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...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Barb
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...more
LJ
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...more
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...more
Yukari
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...more
Lara
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
Katie
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)...more
kari
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...more
~Leslie~
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
Jacqie
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
Shannon
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Carolyn
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
Shanda
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...more
Alana
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
Kim
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
Babs
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...more
Carrie
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...more
Angela Powell
I'm really wavering between 3 and 4 stars which frustrates me since this series is my new favorite thing. Here's the wavering reasons:
When a couple in a series get married, the sparkle and shine seems to go away. I like the idea of Colin and Emily, especially since he's treating her as an equal and allows her to continue her mystery solving, but I always loved the 'what if's' in the last three books. What if she stays independently single in Victorian society? What if Jeremy sticks around a litt...more
Laura Carter
This was probably my favorite Lady Emily book so far. The plot was excellent, the location exotic, and the characters were interesting and ambiguous. All throughout the book my opinion changed on who the bad guy was, how the mystery would be solved, and what would happen. I enjoyed the relationship between Colin and Emily in this book, although I'm not sure that even someone as imaginarily perfect as Colin would have been so agreeable to Emily going off alone in a foreign city in this time perio...more
Brianna
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Terrie
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...

Shannon Knight
Do you ever read reviews of a book and wonder if the person who wrote the review actually read the book? I kept reading reviews of this Lady Emily volume that insisted she had turned suddenly into a "damsel in distress" in constant need of rescue, and I was rather dreading being disappointed in my new favorite heroine. But those reviews couldn't be more wrong. Lady Emily is adjusting to being newly married and the changes in her relationship with Colin that marriage must bring. She's also feelin...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!
Kathryn
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.
Lauren
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Bonnie
I should have read the afterword by the author before I read the book as that might have made me feel better about it. The afterword is why I'm giving it three stars instead of two. I simply didn't find it believable. I found it incredible that Lady Emily was given so much freedom in questioning the ruler of another country as well as his mother and other prominent women. The afterword does explain that another Englishwoman visited in the harem and met with these ladies. That made me feel a bit...more
Jennifer
Not her best, but still entertaining enough for beach reading.
Christine Page
A friend recommended Tasha Alexander's books to me. Tears of Pearl is my favorite so far. It takes place in Constantinople (Istanbul) and the reader has a tour of the city. Visiting Istanbul three years ago, I was able to visualize where Emily and Colin were in the city and view the palaces as they were years ago. Her experience at the Turkish bath was similar to mine except not as part of a harem. My only negative was Emily and Colin losing the baby and hoping they would have another chance at...more
Chelsea Roston
With every book, I have found Lady Emily less and less likeable. Purely for her selfishness in wanting her independency. She seems to not realize that if she wants her marriage to be a partnership than she, too, will have to make allowances. She cannot constantly insist on Colin to change himself when she is not willing to change herself. It just seemed to get worse. She is highly self-involved for someone who claims to be otherwise.

I love strong female characters and, naturally, they shall have...more
Elisabeth
I have to admit, I'm on the side of this book not being as good as the first few. I definitely enjoyed the descriptions of Constantinople--very colorful and exotic. But at the same time, I'm reading this for the mystery, not the setting. I feel like these books all seem to work better when set closer to or in London. And while there's already some expectation of willing suspension of disbelief in this series (I'm sure there's no way Lady Emily would really be able to maintain her social status i...more
Pamela
Alexander continues to improve in the fourth Lady Emily (but still, again, has a ways to go). This installment finds our oft-anachronistic heroine on her honeymoon (spoiler for those who haven't read the other books...sorry) in Constantinople but not on vacation from sleuthing. Mystery, it seems, has followed her there and makes its first appearance before she has even alighted from the Orient Express, when an aging British diplomat suspiciously falls ill--an overdose of sedatives--and has some...more
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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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