A Poisoned Season

A Poisoned Season

[a Novel of Suspense]

Book - 2007
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Stolen jewels, secret identities, and death abound in this sparkling tale of suspense set in Victorian England, from New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander.

London's social season is in full swing, and Victorian aristocracy can't stop whispering about a certain gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. But he's not the only topic of wagging tongues. Drawing rooms, boudoirs, and ballrooms are abuzz with the latest news of an audacious cat burglar who has been systematically stealing valuable items that once belonged to the ill-fated queen.

Light gossip turns serious when the owner of one of the pilfered treasures is found murdered, and the mysterious thief develops a twisted obsession with Lady Emily Ashton. It will take all of Lady Emily's wit and perseverance to unmask her stalker and ferret out the murderer, while faced with a brewing scandal that threatens both her reputation and her romance with her late husband's best friend, the dashing Colin Hargreaves.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007
ISBN: 9780061174148
Branch Call Number: ALE
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm

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nidofito
Apr 30, 2016

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.

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martha_w
Oct 17, 2015

This is the second book in the Lady Emily Ashton series, and it cements my overall thoughts on the series -- that it's reasonably entertaining without being knock-your-socks-off awesome. Emily is spirited and curious, making her a good protagonist for a mystery series, and there are some interesting supporting characters -- and I also thought the mystery in this one was an improvement over the one in the first book -- but the overall tone lacks the wit and sparkle of the similar -- but superior -- Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn, and while I like Emily's love interest, I wish their relationship was more carefully written, as it at times feels like we're being told the characters are crazy in love without actually witnessing any of the attendant emotion. Having said that, fans of historical mystery will likely enjoy this well enough, and I'll continue with the series.

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thebritlass
Sep 10, 2015

The second book in the series is as entertaining and hard-to-put-down as the first. Pure pleasure to read.

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lozza1401
Nov 05, 2012

A good book, set in an interesting era. I liked the social scenes and how Emily refuses to act like a lady. I recommend reading the book before this, 'And Only To Deceive', as this is a sequel.

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