7.4.13

THE DECEPTION OF THE EMERALD RING, by Lauren Willig

3/series. More fireworks, this time of more than one kind. In 1803 London, while attempting to thwart her sister’s precipitous midnight elopement, sincere Lettie Alsworthy (she of the unruly hair) manages to be kidnapped by the suitor’s henchmen and finds herself in a compromised position. Her sister's noble-hearted swain does the right thing by the wrong sibling. Even at the wedding reception it is obvious this marriage is in trouble. Enter again the Black Tulip, French spy nonpareil, intent on wreaking havoc in Ireland on behalf of Bonaparte. Exit the disgruntled groom without so much as an oops to his new bride. Endless complications both in 1803, and the 21st century as smitten doctoral candidate Eloise Kelly (she  also of the unruly hair) and aristocratic dish Colin Selwick clash yet again. Marvelous series, told with sly humor and PhD-worthy attention to detail. A 5. www.laurenwillig.com