Pink Carnation Recap: EMERALD RING

Hello, Pink III, The Deception of the Emerald Ring!

Who: Letty Alsworthy and Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe
Where: England and Ireland
When: Summer, 1803
What: Rebellion is brewing in Ireland, but Geoff is on the case—along with his accidental bride.
Historical Cameos: Robert Emmett

Fun fact: Emerald Ring was the result of my TAing a class on the Second British Empire back in my third year of grad school, while I was working on Pink I. When we got to Emmett’s attempted insurrection, I couldn’t help thinking it would be the perfect backdrop for a book about Geoff. If I ever got to write a book about Geoff….

My favorite scene? One word: chickens. You know what I mean.

(For a wonderful representation of my favorite scene, constructed out of sugary treats, check out the Pink Carnation Peep Diorama gallery.)

What’s your favorite scene from The Deception of the Emerald Ring?

p.s. All these snazzy cards you’ve been seeing at the bottom of these posts are courtesy of Sharlene, who made them by picking her favorite snippet from each book. I have my own favorite bits, but I love seeing which moments/lines leap out at other people….


  1. Karen H on July 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Yes! Chickens! And also the chase scene.

  2. Sue G on July 19, 2013 at 10:29 am


  3. Dara on July 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

    As much as I love the chickens, my favorite is the trip to the church and the crypt. Watching Letty try to keep up with who is pretending to be who all around her is just too much fun.

    This book has one of my all time favorite lines from the whole series in in, and I can’t think of the exact quote off the top of my head, but when Letty and Jane are disguised to visit Vaughn and Letty says something about “the should have given her a cannon. She could put it on a leash and drag it behind her.” I laugh out loud every single time I read it.

  4. Alice on July 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

    The end, where Miss Gwen lights the fuse. Totally in her element. Also the crypt scene with Jane acting like a total bubble brain and Vaughn at his sarcastic best.

  5. Jessica S. on July 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I like the scene after the opera, when Geoff realizes he’s been an idiot, then Jane and Miss Gwen come home and they try to talk about the mission while Geoff is looking down Letty’s bodice…

    My specific favorite bit is when Letty put 8 lumps of sugar in her coffee and earns Geoff’s admiration for that being her only outward sign of turmoil. Beautifully written, and the sugar bit is hilarious.

  6. Betty S. on July 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    This is one of my favorite Pink books. I love all of Geoff’s and Letty’s interactions, starting with highjacking the elopement coach. Especially like the sugar and crypt scenes.

    These graphics/cards are simply wonderful. How about more mugs? For each book?

  7. Jeffrey on July 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This one got off to a slam-bang start when Letty steps out of the carriage that was supposed to be her sister Mary on an elopement. The horror and shock as Geoffrey wonders how Mary’s body type had somehow undergone radical changes overnight! Zap! You’re instantly compromised, Letty…

  8. Yvette R on July 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love the chickens! The thing that I always think about when I start reading this book is that the beginning always reminds me of Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub. Am I right in thinking that it isn’t a coincidence?

  9. Laura on July 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Still my favorite! The chicken scene is great! I love that Miss Gwen has a parasol sword – where can someone get one of those? They can’t be all that common.

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