Nothing is fair in love and war. . .
With Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to Elba, the elite of Europe have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna--princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar--negotiating the fate of the Continent by day and flirting and waltzing by night. But on one of those candle-warmed evenings, Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked...more
In 1814 the Congress of Vienna was convened to redraw boundaries after the Napoleonic Wars and to redress the balance of power in Europe.
Malcolm Rannoch, diplomat and intelligence agent and member of the British delegation, is accompanied by his wife Suzanne and their 17 month-old baby Colin to Vienna. Suzanne has been sent a note by Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, rum ...more
Vienna Waltz is a real treat for fans of meaty, intricately plotted and well-researched historical fiction. Set during the Congress of Vienna in 1814, when the ambassadors from the major powers in Europe – Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia and France – gathered in order to seek a long-term peace following the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars, the book is the first in a series of mystery/espionage novels featuring Malcolm Rannoch, attaché to the British delegation, and ...more
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Another thing is that I felt like I was being dropped into things in medias res - like I was missing something. When I came onto Goodreads to figure out if I had missed some earlier books in the series, I found out that I had - but that this was a prequel. (For those of you interested, apparently ...more
Vienna Waltz opens right in on the action, no set-up here. We find out things as we go along, and I love books like that. The hero and heroine of our tale: Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch are thrust in the middle of the murder investigation, because on the night of the murder, Princess Tatiana had dispatched messages to meet her in ...more
Set at the 1814 Congress of Vienna, the author skillfully mixes the real intrigues of the time with a mystery of her own. The leads, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, are in attendance as Malcolm serves as a diplomatic attache. As the book opens, a notorious Russian cou ...more
But once I got started reading, I quickly realized the only things that changed about these characters were their names. Everything else was the same. And truthfully, I still thought of them as Charles and Mélanie even as I was seeing Malcolm and Suzanne on the page.
With that out of the way.. ...more
Weaving her story among t ...more
The descriptions were wonderful, the storyline intricately twisted, and the intrigue was diabolical! It was a s ...more
Set in 1814, at the Congress of Vienna
Malcolm Rannoch = Charles Frazer
Suzanne Rannoch = Melanie Frazer
Wonderful story, even though we who have read Daughter of the Game/Secrets of a Lady know what happens to the couple later.
But then the plot becomes overly convoluted and theatrical. By the last 1/4, I just wanted to be done and find out whodunit. Could have been edited down, but author shows promise.