Tasha Alexander

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Tasha Alexander
Born (1969-12-01) 1 December 1969 (age 48)
South Bend, Indiana
Pen name Tasha Alexander
Language English
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Period 2005-Present
Spouse Andrew Grant
Children Alexander

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

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.
  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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