Tears of Pearl
This fourth mystery starring Lady Emily Ashton begins in 1892, after her marriage to Colin Hargreaves. The newlyweds’ plan for a honeymoon trip to Turkey inevitably becomes more than they’d anticipated. As they travel from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express, they meet Sir Richard St. Clare, an English diplomat with a tragic past. So commences another intriguing and intricately plotted mystery, smoothly combining smoldering romance, an exotic setting, and murder.
I am hooked on this series. What does the well-bred woman do with her intelligence and inquiring personality? Is there nothing more for her than marriage, endless, social engagements and children? In the first three books, Lady Emily discovers that she is far more capable than anyone has ever given her credit for and revels in the freedom of widowhood to pursue her own interests. Along the way, she experiences desire and emotional love for the first time. I look forward to the next installment.