A Poisoned Season
Garden parties, jewel thefts, romance, and murder—Lady Emily Ashton takes the 1889 London season in her stride. Young, lovely, and newly widowed, Emily collects art and studies ancient Greek when not sleuthing, dallying with a charming suitor, or vacationing in her Grecian villa. Adding spice to the social season is Charles Berry, a pretender to the French throne who may threaten France’s republic and cause a scandal in Britain’s royal house. Is Berry connected to the thief who stole Marie Antoinette’s famous diamond earrings from Emily’s house, and may have poisoned her friend, the owner of the Queen’s silver snuffbox? Emily fends off a mysterious admirer who is stalking her, while investigating the jewel theft and her friend’s death. As she gets closer to finding the truth, threats to her social reputation and even her life alarm but do not deter the intrepid sleuth. Light romantic suspense in a promising new series.