cover image The Adventuress: A Lady Emily Mystery

The Adventuress: A Lady Emily Mystery

Tasha Alexander. Minotaur, $25.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-05826-3

Alexander’s diverting 10th late Victorian mystery (after 2014’s The Counterfeit Heiress) finds Lady Emily Hargreaves and her husband, Colin, in Cannes, France, where they’re celebrating the engagement of a childhood friend of hers, Jeremy Sheffield, Duke of Bainbridge. A confirmed bachelor, Jeremy has surprised everyone by falling for wealthy American Amity Wells. Emily doesn’t quite trust Amity’s “studied perfection,” but her doubts are overshadowed when a member of their party is found dead in Jeremy’s hotel suite. The coroner rules it suicide, but Emily suspects murder—and wonders whether Jeremy was the real target. Alexander weaves a compelling story of intrigue among upper-crust fin de siècle society, though the Wells family fails to transcend stereotypes of crass, conniving Americans. Chapters from Amity’s perspective, narrated in the third-person, provide glimpses of colonial India and Egypt, though they do little to flesh out her character. Readers who guess the killer’s identity may still be surprised by the motive. [em]Agent: Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates. (Oct.) [/em]