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by Tasha Alexander
Minotaur Books, October 2010, $24.99

Emily Hargreaves’ convalescence in Normandy after almost dying while tracking a killer on her honeymoon isn’t going smoothly. She’s still recovering from a miscarriage, she’s not getting along with her mother-in-law, and to top it off, she has just discovered the tortured body of a young woman. But worst of all, her beloved husband Colin is trying to reign in her natural crime-solving instincts, actually forbidding her from becoming involved in the investigation.

In the Victoria era setting of Dangerous to Know, Colin has the right to dictate his wife’s life, but it’s a betrayal Emily is struggling to accept. But his disapproval doesn’t stop Emily from asking questions, and it’s not long before the killer is stalking her.

The sixth book of a series, Dangerous to Know had me from the opening sentence. There is not a single weak element in this novel. The characters are wonderful, the puzzle pieces are numerous and fun to uncover, the descriptions of people and places vibrant.

Emily is a bright, strong-willed woman living in a time when women are just starting to push traditional limits. Her husband, Colin, wants to accept her for who she is, but is terrified at the thought of losing her. Watching them work out their relationship is fascinating. Tasha Alexander does a marvelous job of fleshing out all the characters, while still leaving each with a trace of mystery that makes the reader want to know more. Dangerous to Know will appeal to fans of historical and cozy mysteries, as well as to anyone who appreciates character-driven fiction with a touch of romance.

Dori Cocuz

Emily Hargreaves’ convalescence in Normandy after almost dying while tracking a killer on her honeymoon isn’t going smoothly. She’s still recovering from a miscarriage, she’s not getting along with her mother-in-law, and to top it off, she has just discovered the tortured body of a young woman. But worst of all, her beloved husband Colin is trying to reign in her natural crime-solving instincts, actually forbidding her from becoming involved in the investigation.

In the Victoria era setting of Dangerous to Know, Colin has the right to dictate his wife’s life, but it’s a betrayal Emily is struggling to accept. But his disapproval doesn’t stop Emily from asking questions, and it’s not long before the killer is stalking her.

The sixth book of a series, Dangerous to Know had me from the opening sentence. There is not a single weak element in this novel. The characters are wonderful, the puzzle pieces are numerous and fun to uncover, the descriptions of people and places vibrant.

Emily is a bright, strong-willed woman living in a time when women are just starting to push traditional limits. Her husband, Colin, wants to accept her for who she is, but is terrified at the thought of losing her. Watching them work out their relationship is fascinating. Tasha Alexander does a marvelous job of fleshing out all the characters, while still leaving each with a trace of mystery that makes the reader want to know more. Dangerous to Know will appeal to fans of historical and cozy mysteries, as well as to anyone who appreciates character-driven fiction with a touch of romance.

Teri Duerr
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by Tasha Alexander
Minotaur Books, October 2010, $24.99

Alexander
October 2010
dangerous-to-know
24.99
Minotaur Books