The early reviews are starting to come in for The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (aka Pink X)– and Miss Gwen is gloating.

Here’s the verdict:

Library Journal (starred review): “This tenth bloom to be added to Willig’s popular series is just as fresh and satisfying as any of the other flowers in the best literary bouquet ever created! Fans can rejoice in finding the outstanding features they’ve come to count on: intriguing historical details, double-crossing deceptions, complex characters, and plenty of romance. Readers will be pleased to discover a more mature couple featured within the historical portion of the story, the wink-wink humor of Miss Gwen’s gothic novel, and the continued progression of our beloved contemporary couple.”

Booklist (starred review): “With delectable wit and a deft hand at imaginative plotting, Willig expertly matches up the redoubtable, parasolwielding Gwen (truly a kindred spirit to Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody) with the perfect hero. The result is a completely captivating tale that fans of this long-running series—10 books and counting—will cherish.”

Kirkus: “The 10th in Willig’s witty series about Napoleanic-era spies… is acerbic, arch, and funny.”

RT Book Reviews: “…another well-crafted, engaging thriller.”

Miss Gwen swears that she did not, in fact, threaten any reviewers at parasol-point.

Only a little over a month until The Passion of the Purple Plumeria hits the shelves!

To read an excerpt, click here. For information on how to order a signed/personalized copy, click here.


  1. Stef on June 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Almost all the trades! CONGRATZ!

  2. jeffrey on June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Currently about 30% through my copy. Review forthcoming at on Aug 7th.
    Must bite tongue to refrain from comments!

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