Yes, I’m back with a review for the fifth novel in Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily mystery series, Dangerous To Know. (Bear with me, there are only 6 out so far! 1 left to review!) Lady Emily is becoming quite the world traveler! After her harrowing experience in Constantinople, she and her husband Colin travel to Normandy, France, to his mother’s large estate to rest, relax, and recoup. She aims to keep a low profile, yet fate won’t let this be, sending yet another mystery to land right in her lap. Out riding one day, Lady Emily comes across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. Chillingly, the woman looks like Lady Emily, and has the telltale wound marks of the infamous Jack the Ripper. With this similarity Emily can’t rest until she tracks down the killer. She faces her greatest challenges yet, as she must travel across the beautiful backdrop of Normandy to chase down clues on the elusive murderer’s trail. Will she be able to cheat death as she did in Constantinople, or will her luck run out this time? Will she be able to bring justice to the young woman and unmask her killer?
Dangerous to Know is a much darker novel than the previous four, giving us a glimpse at a side of Lady Emily we haven’t seen previously. Still reeling from being shot and miscarrying, she’s in a depression that is greatly subduing her normally outgoing, sparkling, and effervescent personality. She begins to hear a child crying out at night, and it starts to drive her mad with grief over the child that she’s lost. The murder (as weird as this sounds) works to drive her mind on a straight path. It gives her something to focus on and in turn helps to bring her out of the funk she is experiencing. It’s interesting to see this side of Emily, as it makes her human. I don’t mean to say that she isn’t a realistic person in the first four novels, but everyone has dark periods in his or her life, and giving Emily and Colin a period of grief to get through made me love their story even more than I previously did.
The reintroduction of Sebastian (from A Poisoned Season) was a fantastic idea! He is one of my favorite recurring characters; his over-the-top flirtations with Emily make me laugh all the time. He’s always so mysterious and quick-witted. His presence brings out a jealous side of the normally confident Colin that is highly entertaining. Together with the emotional development of Lady Emily, this novel definitely progresses much further than the previous ones. It’s a great addition to an already wonderful story over these five novels. Alexander did a great job (as usual), and I can’t wait to see what she has in store in the next book!
5 out of 5 Stars
This is my third completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge
This is my second completed review for the Around The Stack In How Many Ways Challenge
Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
St. Martin’s Press (2011)
Paperback 336 pages