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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Willig Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pink Carnation Series Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780786555758
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The Pink Carnation, history’s most elusive spy and England’s only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig’s dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. 

The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen. Meanwhile, the Black Tulip, France’s deadliest spy, is in England with instructions to track down and kill the Pink Carnation. Only Henrietta Uppington and Miles Dorrington know where the Pink Carnation is stationed. Using a secret code book, Henrietta has deciphered a message detailing the threat of the Black Tulip. Meanwhile, the War Office has enlisted Miles to track down the notorious French spy before he (or she) can finish the deadly mission. But what Henrietta and Miles don’t know is that while they are trying to find the Black Tulip (and possibly falling in love), the Black Tulip is watching them.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/30/2014

    " This is the second in Willig's flower series. Luckily this time the protagonists left the spying to the professionals and focused on what they're good at: getting it on. I liked this one a lot better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Miles | 1/29/2014

    " The saga continues from Willig's first book, picking up right where it left off. Our grad student has some romance in her life with Colin - who is graciously letting her read through the archives at his country estate. We find out the identity of the Black Tulip and follow the lives of two different main characters - Henrietta, sister of the Purple Gentian, and his best friend Miles - as they track down the Tulip. Another thrilling and interesting installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/27/2014

    " Another stonking romp- highly entertaining and not in the least bit taxing on the brain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/25/2014

    " This is the second in Willig's series taking off on the Scarlet Pimpernel. I read it on two plane rides - and it was just the perfect thing to have on a journey like that! Light, clever, undemanding - the best a plane read could offer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lee | 1/18/2014

    " As fun as the first in the series. Actually laughed out loud! Cute series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurice | 1/18/2014

    " Loved it but warning to some... some sexual content. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasmine | 1/1/2014

    " I found that I enjoyed this book less than the debut novel by this author. There was a little less sense of history, it was more just a setting for her story within a story romance. I often wished that her female protagonists weren't quite so ditzy all the time as the author seems to make the point that they are well educated and capable (until these skills are called upon). I will give the next book of the series a try "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Webb | 12/18/2013

    " I think these are so fun to read and just educational enough to keep you from joining chick-lit anonymous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie (Moviemavengal) | 12/14/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first in the series, but still enjoyable. I do love a good friends to lovers trope! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/14/2013

    " As much as I shouldn't love this series I do. It's completely frivolous reading, but a lot of fun. And thankfully I do learn at least a little history from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lea | 12/7/2013

    " I like this series... sometimes it can be a bit tedious.. I liked the first one MUCH better but I'm going to keep reading the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2013

    " I love the crossing of historical fiction with romance and with the modern day frame story. I was pleased with how everything wrapped up in this book, until right at the end - mostly because it left a few items as cliffhangers and I don't yet have the next book to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiff | 11/18/2013

    " Read 2009. Reread 2013. One of the weaker books in the series for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/11/2013

    " Second in the Pink Carnation series, which follows in the footsteps of the Scarlet Pimpernel, although the women are still taking the lead in this spy series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/9/2013

    " A pretty entertaining sequel - as with the original, the story is way better than the writing, but still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/10/2013

    " Enjoyed it, but not as much as the first one. Still is a great story and am looking forward to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 3/27/2013

    " I laughed a lot. I found both Miles and Henrietta to be relate-able characters. Though about 2/3 of the way through the book I found it dragging and then raced pell mell to the finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Hauser | 3/5/2013

    " This series is one of my guilty little escapist pleasures (despite the inclusion of a rather graphic gratuitous and in my opinion unnecessary sex scene -- there's one in every book except The Mischief of The Mistletoe)and this book did not disappoint! Loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shellie | 11/9/2012

    " Would give this 2 and a half if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/22/2012

    " This is probably my favorite book, so far, in this series. I enjoyed the growing intrigue between Eloise and Colin, and I greatly enjoyed Henrietta and Miles' story. I liked that the story still stayed true to the "Pink Carnation" characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Birgel | 1/9/2012

    " i LOVE Hen and Miles, my favorite couple so far and hope to see more of them in the sequals! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 7/17/2011

    " The tale continues with siblings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 7/11/2011

    " I think I might have enjoyed the first book a little better, however this second book in the series was still fun and enjoyable to read. I'm hoping the series continues to stay that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hooma | 6/5/2011

    " A very fun, historical-mystery novel. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/9/2011

    " The sequel to The Secret History of the Pink Carnation focuses in on Henrietta. She gets her turn at adventure by pursuing the Black Tulip, who is France's deadliest spy. As with the previous book, there is some romance mixed in with the adventure. This is fun reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. I really like this series of books. They seem kind of like chick novels but I am really into them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 4/23/2011

    " Liked this better than Pink Carnation because the falling in love story was more believable... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gricel | 4/9/2011

    " I've been reading these out of order, but am enjoying them nonetheless :). Perfect post-semester read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/6/2011

    " Second in the Pink Carnation series, which follows in the footsteps of the Scarlet Pimpernel, although the women are still taking the lead in this spy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda B. | 3/27/2011

    " Book two was not as good as the first but it was still good. Definitely moving along in the series, on to book three! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/9/2011

    " Fun. A little history, a little romance, a little intrigue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 2/26/2011

    " My least favorite of the Pink Carnation series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Menofamily | 2/20/2011

    " Fun and indulgent. Already placed a hold on the next one at our library! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2011

    " Not nearly as good as the first one and the fourth but still a fun read. I like Willig's novels when they incorporate more historical background. She spent more time giving the history of the "marriage mart" in this one than the history of the Regency. Good, lightweight reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/15/2011

    " Great characters yet again... although I noticed that the author really likes old aunts/grandmothers/chaparones that poke people with various pointy objects. Funny after two books but I hope we can get away from it, will probably get annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/7/2011

    " i LOVE Hen and Miles, my favorite couple so far and hope to see more of them in the sequals! "

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About the Author
Author Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.