Tears of Pearl - Lady Emily, Bk 4 Author:Tasha Alexander Looking forward to the joys of connubial bliss, newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves set out toward Turkey for an exotic honeymoon. But on their first night in the city, a harem girl is found murdered -- strangled in the courtyard of the Sultanâ's lavish Topkapi Palace. Sir Richard St. Clare, an Englishman who works at the embassy... more » in Constantinople, is present and recognizes the girl as his own daughter who was kidnapped twenty years earlier. Emily and Colin promise the heartbroken father they'll find her killer.
As a woman, Emily is given access to the forbidden world of the harem and quickly discovers that its mysterious, sheltered walls offer no protection from a ruthless murderer. Soon, the Valide (mother to the Sultan) is found strangled with a silken bowstring and the head Eunuch is brutally slain.
When the killer strikes again, kidnapping a concubine and threatening to kill her unless Emily agrees to meet him in secret, she cannot wait for Colin or the authorities to come to her rescue. In a heart-stopping finale, Emily must rely on her own sharp wits if she is to stop a killer bent on taking revenge no matter how many innocent lives he leaves in his wake.« less
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I've loved this entire series and book four did not disappoint! Alexander does an amazing job of blending history, sense of location and time, intriguing plot, and a touch of love and romance. Finishing this fourth book only made me want to go back to the first one and begin reading the series all over again while I wait for book five!