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Betrayal of the blood lily
Lauren Willig
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Harvard grad student Eloise Kelly continues her dissertation research on 18th-century British spies among the treasure trove of Colin Selwick's family archives and finds an unexpected offshoot of the Pink Carnation's spy network foiling French conspiracies. The documents reveal that Penelope Devereaux is forced into a loveless marriage with Lord Frederick Stains, and they are both sent off to a British enclave in India. As Freddie pursues drinking, gambling, and womanizing, the headstrong Penelope is left to the care and protection of Capt. Alex Reid, who fears a spy hidden in their midst. Slipping easily between the contemporary world and the Napoleonic era, Kate Reading delivers a superb performance in this sixth book of the romantic mystery series as she gives unpolished Eloise her broad mid-America accent and brings her mildly clumsy persona to life. Her Penelope, on the other hand, is suitably aristocratic, and the multitude of supporting vocal characterizations is equally precise and entertaining. A Dutton hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 5). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Reading the sixth book in Willig's "Pink Carnation" series (after The Temptation of the Night Jasmine) is like getting a plate of warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies; it's hard not to eat them all at once, but you also want to savor each bite. The cleverly connected historical and contemporary story lines are well blended with complementary turning points, but it's really the historical characters who steal the show. Penelope and Lord Frederick Staines have been forced into marriage and shipped off to India to serve as Governor General Wellesley's Special Envoy to the Court of Hyderabad. Escorting the couple is Capt. Alex Reid, born and raised in India. The unexpected connection between steadfast Alex and headstrong Penelope transforms the pair into appealing underdogs. The political intrigue among nations, intricate and double-crossing spy system, and engrossing historical view of India add essential elements of drama and action. Verdict A great choice for readers who like their mysteries with historical or romantic elements. Fans of Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, Ariana Franklin, or M.M. Kaye are likely to love Willig, too. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/09.]-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., IL (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; in a relationship with Colin.

Colin Selwick
Descendent of one of the spies that Eloise is researching; in a relationship with Eloise.

Frederick Staines
Born Penelope Deveraux; hastily married her husband to avoid a scandal; moved to India to allow the rumors to die down; discovers dangerous intrigue in a plot to overthrow British rule.

Alex Reid
Forms an alliance with Frederick.

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