Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily Series #4)

Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily Series #4)

by Tasha Alexander
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Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily Series #4) by Tasha Alexander

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312383800
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Lady Emily Series , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 146,923
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Tasha Alexander is the author of the Lady Emily novels, a series of historical suspense, including A Crimson Warning and Dangerous to Know. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she signed on as an English major in order to have a legitimate excuse for spending all her time reading. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago and the UK.

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Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself repeatedly sighing out loud and rolling my eyes at the ridiculous, unlikely, unbelievable and melodramatic events and dialogue throughout this mediocre murder mystery. I know Tasha Alexander can do better. She created wonderful characters in Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves in 'And Only to Deceive' and she continued to develop their relationship in 'A Poisoned Season'. I thought both books were wonderful and I would recommend either of them to any one who enjoys good historical fiction or likes mysteries. Unfortunately 'Tears of Pearl' has little or no character development, a poor mystery at it's core, unrealistic dialogue and a completely unbelievable string of events. There is an overwhelming amount of trembling and tingling being described but sadly there wasn't any chemistry between the characters. The constant double entendres exchanged between Emily and Colin seemed forced and far too contemporary. The reader does learn some new things about Lady Emily's youth but they feel as if they are facts given to fill in the blanks, some of which were repeated a bit too often for my tastes. Alexander also includes letters in the book that add nothing to the story. She did this with 'Fatal Waltz' as well. The only thing I liked about this book was when Lady Emily recalled events that happened in the first two books. I thought the mystery was lack-luster the events ridiculous and the author turned what had been very likable characters into caricatures. This, the double entendres and unbelievable dialogue has made me swear off any more Tasha Alexander novels until she returns to the quality of writing that she produced in her first two novels. I never would have finished this if I hadn't been obligated to review it. Had I paid for this book I would have been very angry to have wasted my money on this. I would recommend some similar but very well done historical mysteries; Deanna Raybourn's 'Silent' series and Kate Ross' 'Julian Kestral' mysteries. And Ashley Gardner has a nice series set in a little bit earlier time period, the 'Gabriel Lacy' series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed Alexander's first two books but being less than thrilled by the third, I was hesitant about purchasing the latest in the Lady Emily series. I caved in, though, but I was terribly disappointed (understatement) in Tears Of Pearl. Whether or not the author has done huge amounts of research, it matters little when the plot was thin, there were too many coincidences to mention and the characters were barely recognizable from Alexander's first two books. Okay, so the plot and mystery/suspense of this author's first books weren't all that savvy to begin with, but at least those were enjoyable books, with an enjoyable cast of characters whom you cared about. _______________ In Tears Of Pearl, main character Emily has quite a narrow view of the Ottoman culture and its women, which spoils the book even more. She is not open-minded to anything or anyone at all...unless it concerns herself, which says enough about this character. ________________ Tears Of Pearl is a so-called "novel of suspense", but the 'suspense' part of this book is playing hide-and-seek. A true mystery, that. ________________ See my recommendations of murder/mystery and suspense series which does a much better job overall.
Bluebonnet100 More than 1 year ago
At first, I couldn't figure out why I was having such a difficult time getting through this book. Then it came to me, it wasn't well written. I loved the first two in the series, the third was still good, but not a good as the others. However, this one was just plain boring. So unfortunate. Lady Emily seems to have lost her edge. And I felt as if I was in a classroom being lectured on the Ottoman Empire. I hate to say it, but this was not worth the money or time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I'm already an avid fan of the Lady Emily mysteries, but I confess I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I don't know anything about the Ottoman Empire, and I wasn't sure I wanted to learn. But this book sucked me right in with it's intriguing premise. Tasha Alexander has a way of painting pictures with words and this book was just like the others. Soon I felt like I had been swept up into a world harem intrigue. She visited Istanbul to do research for this story and it is evident in the detailed way that she depicts the city, in addition to the incredible amount of authentic historical research that she pours into the writing of each and every book. I was immediately impressed by the way that Ms. Alexander always wants to push herself to the next level in her writing. Though this book did not have the courtship between Emily and Colin to drive the story, the romance became even more intriguing as they dove into sleuthing and married life. Lady Emily is a strong woman and the chemistry between her and Colin is hot, hot, HOT. I'm the sort of reader who can't stand reading a book that's not well written, and so I always count on Tasha Alexander to provide a read that is fun, intelligent, romantic and fast-paced. And this book was no exception. I can't wait until the next book comes out!!!
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llh0803 More than 1 year ago
I have really tried to like this series, but honestly I should have stopped reading after the first book. I continued the series only because the second book was so good. Lady Emily is just not a likeable character and Colin Hargreaves is not believable in that no one would put up with a spouse who is so selfish. The plot of the mystery is convoluted and the murderer is so obvious its laughable. Margaret comes across as a spoiled brat, not an enlightened woman. There was no development of Emily or Colin's character as they transition into man and wife, and his agreement to whatever stupid idea Emily has makes him seem very weak.
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The Lady Emily series just gets better and better. Colin Hargreaves and Lady Emily are on their honeymoon in Constantnople, and of course end upinthe middle of murder and intrigue. The book was exciting and the mystery was good, if somewhat improbable. But it kept me reading, wanting to know who the villian was. Onto thenext book!
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Very well written. The author cares deeply for not only the characters but the surroundings of the story. Each book takes privileged, young, Lady Emily to another Victorian aged european capital, walking the streets of beautiful Paris to interview interesting characters to solve a murder. The story uncovers the keen interests of that time in the art world from ancient Greek sculpture to her personal encounters with painters of the era like Monet. Do not worry that it sounds too involved in the art world as Lady E. is not the least interested in much of that in the beginning. She accepts a marriage proposal purely to get her away from living with her overbearing mother.
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Superb
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