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The Masque of the Black Tulip: A Novel | [Lauren Willig]

The Masque of the Black Tulip: A Novel

The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.
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The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen. Meanwhile, the Black Tulip, France's deadliest spy, is in England with instructions to track down and kill the Pink Carnation. Only Henrietta Uppington and Miles Dorrington know where the Pink Carnation is stationed. Using a secret code book, Henrietta has deciphered a message detailing the threat of the Black Tulip. Meanwhile, the War Office has enlisted Miles to track down the notorious French spy before he (or she) can finish the deadly mission. But what Henrietta and Miles don't know is that while they are trying to find the Black Tulip (and possibly falling in love), the Black Tulip is watching them.

©2005 Lauren Willig; (P)2005 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

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"Many more will delight in this easy-to-read romp and line up for the next installment." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 09-04-06
    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 09-04-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it!"

    This is the second in this series and both of them are pure joy. Laugh out loud funny at times, an engaging love story and plenty of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. Something for everyone. Don't miss this or the first book in this series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Mesa, AZ, USA 06-01-07
    Jonathan Mesa, AZ, USA 06-01-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent series!"

    This is an amusing, intelligent series of historical romance and intrigue....Read the whole series!

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    Barbara San Rafael, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-14-08
    Barbara San Rafael, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-14-08
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved listening to this book. The author is wonderful and the narrator is charming (I prefer the audiobook to reading the hard copy). Funny, full of adventure, and a little erotic at times; this book kept me begging for more. Ditch your music on you ipod and load this series instead, it's a perfect gym time listen. I'm waiting for the fourth one with baited breath, because I know I won't be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda College Station, TX, United States 02-11-11
    Lynda College Station, TX, United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful Listening!"

    I love the author's sense of humor but the narrator REALLY brings it to life. She is expressive in her reading as opposed to just a dry read.

    Couldn't stop listening! Going back for the rest of the series!

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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 08-28-12
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    "This Series is Genius!"

    This series is genius! If you truly enjoyed the first book and are wondering if you should buy the next one, my recommendation to you would be to go for it. You will not be disappointed. Like book 1, Willig goes back and forth in this book between contemporary and historical fiction. You’ll continue keeping your fingers crossed for Eloise Kelley, while getting to know Henrietta and Miles in a whole new way.

    I love the way Willig plays with the social mores of the time period while simultaneously writing about women who seem both capable and smart. She maintains her especially sardonic sense of humor throughout the book. And Kate Reading continues to do a wonderful job as narrator. I not only recommend getting this book, but the other ones in this series. I find it a refreshing take on the romance genre.

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    Annette Scheyern, Germany 05-27-11
    Annette Scheyern, Germany 05-27-11 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Wonderful"

    The story of Eloise and Colin goes on. The second book of this series also has immediately dragged me into the spell. Kate Reading lets live the Charactere. Thanks.

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    Tom Asheville, NC 06-29-10
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    "marvelous duo"

    Lauren Willig and Kate Redding team up here to produce a wonderful book to listen to. Willig weaves a nice spy tale with some nice humor and sharp repartee. Redding does her typical superb reading.

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    Anna Tomball, TX, United States 02-01-11
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    "Teen romance not spy thriller"

    After reading the summary I thought this was going to be a historical mystery but this is not so. The start was promising, lots of humor, imaginative chapter headings and the narrator is excellent but after a while the angsty romance takes over and is nauseating! A romance is expected in a historical mystery but there was very little history and NO MYSTERY - the spy intrigue took only a tiny portion of the story and merely consisted of several suspects and thats it.

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    "The Masque of the Black Tulip"

    Absolutely fantastic!

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    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-30-13
    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!

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    "Even better than the first - I'm caught"

    The characters were a little less silly in this second book, and the mystery a bit tighter. Kate Reading is a marvel - she has great voice/accent definition so all the voices stay consistent. She also has marvelous timing so the mystery is revealed properly and the comedy is effervescent.

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