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A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily) Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 Reprint edition (Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061174211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061174216
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,452,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Readers looking for a lighter version of Anne Perry will be well rewarded."--Publishers Weekly

"Immediately engrossing and thoroughly entertaining...Alexander writes with a fullness and richness that leaves the reader extremely satisfied."--Crimespree

"Sometimes touching, sometimes funny and always absorbing, this Victorian-era mystery hits all the right notes."--Romantic Times

Readers looking for a lighter version of Anne Perry will be well rewarded. --Publishers Weekly"

Sometimes touching, sometimes funny and always absorbing, this Victorian-era mystery hits all the right notes. --Romantic Times"

Immediately engrossing and thoroughly entertaining...Alexander writes with a fullness and richness that leaves the reader extremely satisfied. --Crimespree"

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A Lady Emily mystery --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a lovely series set in Victorian times - one which I have been looking forward to for a long time having got part way through the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raebourn before it was brought out on Kindle only or very highly priced paperback, and I hope one day that it will be brought back in paperback so I can continue with that lovely series also. This series I can highly recommend for light and interesting reading as Lady Emily sets about solving crimes with such interesting characters alongside her - never a dull moment.
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I've read her later ones and enjoyed them more. I'm ploughing through this one which is far too long. The story doesn't justify the endless repetitions of the thief sending the heroine missives in Greek and proving tediously elusive.

I am also increasingly infuriated by the Americanisms that would be out of place in a contemporary English novel, let alone one purporting to be set in Victorian high society. People simply wouldn't have talked about "figuring thing out", waiting until "the Fall", asking if they could "visit with" each other and worst of all calling an attendant in the British Museum a "docent"!

I'll probably finish it but only because I've got this far and want to know what happened but I am losing the will to live...
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In my continuing efforts to try to get a bit of a mystery/romance series similar to the Lady Julia Grey Series, I've pressed onward with Lady Emily. But... let me tell you, these books are just not doing it for me. So, this may be my last read in this series for awhile. Who knows? I may change my mind. In this book, Emily has another mystery to solve related to the death of a gentleman - David Francis. But, the mysteries within this series are very complex to the point, one doesn't really care about who committed the crime. No, there's so much extraneous stuff going on, one gets caught up within the mysteries within the mystery.

For example, Lady Emily has a follower who keeps breaking into her home and leaving her nice little bits of jewelry, letters, notes, flowers and so forth. Is this person a villain? Not sure, because someone is definitely trying to do her harm. She also has a supposedly descendant of the Dauphin, Charles Berry, who is setting himself up to be the next Monarch of France and wants her to be his mistress - he's a total jerk. And, there's her sweet little friend, Isabelle, whose mama is setting Isabelle up to be the wife of this future wanna be King. Isabelle's in love with another man who just won't seem to step up to the plate even though Emily does her best to interfere and get them together.

Then Emily's good friend, Ivy, is having issues in her marriage with Robert. Again, Emily interferes to the best of her ability, but Emily has major difficulties of her own. It seems her reputation is in serious trouble because folks are accusing her of having a liaison with her long time friend, Jeremy Sheffield, Duke of Bainbridge, which of course isn't true.
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Every bit as good as the first book in the series, 'And Only to Deceive'. The characters were well-portrayed, mostly believable and likeable. The plot stretched my credibility a bit, but moved at such a pace that I got carried along and didn't think 'could that really have happened then?' until I was considering the plot as a whole after I'd finished reading the book. I was happy to suspend disbelief because Lady Emily is such an engaging character. The novel gives a good sense of how stultifying marriage must have been for women who found the social whirl unsatisfying and longed to stretch themselves intellectually. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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I enjoyed the first book but found it dragged at times. This one is much better and kept me interested all the way through
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An enjoyable story that moves on at a good pace. Slightly spoiled by lazy errors in the details. I doubt if Queen Victoria would have referred to autumn as the fall or that cross channel ships would have been called ferries in common speech. These might seem like little details but they really spoil the flow of the book.
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This was different from my usual type of reading material, but I really enjoyed it and enjoyed the fantasies about smart London Society of the period. I shall certainly more by this author, but hope there won't be quite so many American spellings and grammatical differences, as I find them confusing at times.
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