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Death in the Floating City: Lady Emily 7 (Lady Emily Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Tasha Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The past does not give its secrets up easily...

Years ago, Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalised society when she eloped with an Italian count. Now her father-in-law lies murdered, and her husband has fled, making him the prime suspect. Alone in her empty palazzo, Emma realises there's no one she can turn to for help but Emily, who leaves at once for Venice, with her husband.

When a fifteenth-century ring is found in the hand of the slain man, the mysteries of past and present become entwined, and in order to find the murderer, Emily must first unravel the secret of a centuries-old love affair...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (8 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN2KSTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read if you want 16 Mar. 2014
By toast
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Something easy. Rather repetative but I can't write for toffee so ...heavy handed but a good romantic diversion for a long flight etc
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 26 Dec. 2012
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I like the Lady Emily mysteries, and this is one of the better ones. I liked the zooming in and out of the past - it gives a satisfying depth to the plot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars unfocused 16 Jan. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Could not really work out the focus of the story or the time period in which it was set.
The cover did not represent the contents.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Phenomenal - Best of the Series! 16 Oct. 2012
By The Allure of Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander is the seventh installment of the Lady Emily series, which I've mentioned numerous times on the blog as a favorite of mine. I've been anticipating the release for months, but I was still absolutely floored by how seriously awesome it is. THIS SERIES, you guys. So good.

As evident by the title, the book is set in Venice. An old childhood nemesis of Emily's calls upon her and husband Colin to help solve the murder of her father-in-law. What follows is a fabulously twisty path into a centuries-old feud between warring families, complete with its own star-crossed love story. (Yes, feel free to think Romeo & Juliet. Except better.)

The power, intrigue and romance of both 15th and 19th century Venice are woven into every page - and are the core of what makes Death in the Floating City the best book of the series. Seriously, there is no way to read this novel and not want to immediately check under the couch cushions for lost quarters in order to start a "Trip to Venice" change jar. I've actually been there, and I felt its presence just as much while reading this book as when I was standing in front of St. Mark's Basilica.

The first flashback into the late 1400s is just pages into the novel. I must admit, despite my fierce faith in Tasha Alexander, that I groaned. Flashbacks aren't usually my thing - I always feel impatient to get through them to get back to the "real" story. I figured that would be doubly true since I'm so attached to the main characters, Emily and Colin. NOPE. Consider me a convert, because they are fabulous. Full of angst and romance and desperation and tragedy and ALL THE GOOD THINGS that star-crossed love stories are supposed to have (including the ugly cry).

If you aren't interested in starting the series from the beginning, Death in the Floating City can certainly be read as a stand-alone. I would love if you did start with the first book though, I will beg if necessary! Emily is so fierce - determined to be independent (in a learning ancient Greek and Latin, drinking port after dinner, storming city officials to demand the right to vote kind of way). Colin is possibly the most swoon-worthy male specimen committed to print. I'm more than a little in love with him. Why on Earth wouldn't you want to spend an entire series getting to know these people? (WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THEY AREN'T REAL?)

To Sum It Up:

-The beautiful city of Venice obviously inspired Tasha Alexander tremendously, because the setting explodes off the pages and takes what was already a fabulous series to a whole new level.

-Feuding families! A doomed Renaissance love story! A lovely cast of side characters that vary from the scholarly to the scandalous to the unbelievably treacherous. An ending that literally made my jaw drop from shock. I CAN BARELY CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT OVER THE AWESOME THAT IS THIS BOOK.

-The plot and setting might both be beyond stellar, but Colin and Emily definitely still manage to shine. Two of the best characters I've come across, for sure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I miss you, Lady Emily 2 Jan. 2013
By Michelle S. Luster - Published on Amazon.com
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Each of the books in this series has been clever, with just enough mystery and dashes of romance to keep me intrigued. This one was written in a very different style and didn't have the same intimate touches that remind the reader how much we truly like all the characters large and small. It was just not as satisfying.

Ms. Alexander, you are a very talented writer, and perhaps you've become bored with this series now that things have progressed so far? If so, lets be done with it. You've got more clever ideas- we're ready for them.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death in the Floating City: A Lady Emily Mystery (Lady Emily Mysteries) 6 Nov. 2012
By Evysbirds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was my first book by Tasha Alexander, and before I was half finished I bought 4 more. I was happily carried away to Venice and totally enjoyed this light and witty detective story. She had me from page one. So if you want a good Light read this is the perfect book for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Just Enough of Everything in This Book to Make Me a Happy Reader 26 Oct. 2012
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lady Emily Hargreaves, accompanied by her husband Colin, is on her way to Venice to help a childhood friend named Emma Callum. A better description would be a childhood nemesis --- Emily and Emma were not exactly the best of friends as children, and Emily did her best to distance herself from Emma whenever possible. However, Emma has asked for her help and Emily can't turn down that plea, even when it comes from Emma. Years ago, Emma ran off with an Italian Count and caused a bit of a scandal at home, but is now in desperate need of Emily's detective skills. Her father-in-law has been murdered in the home she shares with her husband, who is the main suspect but has disappeared. She needs Emily to find the murderer and clear him.

Wary of Emma's motives but still willing to help, Emily and Colin begin their investigation and Emily soon finds herself fascinated by Venice, a city she has never visited before. With few clues besides an old ring to go on, Emily enlists the help of a Venetian historian and his daughter, Donata, to help her navigate the city and open a few palazzo doors for her to ask questions. With the help of Donata, Emily stumbles upon a centuries-old love story that tore two individuals and their families apart. The same feud is still going strong, which doesn't help Emily when she needs questions answered. She begins searching frantically through libraries and family trees for any clue that will help solve the case, while Colin begins a search for Emma's missing husband.

This is my second Lady Emily mystery, and I'm becoming addicted. I need to plan some reading time to go back and start this series from the beginning. While these books do stand on their own, the characters and settings are so good that I want to spend more time in this world. Emily and Colin are incredibly likable characters, and the settings are so lovely that you want to step into the pages. Tasha Alexander does a fantastic job here with the crumbling palazzos, dusty old books, and gondolas gliding along the canals.

What I liked most about the mystery was the way it was wrapped up in a love story a la Romeo and Juliet. Told through letters interspersed throughout the book, the centuries-old love story starts to show up in Emily's mystery in unexpected ways. In the end, Alexander wraps up this one nicely with a sneak peek of what's ahead for Emily and Colin.

I love that I was able to fall into the novel and get lost in the mystery, the romance, and the city of Venice. I was pulled into the story very early and didn't want to leave. There's just enough of everything in this book to make me a happy reader. Obviously, I cannot wait for Emily's next adventure.

Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just adored this delicious novel! 15 Mar. 2013
By Stephanie Cowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love almost everything about Venice and to have the intelligent Lady Emily and her handsome husband solving a complex murder and, interspersed between their search through the calles and once grand palazzi, a heart-rending story of ill-fated love set in the city in the 16th century, was just too delicious! Bravissima! Such vivid descriptions! You will love it!
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