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Death in St. Petersburg

by Tasha Alexander

  Print book : Fiction  |  First edition

12th book in A Lady Emily Mystery series!   (2017-11-09)


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by TheAvidReader

Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander is the latest A Lady Emily Mystery.  Lady Emily Hargreaves is in St. Petersburg, Russian enjoying the season thanks to an invitation from Cecile du Lac.  Lady Emily and her husband, Colin enjoyed watching Swan Lake at the Marinsky Theater and exit to discover body of ballerina Irina Nemetseva outside in the snow.  A gold Faberge egg is found underneath her body.  Did Irina steal the egg or has Sebastian Capet stroke again?  Irina had disappeared halfway through the performance and was replaced by Ekaterina Petrovna.  The next day, Prince Vasilii meets with Lady Emily asking her to find Irina’s killer.  Her investigation will take her across St. Petersburg from the Winter Palace to modest apartments belonging to the dancers.  Join Lady Emily on her latest case in Death in St. Petersburg.


Death in St. Petersburg can be read alone.  I had not read the previous eleven books in the series (did not know it was part of a series until I started reading the book) and I had no trouble.  I did, though, have difficulty with all the various Russian names.  Each person went by more than one name which makes it confusing.  The author did a wonderful job at describing St. Petersburg and the world of ballet.  You can tell that she did her research on the era, city, and is knowledgeable about ballet.   The mystery was simple and can easily be solved long before the reveal.  There is a lack of action regarding the investigation.  It is mostly questioning and speculation.  There are flashbacks into the early years of the two ballerinas that help readers understand their characters.  Death in St. Petersburg is a slower paced story as Tasha Alexander sets the stage (very descriptive writer).  I did like Lady Emily who is a woman ahead of her time in many ways. If you are looking for a light historical mystery, pick up a copy of Death in St. Petersburg. 

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