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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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I was disappointed with Tasha Alexander's Tears of Pearl. It simply doesn't compare well with previous adventures of Lady Emily and Colin Hargraves in Paris, London and Vienna. Even though they are now married, this is not the source of my disillusionment since romance in this series was always at the background.

This time we are taken to the declining Ottoman empire, and what saves the story is the dream like descriptions of Constantinople. The crimes and mysteries that the pair of protagonists
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
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
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
Mar 05, 2011 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
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
Yukari Watanabe
Jul 22, 2009 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
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 09, 2009 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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Polovina i ne mogu da nastavim. Sviđala mi se, ali jednostavno više nije to-to, priča mi postaje isuviše trivijalna, lepršava, ružičasta, a iskren da budem - spojlovao sam sebi knjigu, pogodio sam ko je ubica, i nisam previše iznenađen. Opisi Istanbula, prostorija, ulica, bašti, skrivenih prodavnica u kaldrmisanim pasažima - sve to je fantastično evociralo duh vremena, zbog toga dajem dve zvezdice.

Ukoliko ste pak naročito zainteresovani za ovo doba (vladavina Abdulhamida II, Otomansko carstvo na
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
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
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
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)
Aug 31, 2009 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
Wasn't the best of the series, but still a fun read.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy Lady Emily Mysteries.
I read Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily #4) by Tasha Alexander out of sequence, but enjoyed it very much anyway. Lady Emily and her new husband, Colin Hargreaves are on their honeymoon on the Orient Express which is taking them to Constantinople. It all sounds so romantic, but upon arrival at the Sultan’s castle, Topkapi, Lady Emily and Colin discover a harem girl has been killed who turns out to be the kidnapped daughter of an English diplomat. Of course, the Hargreaves must help, and Lady Emily gets ...more
Colin and Emily finally tied the knot! About freaking time. But if you think that means they won’t find dead bodies while on their honeymoon, you clearly haven’t read enough lady detective novels! Protip: do not invite these bitches to your house. They will find bodies.

This sends them off to, and here I must use the word, the “exotic” Ottoman Empire. It says it right in the blurb. Yeah. In her defense, it’s not like the author writes the blurb. So I’m going to address the problem that this genre
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3.5 stars
Jul 22, 2017 marked it as never-to-be-finished  ·  review of another edition
J'ai lu les deux premiers tomes de la série avec plaisir (même si pour être honnête, je ne me souviens pas distinctement de l'intrigue du second). Le résumé du troisième ne m'ayant pas convaincue, je suis passé directement à "Tears of Pearl". Outre le style beaucoup moins travaillé, il a quelque chose d'ennuyeux dans l'histoire malgré l'exotisme de l'Empire Ottoman décadent où se situe l'action. J'ai vraiment l'impression que l'auteur s'épuise un peu plus à chaque publication.
Nov 16, 2011 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
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Genre:Fiction/mystery/historical-Victorian) Low 3 stars. Hmm. Again, not my favorite installment in this series. I was a little disappointed. Not bad, just not as good as I would have liked, for several reasons.
This installment follows Lady Emily and her new husband on their honeymoon to Turkey. They immediately stumble into a murder mystery that involves the death of a girl in the sultan's harem who turns out to be the long lost daughter of a British diplomat in the region. His daughter was ki
Sep 16, 2009 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
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
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
Dec 12, 2014 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
❂ Jennifer
I found the whole sultan/harem thing to be a big giant yawn - I've never found this setting romantic or alluring - but I enjoyed the glimpses of Turkish culture and the educated, intelligent women. The mystery was diabolical in motive, but the killer was easily guessed. I love Lady Emily and Colin together. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Morgan Erwin
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 27, 2016 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.
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Lady Emily (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
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