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TEARS OF PEARL

Lady Emily Book #4

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 woman can be given access to the forbidden world of the harem. There, she quickly discovers that its mysterious, sheltered walls offer no protection from a ruthless murderer.

“The fourth 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 ½ stars, Top Pick)

“The author deftly handles the exotic setting...”—Publishers Weekly

“Because this is the fourth book in Alexander's Victorian series characters have been well established, but their relationships and inner conflicts continue to develop in interesting ways. Curious facts about the Ottoman Empire, comparisons of women's independence there and in England, and vivid descriptions of locations and objects add that little something extra...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

"One of the many pleasures of this series is how Alexander has allowed her creations to change and grow — and not just our heroine...In this book, despite murder and mayhem and treason (oh my!) it's all gorgeous gowns, rippling water, veils of silk and veils of hair: total costume porn of the most deliciously Eastern variety.  Whatever Emily decides to do with herself I am only too happy to come along for the ride..."—Fiction Nation

"Alexander doesn’t miss a beat. She brings to life a strong-willed, intelligent Victorian Lady in a setting that is well-researched and crafted. Tightly woven plots, flowing prose and three-dimensional characters make Tears of Pearl a must-read. Readers won’t be able to stop themselves from racing through the pages as they search alongside Lady Emily for the killer." —examiner.com

"A window into a world long-gone, Tears of Pearl delivers both interesting history and fast-action suspense—a winning combination for a great mystery read!"—Borders Books, Crime Scene

“Infused with wit and charm, with just the right amounts of danger, romance and detection blended in.”—Denver Post

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