Betrayal of the Blood Lily

Betrayal of the Blood Lily

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The heroines of Lauren Willig's bestselling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over nineteenth-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom--and risk--more exciting than she ever imagined.

Everyone warned Miss Penelope Deveraux that her unruly behavior would land her in disgrace someday. She never imagined she's be whisked off to India to give the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. As Lady Frederick Staines waits, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem--even her husband. In a strange country, where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust...

Captain Alex Reid has better things to do than play nursemaid to a pair of aristocrats. Or so he thinks--until Lady Frederick Staines out-shoots, out-rides, and out-swims every man in the camp. She also has an uncanny ability to draw out the deadly plans of the Marigold and put herself in harm's way. With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with Lady Staines just might be the only thing standing in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire...

Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2010.
ISBN: 9780525951506
9780451232052
Branch Call Number: WILLI
Characteristics: viii, 401 p.

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marthabwaters
Jun 06, 2015

This is definitely one of the strongest entries in the Pink Carnation series, as full of fun romance and spies and intrigue as all the previous installments. Penelope and Alex are two exceptionally well-matched protagonists, and I continue to be impressed by Willig's ability to make each heroine in her series feel distinctive and memorable. The setting of India is vividly drawn, making a nice change of pace for the series, and everything about this was totally fun.

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Ubalstecha
Apr 06, 2013

Penelope Devereaux allowed herself to be sullied, going off into a room alone with Frederick Staines. It doesn't matter that nothing has happened, her reputation is in tatters and a hastily concocted marriage is arranged. She and Freddie are sent to India to allow the scandal to die down. But once there, Penelope's marriage, already tenuous at best, begins to fall apart as Freddie takes an Indian mistress. And then she is pulled into a hunt for the mysterious Marigold along side the very handsome Captain Alex Reid. Penelope finds herself increasingly attracted to the dashing Captain, but knows that her reputation can not withstand another below. Can she help defeat the French spy while finding a solution to her romantic problems.

Another excellent entry in the Pink Carnation series. Penelope is a 180 degree turn from Charlotte, the heroine of the last book. She is the archetype of the bold, headstrong women who left England for the colonies where they would have more freedom from the strict social constraints of society. Alex is a great hero, and the resolution of the marriage issue is well dealt with. In addition, the overreaching story of Eloise and her man Colin is ticking along very well, and we learn more about the tangled mess that is Colin's family.

A very good read. More please!

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LT
Dec 28, 2011

Nothing earth-shaking, but a pleasant read. Willig is usually literate and often amusing. However improbable her flower stories, I'm happy to suspend my disbelief, although she pushed things a little too far this time around. (Discreet silence here, lest I spoil the plot for anyone.)

Willig seems to have wrapped The Betrayal of the Blood Lily up in a hurry, judging from the sheer number of floral characters who popped up in the last few pages. Strangely, I have no recollection of meeting the blood lily. Unless I was a careless reader, I assume that Willig was operating on a figurative basis when she chose her title.

samdog123 Nov 17, 2011

I always enjoy this series of books, history, romance and intrigue all in one! Lauren Willig juxtaposes the past with the presence as our main character researches famous spies of the Napoleon era.

RenGrrl Jun 02, 2011

Another fun flower spy mystery!

DanniOcean Mar 22, 2010

reviewed in Stratford Gazette on March 26, 2010

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DanniOcean Mar 22, 2010

Eloise Kelly has been in London for three months now. Her intent on traveling to London from Harvard University was to track down some elusive research on an aristocratic spy of the Napoleonic era who was known as The Pink Carnation. No only did she find it, she found a whole bouquet of other florally-named spies, (spies that formed the basis of the next four novels). In this, the sixth in the series, we learn a little more about Eloise’s new romance in the twenty-first century, but a lot more about one of the characters who in the previous books was only a periphery figure – the scandalously flirtatious Penelope Devereaux. Out of boredom or rebellion, Penelope has allowed her reputation to be compromised, shocking her nineteenth-century, upper-crust society circle. She duly finds herself married off to said indiscretion, Lord Freddy Staines, and pushed off to the far-reaches of the British Empire in India. Far from all she has known, it is nonetheless not long before Lady Penelope is drawing attention to herself; she is far more comfortable in the saddle, shooting a gun and diving – literally – into trouble than staying primly and prettily on the sidelines. But there is trouble enough brewing in India, especially for Captain Alex Reid, who must untangle a web of political intrigues from English, Indian and French forces, and figure out which of his many suspects might be The Marigold – yet another floral spy. It may be his arch enemy, Mir Alam, or more distressingly, his missing brother Jack. It might even be the new British envoy, Lord Freddy Staines or that infuriatingly bewitching new bride of his, Penelope. Drawing upon many historical facts that are brought to life with brilliant detail, this is another swashbuckling adventure of high romance that is sure to transport its audience with its action and a fair dash of humour. Read it alone or start at the beginning of the series with The Secret history of the Pink Carnation – each novel in the series is a great escapade in its own right. For this and other books reviewed in this column, visit http://spl.bibliocommons.com and search for the tag ‘Shelf Life Reviewed’.

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