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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, intrigue, romance interwoven with real history. 6 April 2011
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
8 of 8 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent historical amateur sleuth 1 April 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Following the defeat of Napoleon, the European leadership gathers in Vienna to discuss how to draw the new boundaries. Though security is at intense levels with the foreign ministers of the superpowers in attendance, someone kills Russian Princess Tatiana Kirsanova.

British diplomat Malcolm Rannoch is looking at Tatiana's corpse in her quarters when his wife Suzanne arrives. He swears he just got there only a few minutes before her. Each insists they were summoned there. Although she has major doubts about her spouse's voracity, Suzanne teams up with Malcolm to investigate who murdered the Russian beauty before a diplomatic nightmare devastates the Congress of Vienna before it can begin in earnest.

Using real persona (Tallyrand, Metternich, Castlereagh and Wellington, etc.) and events like the festivities that occurred due to the end of the latest war to end all wars and the subsequent Congress of Vienna peace conference of 1814-1815 to anchor time and place, Teresa Grant provides an excellent historical amateur sleuth historical mystery. Suzanne believes her spouse is hiding the real reason he was in Tatiana's room though to her that is obvious. Still she joins him as the couple investigates who murdered the Russian royal before the homicide kills the Congress of Vienna efforts to redraw the map in order to prevent another Napoleonic Era of war.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of history, mystery and romance 3 May 2011
By Misfit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The year is 1814 and Europe's leaders have gathered in Vienna to redefine the boundaries from Napoleon's now defunct empire. As the book opens, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova is found brutally murdered and the suspects are as numerous as her lovers - and that includes Malcolm Rannoch, attaché to the British ambassador - everyone in Vienna is convinced he's Tatiana's lover, including his wife Suzanne. Or did Tsar Alexander do Tatiana in? Prince Metternich, the Austrian foreign minister? Might the infamous Talleyrand who has his fingers in every pie have something to do with it? What deep dark secret could Tatiana have stumbled on that someone would want to kill for?

Whew, the possibilities are just endless. This was a fast, fun and very entertaining read that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. The cast of characters (historical and fictional) are large and complex and do use the guide the author provides (Dramatis Personae as she calls it). There's plenty of history, mystery and romance (I'd have liked to see more romance, but beggars can't be choosers). Suzanne and Malcolm are smart, intelligent, urbane and very very witty (do not mess with Suzanne, whatever you do), and I really appreciated the author including some real moments of interaction with their son, he was very much more than mere window dressing or a plot device. I loved watching their relationship develop and unfold and definitely want to read more, and from what I understand there's more coming soon and from a blog interview I found it appears that Grant has written other books on this pair, and had to change her name and the pair's name with the new publisher. Why do they do that?

4/5 stars and just so Mr. FTC can sleep at night I obtained my copy from my county library. The world is still safe.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed 17 May 2014
By Lin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
great book - this is the third in the series that I have read and have not been disappointed with any of them. looking forward to the others.
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