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The Masque of the Black Tulip
Pink Carnation series, No 2

by Lauren Willig


Lady Henrietta Selwick has always wanted to help out with the war effort against Napoleon, but everyone considers her too young. She secretly becomes a courier between the Pink Carnation, England's most elusive spy, and the local War Office.

Her position becomes very dangerous when she discovers that the Black Tulip, a deadly spy for France, is in town to track down and murder the Pink Carnation. Determined to unmask the killer before he can find her friend, she teams up with her childhood friend Miles. While they hunt for the Black Tulip, they may find something neither one expected - love.

Although the story moves back and forth between the modern day and the world in the 19th century, it flows very well and is easy to follow. The characters really jump off the page and I quickly became engrossed in the story.

I haven't read the first book in this series (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation), but I definitely will go buy it after reading The Masque of the Black Tulip. I am eagerly looking forward to the next novel by Lauren Willig and would highly recommend The Masque of the Black Tulip to anyone who enjoys a romance novel with suspense and substance.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, No 1  [review 1] [review 2]
The Masque of the Black Tulip, No 2    [review]
Seduction of the Crimson Rose, No 4    [review]
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, No 5  [review]
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, No 6  [review]
The Mischief of the Mistletoe, No 7  [Audio]   [Book]
The Orchid Affair, No 8   [review]
The Garden Intrigue, No 9   [review]

The Book

Dutton Adult / Penguin Putnam
January 2006
Romance - Historical
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The Reviewer

Jennifer Glick
Reviewed 2005
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