Even a Lady in the Victorian era can solve crime!
Who is Lady Emily?
Lady Emily is the main protagonist in the historical mystery series written by American author Tasha Alexander.
Victorian’s most colorful and delightfully eccentric sleuth, Lady Emily moves in the most exclusive circles of London. But behind the veneer of sumptuous drawing rooms and ballrooms, even the aristocracy is not immune to burglary, betrayals and brutal murders. In her country estates or during her holidays abroad, there are always mysteries to solve for Lady Emily.
Lady Emily Books in Order:
- And Only to Deceive – Lady Emily’s desire to learn more about her late husband takes her to the corridors of the British Museum, where she uncovers a dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. Her search to solve the crime leads to surprising discoveries about the man she married and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.
- A Poisoned Season – 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 Marie Antoinette. 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.
- A Fatal Waltz – At her friend Ivy’s behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem. Kristiana von Lange, an Austrian countess once linked romantically with Emily’s fiancé, the debonair Colin Hargreaves, is a guest also. And a tedious evening turns deadly when their host is found murdered.
- The Bridal Strain: Emily and Colin’s Wedding (short story) – Lady Emily Ashton accepted Colin Hargreaves’s proposal only after a significant amount of wooing. After a harrowing investigation in Vienna, they have arrived at Emily’s villa on the Greek island of Santorini, and the time, at last, has come for them to marry.
- Tears of Pearl – Newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves set out toward Turkey for an exotic honeymoon. But on their first night in the city, a harem girl is found murdered. Sir Richard St. Clare, an Englishman who works at the embassy in Constantinople, is present and recognizes the girl as his own daughter who was kidnapped twenty years earlier. Emily and Colin promise the heartbroken father that they’ll find her killer.
- Dangerous to Know – Returning from her honeymoon, Lady Emily convalesces at her mother-in-law’s beautiful estate in Normandy. But the calm she so desperately seeks is shattered when, out riding a horse, she comes upon the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. The girl’s wounds are identical to those inflicted on the victims of Jack the Ripper, who has wreaked havoc across the channel in London.
- A Crimson Warning – Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking forward to enjoying the delights of the season. But an audacious vandal disturbs the peace in the capital city, splashing red paint on the neat edifices of the homes of London’s elite. This mark, impossible to hide, presages the revelation of scandalous secrets, driving the hapless victims into disgrace, despair and even death.
- Death in the Floating City – Years ago, Lady Emily’s childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalized polite society when she eloped to Venice with an Italian count. But now her father-in-law lies murdered, and her husband has vanished. There’s no one Emma can turn to for help but Emily, who leaves at once with her husband for Venice.
- Behind the Shattered Glass – Anglemore Park is the ancestral home of Lady Emily Hargreave’s husband Colin. But the stately calm of country life is destroyed when their neighbor, the Marquess of Montagu, bursts through the French doors from the garden and falls down dead in front of the shocked gathering. But who has a motive for murdering the young aristocrat?
- The Counterfeit Heiress – After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions.
- Star of the East (short story) – Lady Emily and Colin make it a rule to spend as little time as possible with her parents in Kent, but are unable to refuse Lady Catherine Bromley’s invitation to join them for a pre-Christmas party. When a priceless diamond maang tika and a simple gold bangle disappear from other guests’ room, a diplomatic incident seems imminent, particularly after the maang tika turns up in Emily’s possession.
- The Adventuress – Lady Emily and Colin have come to the French Riviera for what should be a joyous occasion – the engagement party of her lifelong friend Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge, and Amity Wells, an American heiress. But the merrymaking is cut short with the shocking death of one of the party in an apparent suicide.
- That Silent Night (short story) – It’s almost Christmas. And when Lady Emily looks out the window to see a woman standing in the blowing snow, without a coat, an eerie feeling falls over her, and she rushes out to help, only to find that the woman has disappeared. Colin is convinced her eyes were playing tricks on her, but Emily is haunted by the woman’s image. Clearly, there is something spooky afoot…
- A Terrible Beauty – On a quest to distract her lifelong friend Jeremy from his recent heartbreak, Lady Emily organizes a holiday in Greece. As a lover of all things Greek, she quickly finds herself occupied with tours of ancient ruins. But the pleasantries are brought to an abrupt halt when a man long believed dead greets the party at their island villa. Lord Philip Ashton, Colin’s childhood best friend and Emily’s first husband, has returned.
- Death in St. Petersburg – After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night’s performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow. Amongst the theatergoers is Lady Emily. When the dead ballerina’s aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star’s murderer.
- Amid the Winter’s Snow (short story) – Lady Emily and Colin are looking forward to nothing more than spending a relaxing Christmas at their country estate. Their solitude is interrupted by a knock on the door one night, when the villagers of nearby Dunsford Vale come to them with strange tales of a barghest–a mythical black dog with red eyes and enormous teeth and claws–that has been wreaking havoc on the town.
- Uneasy Lies the Crown – The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has sent the entire British Empire into mourning. But for Lady Emily and Colin the grieving is cut short as another death takes center stage. A body has been found, posed to look like the murdered king Henry VI. When a second dead man turns up, his mutilated remains staged to evoke the violent demise of Edward II, it becomes evident that the mastermind behind the crimes plans to strike again.