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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1803, and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. What they don't know is that England's top spy is also in Ireland: the Pink Carnation, who is working to shut the rebels down.

Meanwhile, back in England, Letty Alsworthy intercepts a note indicating that her sister, Mary, is about to make the very grave mistake of eloping with Geoffrey Pinghingdale-Snipe (second in command of the League of the Purple Gentian). In an attempt to save the family name, Letty tries to stop the elopement, but instead finds herself swept away in the midnight carriage meant for her sister and is accidentally compromised. Geoff and Letty, to each other's horror, find themselves forced into matrimony. Then Geoff receives word that he is to travel to Ireland to help the Pink Carnation; he disappears immediately after their ceremony. Letty learns of Geoff's disappearance and, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

As in her previous tales, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque Of the Black Tulip, a modern-day heroine and hero, Eloise Kelly and Colin Selwick, continue their budding romance in this captivating third novel in the series.

Don't miss the first two books in this series: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip.
©2006 Lauren Willig; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Clever....riveting, providing a great diversion and lots of fun." (Booklist
"Smart....taut and twisting. Fans of the series will clamor for more." (Publishers Weekly)

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More, more, more!

This is chick lit at its finest and most fun. While the 1st in the series remains my favorite, I wouldn't have missed any of them and have listened to each 3 times. Kate Reading's narration is invaluable to the success of these stories and the author's wit and literary style are wonderful. There is another in the series coming out soon. Here's hoping Audible will get it for us quickly.

If you like this series, don't miss Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody and the Vickie Bliss series, also available on Audible, but be sure to get the ones with Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Excellent series!

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lea
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 08-13-12

Another Success

If you could sum up The Deception of the Emerald Ring in three words, what would they be?

She's got it

What did you like best about this story?

I loved Leety's tenacity. Though not in love with her newlywed husband at the time, she finds love and her own sense of self achievement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I made it in just a few sittings. Like the other books in this series, the story flows beautifully between the historical plot and the modern day happenings the books are set in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Allison
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 12-11-09

Worth a listen.

Considerably less entertaining than the first two books, both of which were absolutely smashing. Both leading characters are less well-developed than in previous books: Letty Alsworthy is a country mouse with some little charm, it's true, but Geoffrey Pinghingdale-Snipe remains as quiet and unassuming as a leading man as he was as a backgrounf figure in previous books. Still, it's entertaining enough, especially the bits in between involving the modern day Eloise and Colin. Worth a listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Love this series

Witty, and makes me wish I found this series on a vacation. I am hooked. Who needs sleep ? Not me!!!

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I love this series!

These books were so fun to read in paper and Ms Reading's performance adds tremendously to the experience. Thank you

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Might be my favorite one in the series

Of the 5 books in the series I've listened to, this might be my favorite one. There was something compelling about the story and the relationship and misunderstandings of Letty and Jeffery that captivated my attention. I ate it up, feeling frustrates with the characters and feeling my pulse quicken, holding my breath during perils. Well done!

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A new venue - spies in Ireland!

Not quite as good as the previous book, but it is fun anyway. The mystery/action is still tight, I just didn't find the romantic premise as engaging. Kate Reading keeps it lively as always.

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More mayhem with spies and counterspies

Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.

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  • Annette
  • Scheyern, Germany
  • 02-15-13

The story goes on

What did you love best about The Deception of the Emerald Ring?

Nothing specific. Letty is a very nice person, maybe a little naive. And Eloise, she is fun and really want to know Colin. I like her and the two stories in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nobody specific.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to a lot of books performed by Kate Reading. For me she is the best!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, just hearing it on my daily commute to work.

Any additional comments?

non.