A Fatal Waltz
Vienna! “For the connoisseur of the waltz, there is no better place,” pens Lady Emily Ashton in the very beginning of her sleuthing quest for justice. It’s a place where the aristocrats of Europe and England in the very late 1800s are wining, dining and dancing as furiously as Chartist and other political plots gyrate to destroy tradition. Lady Emily has taken up the task of finding the killer of Lord Basil Fortescue, thus freeing her accused friend Robert Brandon. Her fiancé, Colin Hargreaves, is about his own political secrets and can’t totally protect her against three foes that are quite vocal in their animosity toward Lady Emily.
Another unexpected beauty lies in this story’s beautiful descriptions of the period’s clothing, architecture, art, music and food. Historical fiction readers will also be delighted by the complex depictions of the innocent Hapsburg Empress Elisabeth, far too many questionable political heavyweights on both sides of the Continent, and anarchists deeply committed to remove monarchies and opponents. Lady Emily, however, in face of this whirling dance of intrigue, is a truly cultured detective who knows how to infuse life with gusto. Quite a formidable group of characters, and a terrific story!