Not to be confused with the Blob, which is a different beast entirely. Someone pointed out to me recently that, in all the Mistletoe excitement, I’ve been remiss in posting the usual info on the following book in the Pink series, The Orchid Affair.
Chronologically, The Orchid Affair takes place at the same time as Night Jasmine– but over on the other side of the Channel, where the Pink Carnation and her League are doing their best to thwart Napoleon’s dastardly plans.
So, without further ado, the Official Blurb:
Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte’s minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura’s mission is to report any suspicious findings. At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen—secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought. . . . As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it’s too late?
You can find the first chapter of The Orchid Affair here….