A Crimson Warning

A Lady Emily Mystery

Lady Emily Mysteries (Volume 6)

Tasha Alexander

Minotaur Books

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Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives

Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking forward to enjoying the delights of the season. The delights, that is, as defined by her own eccentricities—reading The Aeneid, waltzing with her dashing husband, and joining the Women’s Liberal Federation in the early stages of its campaign to win the vote for women. But an audacious vandal disturbs the peace in the capital city, splashing red paint on the neat edifices of the homes of London’s elite. This mark, impossible to hide, presages the revelation of scandalous secrets, driving the hapless victims into disgrace, despair and even death. Soon, all of London high society is living in fear of learning who will be the next target, and Lady Emily and her husband, Colin, favorite agent of the crown, must uncover the identity and reveal the motives of the twisted mind behind it all before another innocent life is lost.

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A CRIMSON WARNING

I was dancing while he burned, but I had no way of knowing that, not then, while spinning on the tips of my toes, my husband’s grip firm around my waist as he led me around the ballroom again and again, glistening beads of sweat forming on his forehead. My heart was light, my head full of joy, my only complaint the temperature of the room. Its warmth was oppressive, humid and thick; the air heavy with the oil of too many perfumes. Looking back, I realize I had not even the beginning of an understanding of real heat, or of the pain of fire with its indiscriminate implacability.

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"At the start of Alexander’s enchanting sixth late Victorian novel of suspense (after 2010’s Dangerous to Know), news of a fire in Southwark prompts British intelligence agent Colin Hargreaves to leave Lady Londonderry’s ball, to his wife Emily’s dismay. Colin returns home to Mayfair that night to announce that Michael Dillman, who ran a successful export business, has been cruelly burned alive in his warehouse by an unknown perpetrator. The week before, according to Michael’s fiancée, someone threw red paint on his front door. The Sanders family receives similar treatment shortly before the rumor breaks that daughter Polly’s mother was, in fact, a maid impregnated by her father. Subsequently, other respectable London families find red paint splashed on their houses, presaging some scandalous revelation in each case. Can Emily help Colin solve the crimes without risking her reputation—or becoming a target herself? Alexander keeps readers guessing to the very end."
-Publishers Weekly

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Tasha Alexander

TASHA ALEXANDER attended the University of Notre Dame, where she signed on as an English major in order to have a legitimate excuse for spending all her time reading. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago and the UK. Please visit her website at www.tashaalexander.com.

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A Crimson Warning
A Lady Emily Mystery
Tasha Alexander

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
August 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250007186
ISBN10: 1250007186
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312661755
ISBN10: 0312661754
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$24.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429951050
ISBN10: 1429951052
336 pages
$9.99
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