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Vienna Waltz (Malcom & Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mysteries) (Malcolm & Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Grant

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Nothing is fair in love and war. . .

Europe's elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna--princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar--all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests. . .

Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana. As a protégé of France's Prince Talleyrand and attaché for Britain's Lord Castlereagh, Malcolm sets out to investigate the murder and must enlist Suzanne's special skills and knowledge if he is to succeed. As a complex dance between husband and wife in the search for the truth ensues, no one's secrets are safe, and the future of Europe may hang in the balance. . .

"A perfect blend of history, mystery, romance, and suspense." --Deborah Crombie

"Meticulous, delightful, and full of surprises." --Tasha Alexander

"Glittering balls, deadly intrigue, sexual scandals. . .the next best thing to actually being there!" --Lauren Willig

"Absolutely gripping. . .historical intrigue at its finest." --Deanna Raybourn

"Shimmers like the finest salons in Vienna." --Deborah Crombie


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758254237
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; 1 edition (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IWR3L0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, intrigue, romance interwoven with real history. 6 April 2011
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
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Tracy Grant writes this book as Teresa Grant, for reasons unknown to me, but she's a favorite historical romance/intrigue/mystery author of mine who doles out her books much too slowly. This is only her third, after SECRETS OF A LADY (aka DAUGHTER OF THE GAME) in 2002 and BENEATH A SILENT MOON in 2003. I see that she has a sequel to these two, THE MASK OF NIGHT, out since March 23 of this year, but available only on Kindle. Sounds like I'm going to have to give in and get my Kindle soon. (One more interesting aside about Grant is that she and her mother Joan Grant collaborated in the late 80s and early 90s on several Regency romances, writing under the name Anthea Malcolm. Those novels, however, never impressed me quite as much as her solo work.)

This novel takes place in 1814 with the Congress of Vienna as the backdrop. Many important characters here are real historical figures such as Talleyrand, Metternich, Castlereagh and Tsar Alexander, who interact interestingly and realistically with Grant's fictional characters.

A beautiful and mysterious Russian princess, Tatiana, is murdered at the beginning of this story. She has been the lover of innumerable important political personages and almost no one can be left out as a possible suspect, including our protagonist Malcolm Rannoch, attache in the British Delegation to the Congress of Vienna. As a mystery, this book is very satisfying. It's a complex, fascinating whodunit with so many twists and turns that it is not easily solved by the reader.

Malcolm's wife is Suzanne, whom he met in Spain a few years before and married in what seems to be an alliance of necessity rather than love. Neither Malcolm nor Suzanne (now parents of a toddler under 2) are open with each other, keeping secrets that would better serve their relationship by being out in the open. They investigate the murder together, an investigation that unravels complex, fascinating political and sexual liaisons and, along the way, helps them to reveal themselves to each other and deepen their personal relationship.

The reader learns a lot about the political intrigues and alliances in Europe after the exile of Napoleon to Elba in an exciting and entertaining way. There are also several romantic relationships of both historical and fictional characters for added interest. But foremost, for the romance reader, is the relationship of Malcolm and Suzanne. They are frustratingly cool, stiff, and formal with each other, sidestepping a truly meaningful partnership with deep emotional attachments, but as they investigate the murder, layers of their past histories are revealed to the reader, even as they begin to reveal more of themselves to each other.

I very much enjoyed this well-written, intelligent, complex and richly detailed book. It has left me a bit puzzled, however, about the identities of Malcolm and Suzanne. They seem to be the Charles and Melanie Fraser of Grant's two earlier novels, but a few of the revelations about Malcolm and Suzanne's history in Spain and after marriage don't seem to be quite the same as what I remember of Charles and Melanie. Guess it's back to rereading those earlier novels to puzzle it out. That's the thing about Tracy Grant. You can't be a lazy reader if you want to understand everything in her books.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction, mystery and romance - all in one 13 April 2011
By Jeanne Pickering - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful historical fiction/mystery/romance for those who love history told accurately but like to be surprised as well. I confess I didn't know much about the 1814 Congress of Vienna before reading this book. I am amazed at the antics of the people involved - huge balls, a medieval pageant, multiple love affairs - when did they have time to negotiate? Teresa/Tracy Grant has a bibliography at the end for those who like to learn more. I've checked out a couple of those and it appears that the CoV participants really were as Tracy describes them. No wonder they shocked their Victorian Age children.

Tracy is a great writer - she keeps you guessing about the motives and actions of the fictional characters and blends in the real life ones with ease. Even if you're not a history lover, you will fall in love with her main characters. This is not strictly a romance, either. The main characters have a marriage of convenience and are only slowly getting to get to know each other.

If you're new to Ms. Grant's work, you should start with this book and then move on to Beneath a Silent Moon, Secrets of a Lady and The Mask of Night (A Charles & Melanie Fraser Historical), in that order. The main characters change names (Malcolm to Charles and Suzanne to Melanie) but they are are same characters.

If you've read her earlier books, then I don't have to convince you to pick up Vienna Waltz. You'll have been anxious to get back into the world she creates and spend time with Charles and Melanie. Enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good read. The author has clearly done some research ... 21 Sep 2014
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A rollicking good read. The author has clearly done some research on the political climate and characters prominent for the time in which she sets her novel - though she does take some liberties with social mores (sorry, can't do an accent aigu; read that "mor-res") and probable conversational exchanges/language of the time. Nothing glaring; Grant creates a convincingly real sense of time & place. Masterfully maintains romantic tension between our two protagonists, Malcolm & Suzanne, as they do their own internal waltzes around the "she/he loves me, he/she loves me not" issues related to the circumstances of their marriage. Author dances near, but never crosses the threshold of tolerance (at least, my tolerance) on this. The mystery in the novel is a doozy. Again, the authoress may have given the ladies - not exactly too large a role, but tweaked it slightly beyond the probable as their role in international affairs (no pun intended). Still, it is made believable in context, and certainly there is historical precedence from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Mata Hari in support of the excellent tangles Grant weaves with threads of political goals, private passions, individual ambitions, and personal lusts, drenched in a nice sauce of international intrigue. Lots of plot twists. Lots of action. Our protagonists have an obvious dollop of "superhero" about them, but that's OK by me; if I wanted unvarnished reality, I'd always read non-fiction. Grants manages to flesh-out most of her characters. One cares what happens to them; they're interesting. Do try to read this one before "Daughter of the Game"/"Secrets of a Lady." Most men will probably prefer to stick with Clive Cussler ;-) though a few might read this just for the mystery. It's a ripping yarn, and well written.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Teresa Grant . . . 4 Oct 2014
By pjburn - Published on Amazon.com
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. . . write dialogue? Wow! Yes! Can she develop a plot line across several books? Oh, YES! And an intricate, devious mind (like mine) is tremendously entertained by those strengths! However, the best, absolute best thing about Ms. Grant is that she does this so beautifully that even a guy like me doesn’t mind reading about what the women are wearing. (I’ve picked up some new vocabulary that will amaze my friends when we play Battle of the Sexes at the beach next year.) Her characters are engaging, and the secrets they all have are generally known to the reader, but not to each other, which creates some great dramatic ironies as we watch Suzanne dance ever closer to telling Malcolm more of the truth about herself, and we enjoy Malcolm learning to lose himself in their relationship, then drawing back to keep his own secrets. Wonderful suspense and dazzling intrigu
5.0 out of 5 stars All I have read are excellent with superb writing with the ability to hold your ... 16 Nov 2014
By Janice G. Horne - Published on Amazon.com
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I am correcting my previous feedback. The correct chronological order of reading this series is: The novella "His Spanish Bride",
Vienna Waltz; Imperial Scandal; The Paris Affair; a novella The Paris Plot; Beneath a Silent Moon; Secrets of a Lady or also named Daughter of the Game; The Mask of Night. I have read His Spanish Bride, Vienna Waltz and am now reading Imperial Scandal. All I have read are excellent with superb writing with the ability to hold your interest all the way through.
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