In the ultimate purple Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the nighttime Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the crimson Carnation, groups up with a rogue agent to guard the escaped Queen of Portugal.
Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent referred to as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent often called the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is looking forward to his new touch. He doesn't anticipate to be paired with a woman—especially no longer the mythical crimson Carnation.
All of Portugal believes that the royal relations departed for Brazil previous to the French troops marched into Lisbon. in simple terms the English govt is familiar with that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was once lively away via a gaggle of loyalists decided to rally a resistance. yet because the French garrison scours the nation-state, it’s just a topic of time ahead of she’s stumbled on and taken.
It’s as much as Jane to discover her first and make sure her security. yet she has no wisdom of Portugal or the language. notwithstanding she is loath to confess it, she wishes the Moonflower. working on my own has taught her to recognize her personal barriers. yet she is aware greater than to teach weak point round the Moonflower—an agent with a name for brilliance, an inclination towards insubordination, and a heritage of going rogue.
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As Jane opened her mouth to protest, he stated, “You haven’t met Her Majesty. i've got. the lady is delusional. She’s violent. And specifically, she’s loud. when you get hold of her, you’ll have each French troop in Portugal down on you prior to the Queen can shout, ‘Ai, Jesus! ’ Your project is a fool’s errand. ” “If so,” acknowledged Jane neatly, “why has nobody but came upon her? ” Jack Reid shrugged. “At a bet? Opiates. ” “Ah, sure. Opiates. ” between his different doubtful actions, Jack Reid had as soon as smuggled opium to a rowdy bunch of bored aristocrats whose Hellfire membership had made a super entrance for different unlawful actions, together with a thwarted plot to kidnap the King. “I think you have got a few event of these. ” Jack Reid held out his arms, hands up. “Sorry, princess. I’m out of that line of labor. So until you’ve introduced adequate laudanum to drug an elephant . . . Queen Maria is set the dimensions of 1, and much much less amiable. ” She had barely enough powder within the compartment in her ring to ship a guy deep into drugged shut eye. “That, Mr. Reid, is an opportunity i must take. ” “A likelihood you opt to take, princess. no longer I. ” He favourite her with a benevolent smile that set Jane’s tooth on aspect. “My orders have been basically observational. That’s what they’re paying me for, and that’s what I intend to do. ” “Your orders have changed,” acknowledged Jane sharply. “When Don John bowed to Bonaparte’s strain and exiled the English from Lisbon, he exiled our brokers to boot. You, Mr. Reid, are what's left. For solid or for in poor health. ” “I see. ” He rubbed the again of his neck, a studiedly rustic gesture. “Rare commodities command excessive costs. Do you care to begin the bidding? ” She had identified he used to be a soldier of fortune, however it set Jane’s enamel on facet all of the related. “You’re already being paid. ” “Not for this. ” Jane raised her chin. “I can provide you with the accolades of a thankful kingdom. ” “One can’t devour accolades, princess. Have I dedicated a betise? My apologies. I should have learned that the purple Carnation is above such base matters. Myths sup off moonshine and sip drops of dew. There’s little need to hassle approximately such base and vulgar issues as foodstuff and accommodation. Or pricey robes. ” the robe used to be one of many final of her Paris robes, refurbished by way of her personal hand. the times whilst she had cash to spare for such issues have been long gone. extra sharply than she’d meant, Jane acknowledged, “I shouldn’t have inspiration the fellow who made off with the jewels of Berar may quibble over the extraordinary tuppence. ” “Ah, we come to the purpose. ” Jack Reid seemed her with mingled resignation and remorse. “Shall we abandon this cock-and-bull story of lacking monarchs? If it’s the jewels you’re after, you would like in basic terms say. ” He cocked a forehead. “If you need to appeal them out of me, you could test a bit more durable. ” Jane breathed in deeply via her nostril. She might rarely inform him that she’d held his jewels in her hand, that she knew precisely the place they have been stored. It was once he, in the end, who had prompted her departure from Paris while he had heedlessly, unforgivably despatched the jewels to his sister Lizzy in England, and with them the curiosity of 1 of the deadliest spies in Europe.