Betrayal of the Blood LilyBook - 2010
Everyone warned Miss Penelope Deveraux that her unruly behavior would land her in disgrace someday. She never imagined she's be whisked off to India to give the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. As Lady Frederick Staines waits, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem--even her husband. In a strange country, where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust...
Captain Alex Reid has better things to do than play nursemaid to a pair of aristocrats. Or so he thinks--until Lady Frederick Staines out-shoots, out-rides, and out-swims every man in the camp. She also has an uncanny ability to draw out the deadly plans of the Marigold and put herself in harm's way. With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with Lady Staines just might be the only thing standing in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire...
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Eloise Kelly has been in London for three months now. Her intent on traveling to London from Harvard University was to track down some elusive research on an aristocratic spy of the Napoleonic era who was known as The Pink Carnation. No only did she find it, she found a whole bouquet of other florally-named spies, (spies that formed the basis of the next four novels). In this, the sixth in the series, we learn a little more about Eloise’s new romance in the twenty-first century, but a lot more about one of the characters who in the previous books was only a periphery figure – the scandalously flirtatious Penelope Devereaux. Out of boredom or rebellion, Penelope has allowed her reputation to be compromised, shocking her nineteenth-century, upper-crust society circle. She duly finds herself married off to said indiscretion, Lord Freddy Staines, and pushed off to the far-reaches of the British Empire in India. Far from all she has known, it is nonetheless not long before Lady Penelope is drawing attention to herself; she is far more comfortable in the saddle, shooting a gun and diving – literally – into trouble than staying primly and prettily on the sidelines. But there is trouble enough brewing in India, especially for Captain Alex Reid, who must untangle a web of political intrigues from English, Indian and French forces, and figure out which of his many suspects might be The Marigold – yet another floral spy. It may be his arch enemy, Mir Alam, or more distressingly, his missing brother Jack. It might even be the new British envoy, Lord Freddy Staines or that infuriatingly bewitching new bride of his, Penelope. Drawing upon many historical facts that are brought to life with brilliant detail, this is another swashbuckling adventure of high romance that is sure to transport its audience with its action and a fair dash of humour. Read it alone or start at the beginning of the series with The Secret history of the Pink Carnation – each novel in the series is a great escapade in its own right. For this and other books reviewed in this column, visit http://spl.bibliocommons.com and search for the tag ‘Shelf Life Reviewed’.
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