The Lady Emily mysteries have all the makings of an elegant English tea: lushly described Victorian setting that moves through all levels of society; a hero the reader will sigh for; a beautiful and very clever heroine. Add to that an intriguing mystery and a dollop of humor to finish!

Lady Emily and her husband Colin are happily at his ancestral home Anglemore Park, enjoying their twin infant boys and the foster toddler they care for. When the Marquess of Montagu from the neighboring estate appears through the French doors and drops dead, it is the beginning of another mystery. Who killed him? The elegant cousin who might lose everything if he had his way? The friend whom he betrayed in Oxford? The many women he seduced? He may have been a marquess, but Emily and Colin soon discover he was no gentleman. (MINOTAUR, Oct., 272 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor