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Uneasy Lies the Crown

Lady Emily #13
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On her deathbed, Queen Victoria asks to speak privately with trusted agent of the Crown Colin Hargreaves, slipping him a letter with her last, parting command: Une sanz pluis. Sapere aude. “One and no more. Dare to know.”

The year is 1901 and the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has sent all of the Empire into mourning. But for Lady Emily and her dashing husband Colin, the grieving is cut short as another royal death takes center stage. A body has been found in the Tower of London, posed to look like the murdered medieval king Henry VI. Soon after a second dead man turns up in London's exclusive Berkeley Square, his mutilated remains staged to evoke the violent demise of Edward II, it becomes evident that the individual behind the crimes plans to kill again and again. The race to find him takes Emily deep into the capital’s underbelly, with its secret gangs, street children, and sleazy brothels. But the clues aren’t adding up, and even more puzzling are the anonymous letters Colin has been receiving since Victoria's death, letters that seem connected to Henry V and his campaigns in France. Is someone threatening Victoria's successor, Edward VII?

"Engrossing...English history lovers will be enthralled." -Publisher's Weekly

"...readers are in the author’s trustworthy hands, and the working out of the puzzle will delight mystery and history buffs alike...With a few cheeky references to a certain umbrella-wielding archaeologist (Amelia Peabody) and to Lady Emily’s breathtakingly handsome swain, Emily and Colin... straighten the strands and explain a whopper of strange connections." -Booklist

"Alexander, who’s adept at mixing historical facts with mysteries, includes chapters featuring a tale from 1415 that’s easily as interesting as the...mystery that finally brings past and present together." -Kirkus

"...will bring joy to anyone who loves delving into challenging mysteries of the past, particularly those involving British history and the monarchy. The witty banter between Lady Emily and her husband, their obvious love for one another and their innate intelligence are some of the wonderful features of this book and this series." -Bookreporter

"Emily’s arch, often irreverent, sense of humor is but one of the many charms of Uneasy Lies The Crown, which delves not only into English royal history but also into the injustices of life in England at the turn of the 20th century." -Criminal Element

"With an expert eye for detail, author Tasha Alexander does a superb job of depicting not only the different facets of the city, but the chasm between the upper and lower classes...As Emily and Colin enter the Edwardian age, there’s no doubt that faithful readers will want to follow them." -Mystery Scene

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