Tasha Alexander

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Tasha Alexander
Born (1969-12-01) 1 December 1969 (age 49)
South Bend, Indiana
Pen nameTasha Alexander
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
SpouseAndrew Grant

Tasha Alexander (born 1969) is an American author who writes New York Times bestselling[1] historical mystery fiction.


She credits her parents, both philosophy professors, for encouraging her to read and write.[citation needed] She received a B.A. from Notre Dame in English with a concentration in Medieval Studies.[citation needed]

In 2002, while living in New Haven, Connecticut, she started work on her first novel, after being inspired by a passage in Dorothy L. Sayers's Gaudy Night.[2] Carolyn Marino at William Morrow acquired the book, And Only to Deceive, which was published in 2005 as the first installment of the Lady Emily series. Following a move to Franklin, Tennessee, where Alexander wrote her second novel in a local Starbucks, she eventually relocated to Chicago, where she married British novelist Andrew Grant (brother of bestselling author Lee Child) in 2010.[3]

In 2007, according to Library Journal, Minotaur Books "lured her away" from William Morrow.[4] She is now edited by Charles Spicer and is the imprint's top writer of historical mysteries. Alexander's work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and has been nominated for the Bruce Alexander Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award.[5] She has a reputation for being extremely careful about accuracy in her novels[6][7] and is meticulous about research.[8]

The Lady Emily series[edit]

The Lady Emily series is set in the 1890s in cities across Europe and follows the adventures that begin when a young, Victorian widow is about to come out of mourning after the death of her husband.

  1. And Only to Deceive (2005). ISBN 978-0060756710
  2. A Poisoned Season (2007). ISBN 978-0061174148
  3. A Fatal Waltz (2008). ISBN 978-0061174223
  4. Tears of Pearl (2009). ISBN 978-0312383701
  5. Dangerous to Know (2010). ISBN 978-0312383794
  6. A Crimson Warning (2011). ISBN 978-0312661755
  7. Death in the Floating City (2012). ISBN 978-0312661762
  8. Behind the Shattered Glass (2013). ISBN 978-1250024701
  9. The Counterfeit Heiress (2014). ISBN 978-1250024695
  10. The Adventuress (2015). ISBN 978-1-250-05826-3
  11. A Terrible Beauty (2016). ISBN 978-1-4104-9613-3
  12. Death in St. Petersburg (October 2017). ISBN 9781250058287
  13. Uneasy Lies the Crown (October 2018). ISBN 9781250164704
  14. In the Shadow of Vesuvius (January 2020). ISBN 9781250164735

Other books[edit]

  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age, novelization, (2007); ISBN 978-0061431234
     based on motion picture screenplay written by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst;[9]
     published to coincide with release of 2007 film Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen.[10]

Short story[edit]


  1. ^ Sehgal, Parul. "Print & E-Books". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Galbraith, Lacey. "Novel Talent | Cover Story". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  3. ^ "Romancing the Con". Mysteryscenemag.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  4. ^ "The Great Escape: Mystery Preview". Libraryjournal.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  5. ^ "News". Tashaalexander.com. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  6. ^ "Mystery Scene". Tashaalexander.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  7. ^ "Gregory Weinkauf: Tasha Alexander Unveils Dangerous to Know". Huffingtonpost.com. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  8. ^ Sunnymay says:. "Tasha Alexander: The Good, The Bad, and the Cheese". BookTrib. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-03-01.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ "Elizabeth : the golden age". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  10. ^ Galbraith, Lacey. "Love—and Murder—Austrian Style | Books". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2011-03-01.

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