DEATH IN THE FLOATING CITY
Victorian Venice is an ideal setting for the many tangled love stories encountered by Lady Emily during her new mystery, but the web of lies and betrayals does not compare to the Romeo and Juliet tale of Besina and Nicolò that the author interleaves between the more contemporary chapters. The story of their ill-fated love is much more compelling, in fact. The plot is straightforward enough, but Alexander pulls the solution out of thin air at the end, which is disappointing. Still, the exotic setting, awash in its romantic past, makes this a pleasant read.