A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily Series #2)

A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily Series #2)

by Tasha Alexander
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Poisoned Season 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
When an author is passionate about a particular subject or time, it comes through in their work. Tasha Alexander's 'A Poisoned Season' is my first venture into Victorian Suspense, and I'm glad it was. She captures the time period so perfectly, that one must wonder if she lived during that time and is merely recording her experiences. At the heart of the novel is the 'curse of Marie Antoinette', and the theft of her belongings that have been spread throughout since her imprisonment and death. Each page was an effortless read, with each conversation building from the last making for a real page-turner. I am an avid horror/thriller reader, so this was a real detour for me, however I was so impressed, that I would recommend 'A Poisoned Season' to fans of any genre who is aching for a good, smooth, passionate read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lady Emily, a modern woman in Victorian dress. She's intelligent, courageous, and perceptive. The turn of the century setting is interesting, the characters well-rounded, and I enjoyed the mystery.
Titian More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept of a mystery with a 19th century heroine. The characters are complex and the story is not predictable. Lots of fun and I recommend this book highly. The heroine has a very modern idea of what a woman's life should be and she won't give up her freedom easily. There are two plots - that of the mystery to be resolved and that of the heroine. It is interesting that she must make compromises to stay within the social norms of her times, while her inner self wants to break out. There are many struggles to be resolved. Enjoy this book - I did!
lilshai More than 1 year ago
Since this was the next book in the Lady Emily Series, and I was already enraptured with the story line, I was not expecting it to be about what it was. The plot itself has been present in many other books, but the mystery behind discovering the truth that Lady Emily unravelled was quite different. For the time period that this story was set in, I find that the techniques used and the threats apparent were very attention grabbing. It's not every day that a Lady uses cryptography to discover the hidden truth that history left unwritten. Being the headstrong woman that she is, Lady Emily threw herself into solving this mystery, regardless of the threats made on the life of those around her (herself included). I was completely caught off guard at what she discovered, but in a sense, not surprised. It is still a mystery after all, so one can't expect to know where the leads will end up at. This book was just as enticing as the first and I immediately started the next book in the series after finishing this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a good read while waiting for the next CS Harris book to come out, I thought I would give this a try.. I had a hard time liking Lady Emily and I felt that it was a very slow read. So in the end it was little better than okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great series to escape to when i want to solve a mystery in Victorian England. Strong, independant female characters make this series tolerable for the modern gal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love,love Tasha Alexander books!! The Lady Emily books are a fun reading experience!
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This wasn't fluff. You had to think about what was happening, But it was very interesting.
LillMagill More than 1 year ago
A great follow-up!
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Love, love, love this series. I have read all of the Lady Emily books and am waiting for the seventh to be released. Intriguing novels with great characters. I look forward to seeing them again and again.
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Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
The second installment in the Lady Emily mystery series, A Poisoned Season begins with Lady Emily Ashton at the tail end of mourning for her husband. (We learn of his death in And Only To Deceive) As a fresh start, she decides to re-join the London social scene on her own terms. Newcomer to the social scene, is a Charles Berry who claims that he is the direct descendant of Louie XVI and Marie Antoinette. Not only this, but he intends to take Lady Emily as his mistress (although she won’t have any of it!) Additionally, it appears that someone has been stealing items that belonged to Marie Antoinette, and just as the mystery appears to deepen with this new development, the owner of one of the items is murdered, deepening it further. It is up to Lady Emily to find the true burglar and murderer before he or she finds her, as it seems that the thief is becoming exceptionally interested in Lady Emily. She must work quickly as her own life is at stake! Will she be able to make it in time? Alexander does a fantastic job with A Poisoned Season. Just like her first novel, I was hanging on the edge of my seat from cover to cover. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the new characters that we’re introduced to. Lady Emily’s childhood friend Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge was a perfectly added dose of comedic relief. We’re also treated to more of the romantic tete-a-tete between Colin Hargreaves and Lady Emily, as Colin continues to try to convince Emily to marry him. As I stated in my review of the And Only To Deceive, had Jane Austen and Agatha Christie been writing partners, Tasha Alexander’s books would have been the outcome. The mystery that Alexander sets up for us is wonderful. I had my thoughts on who the culprits could have been from the beginning, and was shocked to find out how wrong I was by the end. The ending completely blew me away, as I was not expecting it AT ALL. Throw into the investigation some background on Marie Antoinette, fine art, and literary discussions, and you have a mystery that you actually learn things from. This is probably one of my favorite things about the Lady Emily series (I’m currently reading book #4). They’re intelligent mysteries that make comments about the social/intellectual restraints of the Victorian time period, while at the same time providing characters and story lines that encourage you, the reader, to further your own knowledge of the events/people/places mentioned. I cannot recommend Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series enough. It’s literally all I’ve been talking about for the past two weeks, and I have been recommending it to everyone. They’re engaging, intellectual, funny, and sophisticated reads that are sure to please mystery, adventure, and historical fiction fans abound. Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
Boldingbroke More than 1 year ago
The Lady Emily series is a delight, and has a number of twists and turns that keep refreshing focus on the mystery at hand.
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Jessica Esposito More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Lady Emily series. Great read!
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