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Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Tasha Alexander
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 2009 Lady Emily Mysteries (Book 4)
Looking forward to the joys of connubial bliss, newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves 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 Topkapi 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 they'll find her killer. 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. Soon, the Valide (mother to the Sultan) is found strangled with a silken bowstring and the head Eunuch is brutally slain. When the killer strikes again, kidnapping a concubine and threatening to kill her unless Emily agrees to meet him in secret, she cannot wait for Colin or the authorities to come to her rescue. In a heart-stopping finale, Emily must rely on her own sharp wits if she is to stop a killer bent on taking revenge no matter how many innocent lives he leaves in his wake.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books,US (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383701
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The forth book of Alexander's Victorian-era series has a lush setting and beautiful details. . . . The romance and lovely writing sweep the readers along. Emily is a most independent woman for her time. Her voice and the accurate historical details will keep the reader enthralled."--"Romantic Times" (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)

"The author deftly handles the exotic setting and a subplot in which Emily worries she may be pregnant."--"Publishers Weekly""The strong female lead and historically accurate details will please readers of Anne Perry, Laurie R. King, and Deanna Raybourn seeking a new fan-favorite author."--"Library Journal""Infused with wit and charm, with just the right amounts of danger, romance and detection blended in."--"Denver"" Post"

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Amid the beauty and decadence of the Ottoman Empire, Lady Emily uncovers intrigue, treachery, and forbidden romance. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bitterly Dissapointed 22 Nov 2011
I really loved the first three 'Lady Emily' books in the series and was truly looking forward to this book. To my dissapointment, I thought it was awful.

Lady Emily is no longer charming, vivacious and willing to learn. She is bossy, self absorbed and selfish to the enth degree. I have no idea what Colin sees in her anymore. I found their relationship in this book tedious and dreary. She's actually becoming a bit painful, and I find that I don't really like her very much.

The mystery in this book was disjointed and silly and I think that Tasha Alexander really struggled to capture a sense of place in Istanbul. The hareem and the characters within were not real to me, and it lacked the realism and pace of her previous book 'A Fatal Waltz' set in Vienna. The culprit was blindingly obvious and the whole 'backstory' a little thin.

All in all, after this book I'm not too sure I will continue to pursue my relationship with Lady Emily, and that makes me a little sad as we started out with such promise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 12 Jun 2014
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Very enjoyable series - having read the first three books I had to read the next in the series. It is going to be a bit expensive though because now I want to find out what happens in the next book...and the next! An interesting set of characters all of whom grow and change with every book plus well plotted stories. I am going to have to pace myself!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 Dec 2013
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This is the first in a series of historical romances. As such I found it weak in plot and altogether rather disappointing.
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