Once again Lady Emily becomes embroiled in a mystery as a man claims to be the rightful descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and seeks to restore the throne to France. Items that had belonged to Marie Antoinette are being stolen from various owners by a cat burglar. One of the owners turns up murdered and Lady Emily seeks to find the murderer, while being stalked by a man who leaves her notes in Greek.
I love these cozy Victorian murder mysteries. Tasha Alexander is a delightful writer, very similar to the Lady Julia Grey series. Lady Emily is a fun protagonist, very much her own woman; she drinks port, smokes cigars, and meets with men unchaperoned. She reads popular novels and studies Greek. And she solves mysteries.
These novels have just the right amount of history, mystery, and romance. I highly recommend them. I will soon be starting the next in the series, A Fatal Waltz.
my rating 4/5
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
- Language: English