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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: January 2008 ISBN: 9781429592505
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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.”

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

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Marti | 1/29/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shyloh | 1/26/2014

    " As with all the other books in these series, I loved it! Loved the scenes between mary & Sebastian, they had great tension and chemistry. Can't wait to read the next book. "

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

    " This is a guilty pleasure read -- grad student searching secret aristocratic archives in search of the true identity of a master spy! Bizzare twist for the last book in the series but somehow it works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/7/2014

    " Really liked this installment in the series, although it was unexpected. Great to see characters with a bit more darkness and moral relativity than usual. Also loved the latest happenings in the Colin and Eloise segments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelasher | 12/29/2013

    " My favorite in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nielson | 12/28/2013

    " This was my least favorite out of the series so far. It was harder for me to get into the characters and I felt like it was kind of confusing to read...however, I am not deterred from reading the final book of the series! I am number 3 on the waiting list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/23/2013

    " This is similar to all the previous Pink Carnation series of books. It's fun chick lit that is intelligently written, and I look forward to reading more of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/6/2013

    " This is my favorite of the Pink Carnation books so far. The characters are clearer and the mystery was much more intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/30/2013

    " I appreciate less likable characters over the usual paragons of perfection. Entertaining read, although Vaughn's transition from supercilious to loving was pretty abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 3/14/2013

    " Another entertaining fun read. Nothing groundbreaking, but the 4 book series is just really great. I highly recommend these books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 12/16/2012

    " I think this might actually be my favorite in the series yet; the main characters have the most wit of any so far, and the overall story line is as good as ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/13/2012

    " I can't believe I actually like Vaughn now. He annoyed me in the earlier books, but this book showed a different side to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilly | 10/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed Kate Reading's interpretation of Lord Vaughn! Made the book a very satisfactory listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Howard | 9/24/2012

    " Chick lit meets historical espionage--a fun light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 9/12/2012

    " I enjoyed the book but the earlier books were better in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/3/2011

    " Somehow, I think this one and The Masque of the Black Tulip tie for my favorite books of this series right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soni | 4/25/2011

    " I love the books in this series but the formula and story line is getting pretty predictable, I hope the next few are a bit more surprising.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jency | 3/26/2011

    " I loved it. I have been rading Willig's books out of order. But it was still entertaining. Her female characters have a lot of spunk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sudeshna | 3/7/2011

    " Definitely not as good as the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/4/2011

    " Good spy intrigue and romance set in Hanoverian England. Provides a little history lesson to boot. Always had a hard time remembering who Bonnie Prince Charlie was and this makes him unforgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/28/2011

    " This one took longer for me to get into. The characters were so self-absorbed as to be almost unlikeable, and I'm still not sure why Vaughn fell in love with Mary. But all in all, still a pretty good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 1/28/2011

    " I liked this one better than some of the others. The characters were less simpering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 1/25/2011

    " sooo good!! i just couldn't wait for vaughn's story and i wasn't disappointed! the sparing between mary and vaughn fit their personalities. now the question is...will the black tulip turn up again or not? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hafiza | 1/22/2011

    " I loved it. Sebastian, Lord Vaughn is a sigh worthy Regency rake who is well matched with Mary. Vaughn reminds me of the hero in Georgette Heyers " These Old Shades". Droll and sarcastic and totally delicious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Makenna | 1/6/2011

    " ALSO ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME--a must read! "

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