Things to Read While Waiting for PURPLE PLUMERIA

Just a little over a month until The Passion of the Purple Plumeria arrives in stores!

But what to read while waiting? Here are some ideas:

— Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody books (historical mystery), which also feature a sharp-tongued, parasol wielding heroine (start with Crocodile on the Sandbank);

— ditto Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate (historical paranormal/steampunk), starting with Soulless;

— Bee Ridgway’s Regency and modern historical/time travel/mystery/romance blend, The River of No Return, which features a vast conspiracy, an enviable hero, and a heroine of whom Miss Gwen would very much approve;

— Kate Ross’s brilliant Regency-set mystery novels, Cut to the Quick, A Broken Vessel, Whom the Gods Love, and The Devil in Music (I rather wonder what Miss Gwen would make of Julian Kestrel);

— along similar lines, C.S. Harris’s Regency-set St. Cyr mysteries, starting with What Angels Fear;

— for madcap spy fun in the historical romance genre, Jessica Benson’s The Accidental Duchess and Julia Quinn’s How to Marry a Marquis;

— and, of course, the traditional swashbucklers, like Rafael Sabatini’s French Revolution-set adventure, Scaramouche and Baroness Orczy’s demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

What would you recommend as a stop-gap for Miss Gwen’s book?

(To help bridge the gap, I’ll be posting a new excerpt from The Passion of the Purple Plumeria here on the News page tomorrow!)

(Apologies– there’s a revised plan. My schedule got a little jumbled, so I’ll be posting an excerpt from Purple Plumeria next Tuesday, 7/9, instead. Stay tuned!)


  1. Jessica S. on July 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I just started reading Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham and just finished Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, so I’m going to say, anything by anyone named Lauren?

    Also, since you and Ms. Weisberger are blonde New Yorkers with the same birthday, I’ve never been convinced you’re not the same person…you’re both even LW…just saying.

  2. Jessica S. on July 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

    PS I am, at least, convinced that you and Lauren Graham are different people.

  3. Emily on July 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Laurie R. King’s Beekeeper’s Apprentice (start of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series)

  4. Christine on July 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I finished reading The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber, and didn’t realize that it was the first book in a series until the last chapter. It’s along the lines of Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn – titled young woman with a deceased dolt of a husband solves mysteries with a handsome gentleman. It was pretty good.

  5. HJ on July 2, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Just saw this and thought immediately of Miss Gwen – the womanly art of parasol self-defence:

  6. Laurel on July 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    A wonderful list of books! As a librarian just back from the ALA Annual Conference, I must share that I got an ARC of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (squee!) and am psyched about reading it. 🙂

    • Lauren on July 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Yay! I hope you enjoy– and that you had a great time at ALA!

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