Tears of Pearl
Set amid the beauty and decadence of the Ottoman Empire, Lady Emily’s latest adventure is full of intrigue, treachery, and romance. Looking forward to the joys of connubial bliss, newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves, diplomats of the British Empire, set out toward Turkey for an exotic... show more
Set amid the beauty and decadence of the Ottoman Empire, Lady Emily’s latest adventure is full of intrigue, treachery, and romance.
Looking forward to the joys of connubial bliss, newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves, diplomats of the British Empire, set out toward Turkey for an exotic honeymoon. But on their first night in the city, a harem girl is found murdered, strangled in the courtyard of the sultan’s lavish Yildiz Palace. Sir Richard St. Clare, an Englishman who works at the embassy in Constantinople, is present and recognizes the girl as his own daughter who was kidnapped twenty years earlier. Emily and Colin promise the heartbroken father that they’ll find her killer, but as the investigation gains speed, they find that appearance can be deceiving—especially within the confines of the seraglio.
As a woman, Emily is given access to the forbidden world of the harem and quickly discovers that its mysterious, sheltered walls offer no protection from a ruthless murderer. As the number of victims grows, Emily must rely on her own sharp wit in a heart-stopping finale if she is to stop a killer bent on exacting vengeance no matter how many innocent lives he leaves in his wake.
Publish date: 2009-09-01
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
Series: Lady Emily (#4)
Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves travel by the Oriental Express to Istanbul, they attend an opera in the Sultans court and afterwards one of his concubines is found dead. She's the long-lost daughter of one of the British Diplomats and this sets off a cascade that Emily and Colin have to investigate....
Even before Emily steps off the Orient Express in beautiful and decadent Constantinople, she's embroiled in intrigue and treachery. The brutal death of a concubine in the sultan's palace allows her first foray into investigating a crime as an official agent of the British Empire--because only a woma...
I was tempted to give another 3.5 stars to this book, but I think personal bias might be getting in the way on this one, so I'll err on the side of optimism. The whole of this book takes place in Constantinople, during Lady Emily's honeymoon. They become embroiled in a murder investigation that i...
Decent mystery, lots of intriguing things going on with the heroine's relationship with her new husband, independence, pregnancy, societal expectations, and desire (or lack thereof) for children, and some of the Turkish women were interesting. However. There's not enough chops here to tackle "rescui...
Oh my... what a bittersweet book! I'm anxious to get to #5 to see how we go from here. Will Lady Emily ever be able to conceive, bear a child to full-term, and have a healthy birth where both mother & child recover and live?As amazing as this book is, I alternated between frustration and anger at Em...