By Tasha Alexander
Minotaur Books, October 2015
About the Book
Emily and husband Colin have come to the French Riviera for what should be a joyous occasion—the engagement party of her lifelong friend Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge, and Amity Wells, an American heiress. But the merrymaking is cut short with the shocking death of one of the party in an apparent suicide. Not convinced by the coroner’s verdict, Emily must employ all of her investigative skills to discover the truth and avert another tragedy.
Lady Emily and her husband Colin are in the south of France to celebrate a friend’s engagement when one of the party guests ends up dead in the guest of honor’s room. Suspicious of her friend’s fiancée but without solid evidence, Emily must piece together the evidence as someone is determined to paint her as the troublemaker. Amid tensions between nouveau riche Americans and the English aristocracy, Emily must sort out who killed the guest and if or when that person will strike again.
With her usual gift for painting a vivid picture of the locale, Ms. Alexander handles this book a bit differently than the previous ones in the series. Here we occasionally break away from Emily’s POV to get the POV of another guest at the party. It provides greater insight and background into motives than we’d otherwise get with the first person POV. Readers can decide whether or not they prefer to stick with Emily or gain other insights, but I thought the variety interesting. Cozy mysteries can sometimes feel a bit stale, and this livens up the story quite well.