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Author: Lauren Willig
ISBN: 0143058029
Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (December 29, 2005)
Rating: 4.3
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Home Lauren Willig The Masque of the Black Tulip. Willig picks up where she left readers breathlessly hangin. any more will delight in this easy-to-read romp and line up for the next instalment’.

Home Lauren Willig The Masque of the Black Tulip. What’s most delicious about Willig’s novels is that the damsels of 1803 bravely put it all on the line for love and country’. The Detroit Free Press. Studded with clever literary and historical nugget. charming ary romance moves back and forth in time’. Willig has great fun with the conventions of the genre, throwing obstacles between her lovers at every opportunity’.

Thankfully, Lauren Willig stopped writing excruciatingly detailed sex scenes after the second book (this one).

Masque of the Black Tulip. Willig picks up where she left readers breathlessly hanging with 2005’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Author: Lauren Willig. Publisher: Dutton Adult, 2005. After discovering the identity of the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most successful spies during the Napoleonic wars, modern-day graduate student Eloise Kelly is hot on the trail of the Black Tulip, the Pink Carnation’s French counterpart.

In front of him loomed his best friend-his former best friend-arm outstretched like a medieval woodcut of a wrathful God. Richard's very posture crackled with rage. Oh, no," breathed Henrietta, hastily yanking her bodice back up into place. Amy grabbed Richard by the arm and shoved him behind.

Willig tells a story so well that I had four different suspects right up to the end. The Masque of the Black Tulip is part . Lauren Willig always delights with her literary allusions and witty turn of phrase, and I enjoyed the dual storyline with the modern and Napoleonic time periods. The Masque of the Black Tulip is part of a series of spy mysteries set during Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule of France. Willig uses historical events as a basis for her stories, but if you aren’t a history buff, it can actually sound like something that could have happened. The story weaves fact and fiction so well together that the reader will easily be caught up in the suspense of that time in history.

But now she has a million questions about the Carnation's deadly nemesis, the Black Tulip. And she's pretty sure that handsome Colin Selwick has the answers somewhere in his family's archives. And she's pretty sure that handsome Colin Selwick has the answers somewhere in his family's archive. omance Historical Romance. One fee. Stacks of books.

Willig picks up where she left readers breathlessly hanging with 2005's The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Spirited Henrietta Selwick discovers that the Black Tulip has resurfaced after a 10-year silence with the intent of eliminating the Pink Carnation. After discovering the identity of the Pink Carnation, one of England's most successful spies during the Napoleonic wars, modern-day graduate student Eloise Kelly is hot on the trail of the Black Tulip, the Pink Carnation's French counterpart. Miles Dorrington (Richard's best friend) works for the War Office and is directed to unearth the deadly spy.

Overall, a jolly good read. com User, November 22, 2006. Read on the heels of the first book in the series, I found this book to be charming, suspenseful at times and very hard to put down. I found myself thinking about the book's characters while going about my normal routine. A bit less of spying and more of intrigue this time around, but over all, I think the author does have me hooked on this series.

Willig's books have been named a Romantic Times Top Pick! and she has been nominated for a Quill Award in 2006. The Masque of the Black Tulip (December 29, 2005). ISBN 978-0-525-94920-6

Willig's books have been named a Romantic Times Top Pick! and she has been nominated for a Quill Award in 2006  . ISBN 978-0-525-94920-6. The Deception of the Emerald Ring (November 16, 2006). ISBN 978-0-525-94977-0.

When a London War Office courier is murdered for the confidential dispatch he carried for an elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation, Henrietta Uppington and Miles Dorrington decipher a secret message and work with the War Office to prevent the Pink Carnation's assassination by a deadly French spy. Simultaneous.
Comments (7)
Laitchai
It has been quite some time since I read the first book in this series but I immediately fell into the story again. I love the juxtaposition of a modern day historian's discovery of the papers of Regency heroes and heroines with the story of the heroes and heroines as they were living their story.

I found many parts of the story to be laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, I was laughing so hard that I had to put down the book to wipe my eyes. The situations as two rank amateurs get involved in uncovering a dastardly French agent were both thrilling and amusing. I especially liked the friends-to-lovers plot as Henrietta and Miles each realize that their long-standing friendship was growing into something more but who don't realize or believe that the other has come to the same realization.

I like the modern parts of the story too which has Eloise wondering very much about Colin Selwick who is definitely a man of mystery. I am eager to carry on with this series to find out what happens next in 1803 and also what happens next for Eloise and Colin.
Bynelad
Okay, so it's kind of indulgent, but I really enjoy this series. They will never be great literature, but it's a fun story with dynamic characters and some excellent turns of phrase, and it follows along neatly in the footsteps of its predecessor, The Pink Carnation, as well as The Scarlet Pimpernel, albeit with a little more explicit content. As in the first book, there is a very explicit (multiple pages long) sex scene between a married couple, and it should NOT be read by children (says the girl who was accidentally loaned it by a family friend in seventh grade), but it is an enjoyable story that doesn't take itself too seriously, and the premise is way cool. I mean, female spies in the Napoleonic Wars? It doesn't get much cooler than that. This is totally wish-fulfillment historical chick lit (and I do NOT mean the sex scenes here, but the adventure part), and although I've seen it get some pretty bad press, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am pretty choosy about books. The frame story makes it even cooler, and honestly, I'm just waiting for them to be made into movies.

P.S. Thankfully, Lauren Willig stopped writing excruciatingly detailed sex scenes after the second book (this one). Something to look forward to. (:
Dusho
Miles and Henrietta may be more bumbling as spies than the Pink Carnation and the Purple Gentian, but they just prove that anyone can be of service to their country if their hearts are in the right place! And, of course, they were a little distracted by the whole falling in love thing. They made a very cute couple!

I enjoyed how the definitions from the Pink Carnation's code book at the beginning of each chapter informed what would happen in the chapter. The double meanings were great. And I liked how the modern-day story tied in with what was going on in the past.

My only complaint is that the romance between Eloise and Colin in the present-day is proceeding very slowly. Guess I'll just have to continue with the rest of the series to see where they end up.
Dream
This is the second in the Pink Carnation series and I am finding these books very enjoyable. While they have romance, they also feature female adventurers, intrigue, and quite a bit of humor. These aren't meant for someone looking for a serious historical read or pure romantic fiction. These books are like delicious junk food that must occasionally be indulged in. I'd probably be bored if I read them straight through so I am saving them for when i need something light to cheer me up.
Gosar
Very good characters and an enjoyable read. I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.
Zehaffy
Yet again, Ms. Willig impressed me with her lighthearted take on historical romance/mystery! Although I read these books in the completely WRONG order (first Emerald Ring, then Pink Carnationa, and finally Black Tulip), I was taken in by all of them--this one no less than the others. Although I felt that the "oh no heroine might be compromised marry her off quickly" story line was somewhat repetitive between this installment and Emerald Ring, the stories of Henrietta and Miles vs. Letty and Geoff were different enough to keep me intrigued. I'll just say that I can't wait for the 4th Pink Carnation novel!
Warianys
I really liked the Miles and Hen characters in the first book, and looked forward to seeing their relationship evolve, and of course more great humor and spying, and more modern romance with our historian and Colin. My complaint with the first book was that Amy and Richard seemed too stupid to be successful as spies. Perhaps my complaint was heard, as some of the outlandishness was toned back, perhaps at the cost of humor. Plot-wise, quite good, but I also got the sense that the author was stretching content to prepare for a third book. This book needed more Colin, I think. I did not laugh uncontrollably at this book, or feel as compelled to read it all in one sitting. I wish I'd waited for the paperback--tradesize like the first one.
I like how the characters are strong willed and willing to stand up for themselves...female and male.