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In the Shadow of Vesuvius : A Lady Emily Mystery
by Tasha Alexander




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In skillfully intertwined storylines from the dawn of the twentieth century and the heyday of the Roman Empire, Tasha Alexander's In the Shadow of Vesuvius, the latest installment to her bestselling series, brings Lady Emily and her husband to Pompeii, where they uncover a recent crime in the ancient city.

Some corpses lie undisturbed longer than others. But when Lady Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii, she sets in motion a deadly chain of events that ties her future to the fate of a woman whose story had been lost for nearly two thousand years.

Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have accompanied her dear friend Ivy Brandon on a trip to Pompeii. When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own. She seems to be aided by the archaeologists excavating the ruins, including a moody painter, the enigmatic site director, and a free-thinking American capable of sparring with even the Duke of Bainbridge. But each of them has secrets hiding among the ruins.

The sudden appearance of a beautiful young woman who claims a shocking relationship to the Hargreaves family throws Emily's investigation off-course. And as she struggles to face an unsettling truth about Colin's past, it becomes clear that someone else wants her off the case--for good. Emily's resolve to unearth the facts is unshakable. But how far below the surface can she dig before she risks burying herself along with the truth?

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Overview

In skillfully intertwined storylines from the dawn of the twentieth century and the heyday of the Roman Empire, Tasha Alexander's In the Shadow of Vesuvius, the latest installment to her bestselling series, brings Lady Emily and her husband to Pompeii, where they uncover a recent crime in the ancient city.

Some corpses lie undisturbed longer than others. But when Lady Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii, she sets in motion a deadly chain of events that ties her future to the fate of a woman whose story had been lost for nearly two thousand years.

Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have accompanied her dear friend Ivy Brandon on a trip to Pompeii. When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own. She seems to be aided by the archaeologists excavating the ruins, including a moody painter, the enigmatic site director, and a free-thinking American capable of sparring with even the Duke of Bainbridge. But each of them has secrets hiding among the ruins.

The sudden appearance of a beautiful young woman who claims a shocking relationship to the Hargreaves family throws Emily's investigation off-course. And as she struggles to face an unsettling truth about Colin's past, it becomes clear that someone else wants her off the case--for good. Emily's resolve to unearth the facts is unshakable. But how far below the surface can she dig before she risks burying herself along with the truth?


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250164735
  • ISBN-10: 1250164737
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • Publish Date: January 2020
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds

Series: Lady Emily Mysteries

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Cozy mysteries: January 2020

Three standout cozies featuring smart and sassy heroines.


 ★ Dead in Dublin
Catie Murphy kicks off the Dublin Driver Mystery series with Dead in Dublin. Ex-military combat medic Megan Malone has started life over as a limo driver in Ireland—a pleasant enough gig until her client, a famous food blogger, keels over while she’s on the job. The restaurant where the blogger last ate is doomed if their food was the cause, and Megan is quickly enlisted to find out the truth. Murphy’s Dublin feels immersive and authentic, and even minor characters add depth and detail. Orla Keegan, Megan’s boss at the limo company and also her landlord, is a prickly delight, harsh and demanding but fair when the situation demands it. This is an auspicious series debut, and hopefully the luck of the Irish will hold for many more stories to come.

In the Shadow of Vesuvius
The ruins of Pompeii include plaster casts of people who died when Mount Vesuvius erupted, an arresting reminder that death can come at any time. When Emily Hargreaves visits the site, she finds a contemporary corpse encased in plaster, and the hunt for a killer begins. In the Shadow of Vesuvius, the 14th Lady Emily mystery, leaps between Emily in 1902 and a newly freed Roman slave during the year of Vesuvius’ eruption. Tasha Alexander brings both eras to life through meticulous research, and the dual stories come together in a chilling finale. Scenes set among the ruins of Pompeii and in the city pre-disaster have such depth that it feels like we’re walking directly into them. This is an urbane thriller with a big heart.

And Dangerous to Know
If London’s Regency era ran on anything (apart from tea, of course), it was manners. And Dangerous to Know finds Rosalind Thorne acting as a double agent of sorts, while curtsying at all the right moments. Working as Lady Melbourne’s personal secretary is just a cover for her real purpose: finding out who stole a cache of letters tied to the poet Lord Byron and digging for dirt about a body found on the lady’s grounds. Author Darcie Wilde gives Rosalind a keen mind and boundless curiosity, then tethers her to the polite maneuvers that society demands. It’s excruciating and hilarious to watch Rosalind feign interest in someone’s garden while having a surreptitious conversation about evidence. Rosalind carries the soul of Sherlock Holmes in the world of Elizabeth Bennet, and it’s a hard combination to beat.

 

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