The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation #3)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  6,683 ratings  ·  447 reviews
A dangerous ring of spies, a game of mistaken identities, and a heartwarming romance of unlikely pairs come together in Lauren Willig's engaging and exciting third novel THE DECPTION OF THE EMERALD RING. Praised for the "cheerfully postmodern and energetic . . .romance-adventure hybrids [that] have escaped the clutches of niche fiction." (The Onion A.V. Club), her Pink Car...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published November 16th 2006 by Dutton Adult
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Deception of the Emerald Ring, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Deception of the Emerald Ring

The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoThe Alienist by Caleb CarrThe Historian by Elizabeth KostovaThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónMistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Best Historical Mystery
89th out of 964 books — 2,369 voters
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Best Historical Fiction
386th out of 4,131 books — 17,547 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
Greetings ladies and gentlemen! If you missed my review for the last book in this series, The Masque of the Black Tulip, I’ll give you a slight refresher. Our hero’s name is Shoulders because you can bet your sweet ass the width of them will be mentioned more than his actual name. Our heroine is Chemise as all our hero seems to think about is getting her out of hers. Also, spies. Now on with the show!


Shoulders: I must run away with her! I love her and I’ll have her any way I can g...more
Lisa Kay
Regency Period & Ireland
[image error][image error]

★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh! This parallel time warp series just keeps getting better and better. Luckily, it looks like the fabulous, talented and versatile Kate Reading narrates the whole of this series. She does a wonderful job on the male and female voices – of all ages. (Eloise’s grandmother sounds a little like an elderly Katherine Hepburn.) She’s good at differentiating the voices within the same sex also. Regardless...more
Jun 17, 2014 TL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to TL by: random purchases in the Book Rack:)
Love this series:-) Romance and spies, humor/drama *happy sigh* Kate Reading did a brilliant job narrating the story, giving everyone a distinctive voice, past or present.

Letty is one of my favorite characters of the series, I think we'd be great friends:-)
After trying to thwart her sister's elopement, Letty finds herself compromised and married to Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe. Feeling he has been trapped into a marriage to the less attractive sister, Geoffrey abandons Letty on their wedding night and sets sail for Ireland.

Feeling humiliated Letty sets off in pursuit but what she doesn't realise is Geoffrey is a spy in the League of the Purple Gentian and he is traveling to Ireland to thwart a French invasion. Letty lands right in the middle of a...more
Old TT review:

So, I read The Deception of the Emerald Ring, the third book in the Pink Carnation series, and I have to say, I'm not pleased with the direction the series is taking. Instead of being French Revolution spy adventures with a dash of romance, they are turning into romance novels with a dash of French Revolution spy adventure. Me, I got nothin' against romance novels, but I'm picky about them and Lauren Willig is not making the cut here. Also, the framing device of the PhD candidate d...more
Beth F.
The magic was missing from this one. And I’m not sure I can elaborate further and identify what piece was lacking except to say that something was just off. It took me a week of off and on reading to finish this which is inexcusable for a book that qualifies as light reading.

There is an author’s note in the front of the book where she admits that this book was more of a struggle to write than the first two and unfortunately, I think I picked up on that because I kept putting this book down to g...more
The third book in the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig and a satisfying addition for me. This one takes place mostly in Ireland. Fast paced but not too fast that you blink and miss something. I wasn't really liking the hero and heroine at first but after awhile I started warming up to them. I thought the romance was a little stiff and not totally convincing but it worked out in the end. I'm not a great fan of plot-lines that continue in several books but I'm enjoying the series anyway.
This is the third book in a series that takes place in England during the regency period. It focuses on the leagues of English Spies ala the Scarlet Pimpernel (aristocrats who spy!) who are busy doing their part to foil Napolean. This was the first in this series that I read (the pink carnation series)and while I think reading the earlier books would have fleshed out some of the characters in this book a bit more, it wasn't a big problem. I wasn't sure going into this if this was going to be str...more
The problem here is the bitter single woman syndrome. This book is the third book in a series about a Harvard grad student who is researching spies in England during the Napoleonic wars. A totally fascinating topic that is ruined by the modern day researcher who is just a mess. This is no Jennifer Weiner description of a modern woman, this is just pure insecure woman with no life but her research. In short, there's nothing to respect about her, she rarely holds her own, she's miserable without h...more
I quite enjoyed this book. It's predictable, but sometimes predictable is nice. Geoff accidentally marries the wrong sister, Letty, but somehow they fall in love in the midst of spying and intrigue in Ireland. Also, we learn more about the Black Tulip.

I've continued reading this series because it is like potato chips. Not particularly good, and you know that there is much better substance out there, but still you find it enjoyable and a little addictive. I was rolling my eyes a bit to (once agai...more
The plot was fairly interesting, but Willig's writing style leaves a lot to be desired. I didn't like how she switched between the present and the past; it felt disjointed and I didn't really care for the characters in the present. I can see where she tried to make some parallels, but I didn't enjoy them. Also, her use of language makes the sections set in the early 1800s implausible; I felt like she tried to antiquate modern language, but she didn't really succeed, so a lot of what the characte...more
The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

After her weekend at Colin Selwicks country estate ends rather quickly (that’s what happens when you almost kiss and are interrupted by a phone call) Eloise Kelly is back in London looking for more information on the Pink Carnations activities. Only she keeps getting distracted by the fact that her cell phone is not ringing and Colin is not calling. That is until she stumbles upon a possible link to the Pink Carnations activities in Ireland.

Susan (susayq ~)
I fall a little more in love with this series with each book I read. The humor is what gets me...and Lauren Willig has me cackling with some of the stuff she writes.

The premise of this book is that the Pink Carnation is in Ireland to help foil the plans of another attempted Irish Rebellion, while the Irish are seeking help from the French and the Black Tulip. Well, lets' just say, the Pink Carnation does what she's supposed to and stops the Irish with a little help from her friends. Geoff and hi...more
Eloise continues her search for more information (using only primary sources of course) regarding the adventures of various spies during the Napoleonic Wars.

This book revolves around Geoff and Letty -- who were caught in a 'compromising' situation and were forced to wed basically as strangers. I did find it interesting but I felt like this relationship was a little forced. I mean Geoff suddenly realizes Letty is this honest and wonderful girl after what, like a couple of weeks?! Of course they...more
I love these books---as romance novels...I don't think that they will win any awards anytime soon---but that having been said...I love these books. The authors humor is just like my own (I would like to think that if I wrote a novel I would be as witty as this) If you read too fast you might just miss something rather funny. If I were to give the author any advice it would be this---find a friend with some "glamour shots" experience and a friend who has a camera slightly nicer then a disposable....more
Christy B
Not as good as The Masque Of the Black Tulip , but still a delightful book. Nobody can beat Miles and Henrietta - and I was very sad of the absence of them in this book - but Geoff and Letty, while a different sort of pair, were just as funny and cute together, although in a different way. Lord Vaughn continues to peek my interest. And excuse my French, but Miss Gwen kicks ass!!
3rd installment in the Pink Carnation series, which follows Eloise Kelly, a Harvard graduate student on a research year in London trying to find out more about the league of English spies in Regency England. Her research on the Pink Carnation continues in this installment, taking her to Ireland in 1803 as she learns of the Pink Carnation's role in thwarting the local revolt, along with the aid of Geoffry Pinchingdale-Snipe, the quiet and organized friend who helped to organize Richard's escapade...more
Steve Lindahl
The Deception of the Emerald Ring is the third book in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series and I have to confess I haven't read the first two. But it seems to stand well on its own. It's a light read, which means that although the characters get into some dangerous situations, they never stop tossing quips at each other. That's fun, but I suppose it could be disappointing to someone expecting a serious spy novel, especially since this is based on a real situation when France, England's enemy a...more
This was my least favorite book pf the series so far, largely because there was little about it that felt remotely believable.

1) Not the fact that the heroine *finally* admits to herself (realizes?) in the latter part of the book that she has loved her now-husband Geoffrey from a distance (in a sense of complete hopelessness, of course) for a long time. That little detail came much too late and with too little substance to feel valid.

2) Not the fact that Geoff had pursued Letty's older sister, M...more
Rebecca Huston
Book #3 in the Pink Carnation series.

More of a historical romp than anything else. I still had fun with it though, and it's clever at least. Calls a lot on the classic Scarlet Pimpernel series.

For the complete review, please go here:
This was my least favorite of the series. It was kind of boring and the main characters were extremely irritating, and those are the worst sins an author can commit.
Dawnn somerset
i didnt like the start of this one as much as the others, it didnt really suck me in right away like the others in the series
I adored the first two books in this series -- complete fluff, but immense -- but this one was weirdly unsatisfying. Alas.
waiting for the library to call me and say book 4 is waiting!!!
The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig is light frothy chick-lit, the third book in the Pink Carnation historical mystery romance series set in present-day London as well as Napoleonic Era Dublin. An entertaining romp in the present and the past, complete with a romantic hero and damsels in distress.

Eloise Kelly is an American graduate student in England, attempting to write her dissertation. She’s researching lesser-known British spies with escapades similar to the Scarlet Pimpernel...more
also read: 22 August 2011
Somehow it's been over two years since I last read a book in the Pink Carnation series. It was never an intentional choice, since always enjoy these books, but it seems I never quite found the time to continue. At least till now.

Being that it's been so long since I read the last in the series, it did take me a while to remember who the characters were and what happened in the last book. But somewhat thankfully, while there is still a linear story, each book is could almost work as a standalone....more
When Letitia "Letty" Alsworthy discovers that her older sister, the stunning Mary, is about to elope with her admirer, Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, she is determined to stop it. Their family is in dire financial straits as it is, the scandal of an elopement would be devastating for them. Unfortunately, Letty finds herself whisked away by the crabby coachman, and in the arms of the besotted Geoffrey before she's able to stop anything at all. Add to the fact that some of Geoff's friends conve...more
Currently this novel is my favorite of the Pink Carnation series. The couple's plight reminded me of the lovely Georgette Heyer's novel, Devil's Cub. Given that I adored that book, this novel was a fun, enjoyable read for me. I'm slowly getting through these books, which I borrowed from a friend. As always, I love the juxtaposition of the historical and contemporary couples.
Book 3 in the Pink Carnation series follows a similar format to the rest of the series: in the Napoleonic era, girl meets boy, boy and girl say variations of "oh dear lord, hell no", boy goes off to spy, girl gets mixed up in spying, rescues occur, as do mixed identities, slip-ups, and general confusion, all with a romantic (but not cloyingly so) streak and a fair bit of wit and teasing. In the modern era, our intrepid discoverer of all these past events is befuddled with her own bit of mixups,...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, #2)
  • Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia, #2)
  • Beneath a Silent Moon (Charles & Mélanie Fraser #2)
  • When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr, #7)
  • Vienna Waltz (Charles & Mélanie Fraser #3)
  • The Huntress (The Dark Queen Saga, #4)
Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard befor...more
More about Lauren Willig...
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1) The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation, #2) The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation, #4) The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation, #5) The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)

Share This Book

“There's nothing so attractive as a blank slate. Take one attractive man, slap on a thick coat of daydream, and voila, the perfect man. With absolutely no resemblance to reality.” 16 likes
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that time moves differently for men.” 4 likes
More quotes…