of my being. And yet, the shark exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are my favorites. Shark meat, shark teeth, shark fin (whoops, that last one was a tad bit un-humanitarian). And yet, I have revolting scenarios where I fall in the tank, tide pool, etc.

Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Victorian Era Mystery
Ok, Tasha Alexander has redeemed herself with this one. I was unsure of her after her first. But this one definitely has a better groove and was much easier to read. I liked the tension between she and Colin the whole way through and the mystery was much easier to follow and was interesting as well!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story of Lady Emily continues...
I love the immersion into Victorian England!!!

This story had much less plot holes than the first book, of which I totally had figured out about halfway through.
This mystery left me guessing right until the very end!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had great expectations for this series as it came recommended by not one, but two people. I was disappointed. Slow moving and dull, but I persisted to the end in hopes it would improve.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, # 2) By Tasha Alexander

Set in the Victorian Era, a burglar is stealing items that belonged to the Queen. Then a murder occurs, one of the owners of stolen items turns up dead. Lady Emily Ashton is determined to find out who the culprit is. Also it appears that Lady Emily has a stalker, and (she is) beginning a romance with Colin Hargreaves.

The perfect who-done-it. The plot is fast paced, with a lot of twists turns and secrets. The cast of characters is large, each
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If this is any indication, I finished the book in just one day, at 4am. I really loved this book. It was very intriguing and captivating.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Lady Emily series

Drama! Scandal! Viva la France! Vive la Revolucion! I don’t know how to spell that. But Lady Emily is all up in it!

This is another amazing, overly complicated romp with Lady Emily as girl detective, only she’s a lady detective. And as a lady and a widow now out of mourning, she is beginning to come back into society a little. She has convinced her fellow widow and great friend, Cecille to come to England and weather the British season. Unfortunately, she al
Ana T.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I had some expectations regarding book 2 of Lady Emily Ashton’s mysteries and I am happy to say that they were fulfilled.

After her love story with her husband in the first book, Lady Emily is now a widow whose main interest is to pursue her Greek studies, to help the British Museum to enlarge their collection of works of art, to spend some time with her chosen friends and to continue her relationship with Colin Hargreaves. I liked this Emily even more than the one in the first book. She is more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I really enjoyed this one. After finishing the first one, I suspected I'd really enjoy this one (more than I enjoyed the first one). Really pleased to have been proven right.

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Allison (The Allure of Books)
Like I said in my review of this first book of this series, And Only to Deceive, I absolutely love this series. I have re-read the books several times and always look forward to a new one being published. Tasha Alexander has created wonderful characters, and it is impossible not to fall in love with them. (Especially Colin, who may very well be the perfect man).

This is my favorite book of the series so far, and one of my favorite books of all time. I love the way Emily and Colin butt heads as fa
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010, mystery
Summary: While the big gossip of the season is surrounding the purported heir to the French throne, Lady Emily Ashton is still attracting attention. She is still studying Greek, still refusing to remarry, still drinking port, and still intent on being her own person even as she faces society's censure, troubles with her best friend, multiple proposals, a dashing thief, and a murderer.

My Thoughts: The characters are the most important part of this story so I will start with them (I'm afraid that
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
I loved this one also. The plot just keeps getting thicker and thicker....who is after Lady Emily and why. I kept guessing but the twists and turns were throwing me off so much. I don't know if I ever guessed correctly. I loved how it all revolved around Marie Antoinette's offspring and jewels. Will she ever give up and say yes to Colin? This guy can only propose so many times. He does refuse to kiss her etc. until she becomes his betrothed. I enjoyed the roles each have. Emily definitely wants ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series of Lady Emily. While her friend Cecile is staying with her, a burglar breaks into the home and steals earrings of Cecile's that once belonged to Marie Antoinette. When Emily finds out that other homes have been broken into with items being stolen that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, Emily, of course, has to get to the bottom of it. The burglar continues to break into Emily's home, but is no longer stealing things, but leaving love notes for Emily. At the ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this second book in a series much more than I liked the first one. The first one was good enough that I looked for the next two books at the library the next time I went there.

At this point Emily knows that she missed the opportunity to be married to a man she loved, and has decided to figure out who she is, and what she wants before she accepts Colin's offer of marriage. And that is basically what one part of the plot is about. The other part is the mysteries surrounding the offspring o
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Better than the first, though still with some growing pains. Alexander's language is often too modern and too American (ditto her heroine), but the plot here was much less predictable and introduced a more varied and believable cast of characters. Some loose ends that were conspicuously un-tied and a lingering Purple Prose Problem (Alexander has fallen prey to a need--often exhibited by writers of romance novels or more literate fan-fiction--to constantly prove her erudition and education by des ...more
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