Lady Emily and her husband Colin are in the south of France to celebrate a friend’s engagement when one of the party guests ends up dead in the guest of honor’s room. Suspicious of her friend’s fiancée but without solid evidence, Emily must piece together the evidence as someone is determined to paint Emily as the troublemaker. Filled with tensions between nouveau riche Americans and the English aristocracy, Emily must sort out who killed the guest and if or when that person will strike again.
With her usual gift for painting a vivid picture of the locale, Ms. Alexander handles this book a bit differently than the previous ones in the series. Here we occasionally break away from Emily’s POV to get the POV of another guest at the party. It provides great insight and background into her motives than we’d otherwise get with the first person POV. Readers can decide whether or not they prefer to stick with Emily or gain other insights, but I thought the variety interesting. With cozy mysteries, they can sometimes feel a bit stale, and this livens up the story quite well.
I’ll finish up the year with Lady Emily’s “That Silent Night”, so stay tuned for this year’s Lady Emily Christmas novella review.
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