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Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander

Posted By Claire on November 13, 2011

“Dangerous to Know” is the latest paperback instalment in the Lady Emily mystery series by novelist Tasha Alexander. I’ve just finished it and must admit that I’m now hungry to find the rest of the series – yes, my Amazon wishlist is rather long!

This murder mystery is set in Normandy, France, and features a Victorian character, Lady Emily Hargreaves, as its sleuth and heroine. Emily has recently had a rather brutal brush with death (must read that book!) and so has retreated to her mother-in-law’s estate in Normandy to recover from her ordeal. Unfortunately, while she’s there she stumbles upon the body of a young woman who appears to be the victim of a Jack the Ripper copycat. Emily finds out that the victim, Edith, was the daughter of a wealthy French family who was sent to an asylum after showing signs of insanity, a family failing. Edith apparently was haunted by the ghost of a murdered child whose hair was decorated with a blue ribbon, so is Emily also going mad when she also wakes up to weeping and wailing and blue ribbons left for her to find? Edith, the eccentric Madeline and Emily all seem to be being haunted by the same ghostly child, just what is going on and what has it to do with Edith’s death?

Not only is Emily busy trying to get to the bottom of this mystery, she is also getting over her grief of losing her own child in a miscarriage caused by her brush with death, plus her husband is being rather overprotective and seems to want her to cut back on the sleuthing, the job she sees as her calling. All this and she also comes into contact with the enigmatic art thief, Sebastian, who steals a Monet to get her attention, and her mother-in-law seems disappointed in her son’s choice of bride! Can she get to the bottom of these mysterious goings-on with her life and marriage intact? Read and find out!

I loved this novel. I’ve been going through a phase of reading historical who-dunnits and have loved every single one of them. I feel very lucky to have been introduced to some new authors and Tasha Alexander’s books are definitely going on my Christmas list. Alexander brought both the lives of these characters and the times they lived in to life brilliantly. You can’t help but fall in love with Sebastian – a very lovable rogue – and empathise with Emily, who is an enlightened woman living in a world which still sees women as fragile and second class. I would highly recommend this book, thank you so much to Tasha Alexander for a very entertaining read!

Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
Format : Paperback
Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 2011)
ISBN-10: 0312383797
ISBN-13: 978-031238381-7
Availability: Click here to order from Amazon.com or click here to order from Amazon UK.

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