This is book three in the Lady Aston series. What begins as a tedious weekend in the country, for Emily, Lady Aston and her fiance Colin Hargreaves, changes dramatically. The politically powerful Lord Fortescue is murdered and the husband of Emily's friend, Ivy, is accused of his murder. It is going to depend upon Emily, and a trip to Vienna, to set matters right. Alexander brings back my favorite characters from the previous books and deepens Emily and Colin's characters and relationship by bringing in new characters from Colin's past and providing us with some devilish new antagonists. And, as always, I learned more about the customs of the period and the clothing and housing details are great fun.