In Uneasy Lies the Crown, the thrilling new mystery in Tasha Alexander's bestselling series, Lady Emily and her husband Colin must stop a serial killer whose sights may be set on the new king, Edward VII. On her deathbed, Queen Victoria asks to speak privately with trusted agent of the Crown, Colin Hargreaves, and slips him a letter with one last 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 the entire British Empire into mourning. But for Lady Emily and her dashing husband, Colin, the grieving is cut short as another death takes center stage. A body has been found in the Tower of London, posed to look like the murdered medieval king Henry VI. When 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 mastermind behind the crimes plans to strike again. The race to find the killer takes Emily deep into the capital's underbelly, teeming with secret gangs, street children, and sleazy brothels-but the clues aren't adding up. Even more puzzling are the anonymous letters Colin has been receiving since Victoria's death, seeming to threaten her successor, Edward VII. With the killer leaving a trail of dead kings in his wake, will Edward be the next victim?
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by Tasha Alexander
by Victoria Thompson
by Gloria Whelan
"Narrator Bianca Amato takes listeners to England in the days following the death of Queen Victoria. Lady Emily and Sir William Hargreaves become aware that a plot against the new king is being hatched. In alternate chapters, Amato takes listeners back to 1415 as Sir Colin Hargreaves, ancestor of Sir William, fights alongside King Henry V at Agincourt while his bride waits at home praying for him. While providing an understanding of Sir William's background, these chapters fail to contribute significantly to the plot despite Amato's skill with creating transitions. The later chapters are told from Lady Emily's point of view, and the 1415 chapters are told in the third person. Amato creates a solid distinction between the two, making the former much livelier than the latter. V.M.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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