Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily books are among my favorite Victorian mystery series, and I am sufficiently hooked on her writing enough to grab a copy blindly whenever a new book is released. I am rather disappointed in this latest book, though. It seems that the series is winding down, and there is not much more room for growth for the characters in the series. I loved the character development in her earlier books, but while enjoyable, this book is rather...bland. There is a secondary storyline, which I tend to abhor, and it was hard to keep track of the long lists of supporting characters. While I enjoyed the book, this is my least favorite in the series. It lacked the depth that her previous novels had (I wept like a baby at the first) and it had trouble holding my interest.