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Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily #4)

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Set amid the beauty and decadence of the Ottoman Empire, Lady Emily's latest adventure is full of intrigue, treachery, and romance.

Looking forward to the joys of connubial bliss, newlyweds Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves, diplomats of the British Empire, set out toward Turkey for an exotic honeymoon. But on their first night in the city, a harem girl is found murdered, str
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
This is the first book of this series I've actually reviewed since I read the others before joining Goodreads, but that hasn't stopped me from recommending them all over the place! I'm just glad to finally be able to review one with events fresh on my mind.

In this book more than the others, Emily reminded me of Amelia Peabody (and I can't think of a higher compliment!). Even silly things put me in mind to the series by Elizabeth Peters-like the use of the word "ablutions". In any case, Emily's c
I found myself repeatedly sighing out loud and rolling my eyes at the ridiculous, unlikely, unbelievable and melodramatic events and dialogue throughout this mediocre murder mystery.

I know Tasha Alexander can do better. She created wonderful characters in Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves in 'And Only to Deceive' and she continued to develop their relationship in 'A Poisoned Season'. I thought both books were wonderful and I would recommend either of them to any one who enjoys good historical fic
Sep 10, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yukari Watanabe
Jul 24, 2009 Yukari Watanabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical mystery with a bit of romance is my kind of guilty pleasure. And "Lady Emily Mysteries" is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I especially loved the last one, "A Fatal Waltz". It was thrilling as a mystery, and the romance between Emily and Colin was part of mystery which kept me wondering until the end. After such a satisfying conclusion, I couldn't help worrying about the 4th book becoming boring.
What would Emily and Colin do after they get married?

Well, I am glad to tell you th
First Sentence: It is always a mistake to underestimate the possibilities of a train compartment.

Newly-married Lady Emily and Colin Hargraves are off to Constantinople for their honeymoon. On their way there, they meet a fellow Englishman with a tragic past who has lived there for years. Many years’ prior, he and his family had been attacked while camping. His wife was murdered and his 3-year-old daughter kidnapped. He now finds his daughter again: grown, living in a harem and murdered.

This is a
Sep 08, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad that Lady Emily and Colin have returned to my life, especially in my city of fantasy--Constantinople. I loved the development of the relationship between the honeymooning couple, especially as they each came to see that their actions worried the other. I also really loved the glimpses of the historic city as it was before WWI, and the way of life that was their way for generations.

Thanks, Tasha, for another great installment. How long must we wait for another grand adventure? Will t
Sep 30, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not her best, but still entertaining enough for beach reading.
Sep 18, 2009 Shanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even on her honeymoon with the dashing Colin Hargreaves Lady Emily can't resist becoming involved in solving the murder of a concubine at the Sultan's palace in the exotic Ottoman empire. To complicate matters, Lady Emily thinks she may be pregnant and struggles with losing her freedom to a husband who may become overprotective in this situation.

While I loved the first line of this book,

"It is always a mistake to underestimate the possibilities of a train comaprtment",

the rest just fell flat f
Nov 09, 2009 Jacqie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tasha Alexander is still coming along as a writer, but I enjoy escaping into Victorian times with Lady Emily and her Colin. In this book, a honeymoon in Constantinople is interrupted by intrigue. There was a lot of lovey-doveyness, but hey, it was a honeymoon, after all. Constantinople may have been the best character in the book; it came to life with all its sights, sounds, and smells. Most of what I enjoyed about the book was seeing Constantinople through Lady Emily's eyes. The mystery was not ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Kathryn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The cover of this book is beautiful and certainly begs you to pick up the book and look inside! I won this book through a First Reads giveaway and can't wait to get it and to read it.
Let me say that the main reason I keep reading Tasha Alexander's books is that I feel she takes particular care with her main character's ability to have complicated emotions. What keeps me coming back for more, quite frankly, is not the mystery part of her plot (which is often a bit coincidental and is always quite complicated -- though that's not always a bad thing). It's only sometimes the historical setting (oddly, I preferred her ability to convey a sense of time and place in her earlier wo ...more
Wow, NOT my favorite of the series, obviously. The first problem I had was the number of coincidences that lead up to Colin and Emily investigating the murder of a harem girl in Constantinople--the entire way they get involved just seemed completely unbelievable to me. And then it also felt obvious to me from the start who the real culprit was, which made it frustrating to have to sit through an entire book waiting for Emily to FINALLY get to the same conclusion, especially when she completely m ...more
Mar 06, 2011 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I'm becoming very disillusioned with this series. Lady Emily, who started out as such a smart and thoughtful person, has devolved into a selfish me-me-me! who can't seem to realize that she isn't going to get life exactly as she wants it. I was so disgusted with her for most of this book that I really didn't want to finish it. And the solution to her dilemma was convenient to say the least.
The mystery here wasn't involving. In this one, I figured out whodunit shortly after the murderer arrived
May 22, 2011 Terrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will tell you nothing!... here's a secret.
I will tell you nothing more!... here's another secret.
I've said too much, I cannot say more!... here's another secret.

These kinds of conversations led me to skim the entire book for the good bits.

Can that be more than annoying? And her antagonist was easy to spot the minute introduced in the story.

She's trying too hard...

Sep 13, 2012 ~Leslie~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-kindle
I have been up and down about this series, mostly because of Lady Emily. I did not like her in the first book, liked her much better in the next two and now that she is married finally to Colin Hargreaves, I don't like her again. It seems as if marriage has sucked the life out of this series. In this story, Colin and Lady Emily are on their honeymoon in Turkey and get involved in a murder investigation that involves a young English woman who was kidnapped as a child and ended up in a harem. Beca ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The settings in this series of books are like characters themselves. This time we are taken to the waning days of the Ottoman empire and treated to descriptions of Constantinople. This is what saved the book for me, as the main character has become a real pain. In the first book, And Only To Deceive, we met a woman who was discovering her own intelligence and aptitude. She was intriguing and likable because she was open to discovering new things about herself and others. Now we have a woman who ...more
In the fourth installment of the Lady Emily mystery series, Tears of Pearl, Tasha Alexander takes us on an exciting journey to Constantinople, where Lady Emily and her now-husband Colin Hargreaves (I’m so glad they finally tied the knot!) attempt to relax on a peaceful honeymoon away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, Lady Emily can’t seem to catch a break, as mystery and suspense seem to have traveled with her (and her luggage) to Constantinople. Following an evening at the oper ...more
Jeanne Mulcahy
Interesting and exotic location and characters, but I liked her others a bit more. I did get a bit annoyed with her whining about her independence and I really did not need to hear so much about her digestive distress.
So far Lady Emily and I have been to England, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
We're going to France next!
I hate to say it, but after enjoying the first three books very much, this was a let down and a bit of a disappointment. I think this was partly due to the setting - the Ottoman Empire of the Victorian era; not a culture that holds a lot in interest for me. Unfortunately, the lead characters, Lady Emily and her new husband, Colin Hargreaves, were also disappointing.

Lady Emily is still set on maintaining her independence and becoming a partner to her husband in investigations and service to thei
Feb 21, 2016 CatBookMom marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Feb 2016 - I rather liked the first 3 books, but this one just seemed to drag. Maybe I'll try it again.
There's nothing really wrong with this series, but it's just not clicking for me. I wanted to try at least one book (view spoiler), but I think there's just not enough whatever here for me. Whatever mysterious thing it is that makes a book work for me.

One plotline did bug me in this one. (view spoiler)
They just keep getting better. This one interfered with my sleep.
Dec 15, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Emily and Colin are on their honeymoon in this historical mystery set in Constantinople, Turkey. On the Orient Express they meet an English diplomat who is missing Embassy papers. Arriving at their destination they are invites to watch an opera with the sultan. One of the harem girls is murder. The girl is English who was kidnapped as a child. Colin and Emily are the investigators for England. Emily is allowed in the harem to question the occupants. The story flows smoothly and the characte ...more
Verity W
I do really enjoy this series and having been to Istanbul it was nice to recognise some of the locations. I wasn't hugely keen on all of the plot, and I had the villain pegged quite early on, which is unusual for this series.

Lady Emily and Colin continue to be a delight though - their relationship is so interested and layered.
Morgan Erwin
Jan 13, 2016 Morgan Erwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wasn't the best of the series, but still a fun read.
Most of this book was entirely too coincidental to be even remotely believable, and I was frustrated that I had the murderer (and mystery) figured out pages and pages before our sleuth had even whispered, "...hmmm." It took her FOREVER to clue in. The ending echoed a plot development in one of Raybourn's books, and I was disappointed for the same reason: I wish the author hadn't chosen the easy solution for her character. I would've loved to read more about how a Victorian woman would (could?) b ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit it wasn't my favorite of the books this far into the series, but I don't think it was as terrible as a lot of recent reviewers claimed. It was slightly longer than the previous novels, but lacked the same amount of cluesy-ness as the first three books. There was certainly a good deal of running around and detective work going, but it was mostly in the mind of our heroine. The minor characters were less developed than previous plotlines, though yay for Margaret getting to tag along.
Betty Strohecker
This was a remarkable book, full of suspense from beginning to end. The setting was also intriguing as Colin and Emily take their wedding trip by train to Turkey. Of course they find themselves immediately embroiled in a murder once arriving in Constantinople. This was a great opportunity to see them work together on an investigation, but still have their own separate avenues since the murdered woman was a concubine from the sultan's harem, a place Colin could not enter. Although clues were lead ...more
"I don't think I could survive if anything happened to her. She's been beside me my whole life."
"You would. I'd make you."
"I'm not sure I'd thank you for it."
"You forget how persuasive I can be."

In which Emily is worried about her best friend dying and Colin is slightly creepy. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure he means well...but couldn't he have said how he'd help her through it instead of 'I will make you survive'? Also, two lines later they are talking about their sex-life again in that cutesy Vi
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Tasha Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Emily series and the novel ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she studied English and Medieval History. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago an ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lady Emily (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
  • A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, #2)
  • A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily, #3)
  • Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily, #5)
  • A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily, #6)
  • Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily, #7)
  • Behind the Shattered Glass (Lady Emily, #8)
  • The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)
  • The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10)
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