I enjoy the Lady Emily series and think that the last book, Death in the Floating City, was the best of the series so far. This new book is enjoyable, however there are flaws which I found slightly irritating in one case, and far-fetched in another.
If you haven't read Death in the Floating City yet, don't read on.
1). I found it somewhat incredible that Emily and Colin would actually tell both their families and servants that baby Tomasino was the son of a murderer. Thereby ensuring that both the servants and Emily's Mother resented the baby. This knowledge would of course now follow him to school and through his later life.
2).The author has hereditary peerage and entail in England mixed up with Scotland. In England entailed estates and peerage titles pass through the male line only. An entailed estate and title would not pass to a daughter, sister, female cousin, or a daughter's, sister's, female cousin's son. That has only ever happened once and it took special dispensation (Duke of Marlborough's son and heir was killed in the Peninsular wars and his sister's son was given the title etc). A woman in England would not inherit a peerage in her own right. She could be made a peer however, in the monarch's birthday honours. However, in Scotland a woman can inherit a title and estate.
3). I thought that the situation between the maid Lily and Lord Flyte, very far-fetched and unrealistic.
Summary - young Lord Montagu bursts through the French doors of Colin's estate and collapses dead, bashed over the head. Everyone seems to like Montagu and thinks him a fine upstanding fellow, so who would kill him? Then Colin and Emily find out that Montagu wasn't as spotless as formally portrayed. Indeed, he seems to make a point of seducing as many innocent young girls as possible.
What I particularly like about this series is the relationship between Emily and Colin.