THE MARK OF THE MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA
The latest in the Pink Carnation series is a delightfully eerie Halloween book that combines all of the suspense of the spy series with the era’s fascination with the supernatural. Willig’s writing is witty and smart, and her addictive series sparkles with lively dialogue, intelligent characters and great plotting, which is why readers keep coming back for more. Willig represents the Regency romantic mystery at its best.
With the Little Season at its peak, Sally Fitzhugh is just as intrigued by the novel The Convent of Orsino as everyone else. But Sally doesn’t believe that the withdrawn Duke of Belliston is a vampire. She’s determined to uncover the truth when she meets the reclusive duke during a ball. Lucien has more to worry about than vampires, as his parents’ myster- ious deaths have brought scandal to his family. Then, a woman is found drained of blood. Sally and Lucien are thrust into the investigation, and Sally is determined to keep Lucien safe and clear his name. Meanwhile, in the 21st century, Eloise and Colin try to keep their long-distance relationship and their love alive when Colin comes to America for a visit. (NAL, Aug., 496 pp., $15.00)