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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,604 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:
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Determined to secure another London season without assistance from her new brother-in-law, Mary Alsworthy accepts a secret assignment from Lord Vaughn on behalf of the Pink Carnation. She must infiltrate the ranks of the dreaded French spy, the Black Tulip, before he and his master can stage their planned invasion of England. Every spy has a weakness and for the Black Tulip that weakness is beautiful black-haired women—his “petals” of the Tulip. A natural at the art of seduction, Mary easily catches the attention of the French spy, but Lord Vaughn never anticipated that his own heart would be caught as well. Fighting their growing attraction, impediments from their past, and, of course, the French, Mary and Vaughn find themselves lost in a treacherous garden of lies.

And as our modern-day heroine, Eloise Kelly, digs deeper into England’s Napoleonic-era espionage, she becomes even more entwined with Colin Selwick, the descendant of her spy subjects.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “History textbook meets Bridget Jones.”

    Marie Claire

  • “The novel handily fulfills its promise of intrigue and romance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A superior narration…Reading offers telling interpretations of nineteenth-century British rakes and fops, wicked French spies, and dashing aristocrats, as well as daring young women from both periods. Reading also narrates with an intelligent anticipation that marries word and deed, so that a heartsick character sounds heartsick, an angry one sounds angry, and all conversations leap to life.”


  • “Willig’s series gets better with each addition, and her latest is filled with swashbuckling fun, romance, and intrigue.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauretta | 2/16/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook. The author fascinates me--talk about an over-achiever! Lawyer with a stellar Ivy League pedigree and finished her PhD at the same time that she was in law school AND cranked out at least 6 of these mysteries. They are all very entertaining books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/11/2014

    " Loved the story, the tension, and for a nice change no one lost their virginity! Really wish there was more progress on the Colin and Eloise front. My only question, do editors ever actually edit anymore? So many typos! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by becky | 2/5/2014

    " While it was interesting, the story moved a lot slower than the first books of the series. the plot line for eloise continued to be great though. there wasn't as much intrigue or adventure for me, just lots of set-up in characters and such. a slight disappointment in the reveal of the Black Tultip as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marti | 1/29/2014

    " I am enjoying this series... I just want it to all happen faster!!!! "

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