Death in the Floating City

Written by Tasha Alexander
Review by Kathryn Johnson

In Tasha Alexander’s most recent addition to her Lady Emily mystery series, we find the delightful Lady Emily Hargreaves accompanied by her dashing husband Colin in Venice. She has come on a mission she’s none too enthusiastic about—helping her childhood nemesis, Emma Callum. Emma has married an Italian count—a scandalous elopement that at the time seemed romantic to her. But now her father-law-has been murdered, and her husband has disappeared. Emma is desperate—is it possible her husband is to blame? Or might he also have met a grim fate?

Emily will travel from sumptuous palazzi to slums to discover the truth. But in the end, it will take untangling a puzzle that’s remained unsolved for centuries before she can get to the bottom of the murder. The story is cleverly developed by Alexander through dual time frames. Emily and Colin carry out their investigations in Victorian Venice, while short alternating chapters (each labeled Un Libro d’Amore) track the ill-fated affair of 15th century lovers Besina and Nicolo. With an appealing flair for historical detail and compassion for her characters, the author adds another well-crafted title to her popular series.