The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, by Lauren Willig

OK, this one wasn’t inspirational fiction, but I picked it up at the library while I was waiting for one of the McCullough books to come in on hold. It’s part of the same series as Masque of the Black Tulip, which I read a couple of years ago — a series of novels that are one part historical spy novel, one part historical romance, and one part anachronisitc (but fun) chicklit. They all deal with English spies in the era of the French Revolution. This book, like the other one I read (and I’m sure like the other two if I were to read them) is fun, frothy, and just a bit forgettable — I know the characters from Masque of the Black Tulip appeared as minor characters in this novel but I honestly couldn’t remember a thing about them or their storyline.

This one was actually a little more memorable since the romance plot featured a heroine who’s actually not a very nice person, and a hero who’s sort of like a sinister Lord Peter Wimsey. I thought that was very well-done.

You have to give Lauren Willig props: she’s managed to create a totally readable and fun series of books out of a well-researched historical footnote, and she’s earned a law degree and launched herself on a legal career while doing it — which is impressive. Her “flower spy” books will probably never rank among my all-time favourite historical fiction, but they’re good for a quick, entertaining read.

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  1. I have read all these books – hooked by the lure of more of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I’m finding that they are not consistent, though. They are going downhill. I mean, how many times can you tell the same kind of story and keep it fresh? Loved The Pink Carnation…but am successively more disappointed with each new book.

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