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Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Continental Locales
Intrigue. Murder. The redrawing of European boundaries. It’s all here, intertwined with Talleyrand, Metternich and Csar Alexander and a thrilling mystery. Grant has her amateur husband-and-wife sleuths move through the labyrinth, skillfully drawing readers into this gripping story. Though the romance is pushed aside, readers will enjoy the well-drawn backdrop and the suspense Grant provides.
Princess Tatiana Kirsanova’s life is nothing if not dramatic. But who would want to kill her? Tatiana’s murder sets off a thrilling chain of events. Suzanne Rannoch is in Vienna with her husband, Malcolm, an attaché to the British delegation. Having met on the battlefields of Spain, they are fond of one another, but know little of one another’s pasts. Late one night they find themselves standing over Tatiana’s body with the most important men in Europe. The chase to catch the killer takes the couple onto rooftops, into inn kitchens and through the most sparkling salons in Europe. They become the confidants of princes and empresses and fight to clear Malcolm of the murder. Along the way the discover more about Tatiana than anyone knew possible, and surprisingly, more about each other. (KENSINGTON, Apr., 428 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Natalie Robin
Published: April 2011