Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Masque of the Black Tulip

by Lauren Willig, 406 pages

Eloise once more throws herself into researching Napoleonic espionage, focusing this time on the lives of the Purple Gentian's sister, Henrietta Selwick, and best friend, Miles Dorrington, as they follow the elusive trail of Napoleon's deadliest spy, The Black Tulip.

Ha.  I liked this volume better than the first in the Pink Carnation series, as Hen and Miles's relationship has years of friendship at its foundation rather than a single big event / adventure.  It may take some danger to make them realize another dynamic has been sneaking up on them, but they would have figured it out eventually, even without the drama.  I also enjoyed the willingness to let the leads be a little doofy.  It will be fun to see which side characters get the spotlight next.

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