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A FATAL WALTZ
by Tasha Alexander

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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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.

Only Emily's best friend, Ivy, could convince her to attend a party given by pompous Lord Basil Fortescue. When Fortescue is found murdered, Ivy's husband, Robert Brandon, is arrested, and Emily reluctantly agrees to investigate the murder.

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)

Reviewed By: Cindy Himler

Publisher: Morrow

Published: June 2008

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