In this exciting sequel to last year's well-received The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Willig catapults readers back to the 1800s with another mystery to unravel.

Historian Eloise journeys to London after a nasty breakup with her boyfriend. Granted the privilege of studying archived documents at Selwick Hall, Eloise is immersed in another whodunit, courtesy of the enigmatic spy known as the Pink Carnation. This time around, Eloise closely follows the exploits of spy-wannabe Henrietta as she sets out to help unmask a treacherous French spy known as the Black Tulip.

Willig is a masterful writer who truly relishes in creating memorable characters. Henrietta is fantastically funny, and her romance with childhood friend Miles is perfect. Humor is interspersed generously throughout the story, whether the setting is the current day or the 19th century. (Jan., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg