Teaser Tuesday: the Duke of Belliston

Since posting about Pink XI, The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, many of you have asked me why the Duke of Belliston sounds so familiar.

You’re not imagining things. Although we haven’t met the Duke of Belliston, we have heard about him before, way, way back in Pink II, The Masque of the Black Tulip (because you never know when some minor mention in the Pink books is going to pop back up!).

Lord Vaughn’s home is situated on the square named after the Belliston family, of which Belliston House is by far the largest house in the square (which you know just annoys Lord Vaughn no end). All we know about our duke, as of Black Tulip, is that he’s reclusive and never comes to London. Miles assumes it’s because the Duke is a sporting type who spends all of his time in the country.

Miles gets it all wrong.

(If it had been Henrietta’s internal monologue in Black Tulip, she would have been better informed. Because our Henrietta doesn’t like to let anything slip past her.)

We’re about to find out why the Duke of Belliston is so reclusive. And it has nothing to do with country pursuits….


  1. Sue G on September 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Sally Fitzhugh, a mysterious Duke and vampires?!
    Am hoping Hen, Miles, Lord Vaughn and Turnip have cameo appearances in Pink XI
    Can’t wait until the next Tuesday Teaser!

  2. Sheila on September 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Can hardly wait, but I guess I have to !

  3. Pam on September 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    And I’ll bet Lord Vaughn finds all that Nosferatu nonsense dreadfully tawdry and tiresome (but is perhaps secretly jealous that he was never suspected of being undead). Can’t wait!

  4. Cathy on September 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I’m really hoping Turnip gets to show up in this one!

  5. Ellen S. on September 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    And this isn’t coming out til WHEN? (WAIL!)I love these teasers. I hate these teasers.

  6. Anne Smittle on September 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Its because he has a mad wife tied up at his countryside estate. 🙂

  7. Yvette R on September 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    No! Not tied up … she is locked up in the attic apartments … attended to by sinister family retainers … Also, the attic apartments can only be reached by a hidden passage that few even know exist!

    Oh, wait … you said that it isn’t really a Gothic novel … sorry, I got carried away ..

  8. Lynne on September 11, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Lauren, you’re teasing us again! Stop it. I’m just into Purple Plumeria and dealing with Gwen. Can’t be tempted by the next book…well, maybe… Purple is great so far – Miss Gwen is becoming larger than life. A very formidable woman.

  9. Am7 on September 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Miles is very sharp. He’s just better at minding his own business. I would say Henrietta is nosy rather than better informed.

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