A FATAL WALTZ
How fun to find a woman sleuth who's not only smart and way ahead of her time, but also not afraid to be openly
in love. Alexander gives us just such a character in Lady Emily Ashton. While the mystery is solid, the prose, written
as Emily's first-person correspondence, can wear on readers.
If murder weren't enough to kill an evening, Emily isn't happy to find that her fiance's old romantic encounter, Kristiana von Lange, an Austrian countess, is also at the party. When Emily discovers that the only way to prove Robert's innocence is to not only join forces with the countess but also to put her fiance, Colin Hargreaves, in danger, Emily must decide if the end does, in fact, justify the means. (MORROW, Jun., 304 pp., $23.95)