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For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • This engaging, witty mix of Victorian cozy and suspense thriller draws its dramatic spark from the endearingly headstrong heroine's growth in life and love. A memorable debut. Booklist
  • “Fans of Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters will welcome this debut novel.”

    Denver Post

  • “Historically correct and beautifully done.”

    South Bend Tribune

  • “Tightly plotted, with a large cast of well-defined characters. The narrative is strong and unrelentingly draws the reader into Emily’s world, which, despite its constrictions and perils, seems a fine place to spend time.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “In this charming late Victorian romantic suspense novel…Alexander makes Emily light but sympathetic and conveys period flavor without being ponderous. Her knowledge of the ethical dilemmas posed by Victorian etiquette is considerable; sexual chemistry in particular is handled with exquisite delicacy. The archeological background will lure readers who like to dig for their clues.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Engagingly suspenseful and rich with period detail.”


  • “Had Jane Austen written The Da Vinci Code, she may well have come up with this elegant novel.”

    Martha O’Connor, author of The Bitch Posse

  • “Kate Reading uses her highbrow English tones to excellent effect in this romantic-suspense frolic, set in Victorian London…The host of characters, including forthright Emily, a spirited American friend, and several suitors, offers Reading ample room to display her gift for characterization. Her graceful pace also feels just right for this first in a justifiably popular series.”


  • A 2016 Winner for theALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
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About the Author
Author Tasha Alexander

Tasha Alexander is the author of the Lady Emily novels, a historical suspense series, including Tears of Pearl and Dangerous to Know. She 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.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received more than thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.