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The deception of the emerald ring
Lauren Willig
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Eloise Kelly continues her research of early 19th-century spies in the smart third book of the Pink Carnation series, following the well-received The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip. This installment focuses on 19-year-old Letty Alsworthy, who, after a comedy of errors, quickly weds Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, her older sister's intended. Geoffrey, an officer in the League of the Purple Gentian, flees to Ireland the night of his elopement. Unbeknownst to Letty, his plan isn't to abandon her; it's to quash the impending Irish Rebellion. When Letty tracks down her prodigal husband in Dublin, not only does she learn of his secret life as a spy, she's sucked into it with hilarious results. Willig like Eloise, a Ph.D. candidate in history draws on her knowledge of the period, filling the fast-paced narrative with mistaken identities, double agents and high stakes espionage. Every few chapters, the reader is brought back to contemporary London, where Eloise gets out of the archives long enough to nurse her continuing crush on Colin Selwick. The Eloise and Colin plot distracts from the main attraction, but the historic action is taut and twisting. Fans of the series will clamor for more. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Willig supplies the third of her series on spies in 1803, when France was considering invading England. This entry features Letty Alsworthy, who tries to stop her sister from eloping with Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe but ends up being carried off and married to him instead. Not knowing that Geoffrey is part of the League of the Purple Gentian, Letty follows her husband to Ireland, where he and the Pink Carnation are working to stop a group of Irish rebels, supported by the French, from starting another rebellion. Letty is drawn into their plans, and in the process she and her reluctant bridegroom begin to fall in love. The secondary story is of Eloise Kelly, who is doing research on the Pink Carnation and the Black Tulip for her dissertation while also hoping that Colin Selwick will respond to her amorous advances. Though the Eloise sections can drag, the story of Letty and Geoffrey is a lot of fun and has a number of unexpected twists and turns. The characters are well written, and listeners will stay glued till the bitter end. Kate Reading does her usual great job. For libraries where the previous two books have been popular.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Eloise Kelly
Age: 20s
Working, in London, on her dissertation on a pair of 19th century spies.

Letty Alsworthy
Age: 19
Stops her sister's elopement to Lord Geoffrey only to find herself married to him; tracks down her missing husband; discovers his secret life as a spy.

Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe
Officer in the League of the Purple Gentian, finds himself forced into a marriage with Mary instead of her sister; leaves the night of his wedding to help the Pink Carnation.
Military officer

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