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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

by Lauren Willig

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Series: Pink Carnation (11)

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Sally Fitzhugh, is still unclaimed on the Marriage Mart in her second season, so when she discovers that the long-lost Duke of Belliston has returned she is determined to find out if the rumors of his being a vampire are true.

Lucien, Duke of Beliston, left home when he was fifteen after the death of his parents. It was said to be a murder/suicide and no one paid attention when he said that they must have been murdered. He left to go to America where he stayed with an aunt in New Orleans. But he now feels that it is time to find who killed his parents.

To relieve her boredon with the season, Sally pairs herself with Lucien to find the murderer and they prove that Lucien is no vampire. ( )
  cyderry | Feb 19, 2019 |
There were several things about this 11th entry in the Pink Carnation that I didn't care for:

*the connection between the historical and contemporary sections was much weaker than in previous books in the series

*the solution to the mystery was exceedingly obvious (I figured it out at about 1/4 the way through)

*too many instances of repetition (saying basically the same thing within the same chapter, sometimes only a sentence or two after saying it for the first time); felt like very poor quality filler

One plus: although Sally & her Duke exchanged a few hot kisses, there was no premarital sex. Sally & Belliston have a much more believable romance than many of the previous ones... ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 7, 2018 |
This was Hist and Lit, after all. If you couldn’t work the term “liminal” into your tutorial, you were doing it wrong.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 7)

What was it about the word “fine” that always makes it sound quite the contrary? As if “fine” were a synonym for “altogether crappy and thank you for not inquiring further.”
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 139)

Don’t worry… I have a very high tolerance for insanity. It runs in my family.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 166)

…but Sally had a hard time imagining the playwright as a cold-blooded killer. On the other hand, a man who would rewrite Shakespeare would shrink from nothing.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 185)

“Didn’t someone once say that the simplest solution is usually the best?”
“Yes, a person with no imagination.” Miss Fitzhugh discarded Occam’s razor without a qualm. “The simplest solution is merely the path of least resistance. It doesn’t mean it’s right.”
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 201)

Some lost causes were noble; others were just lost.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 294)

Considerably soaked in gin, but if vino brought veritas, then gin was a veritable fountain of truth.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 342)

I guess no one ever likes to see the ex. And goodness only knew what Grant had told her about me. My guess was that it was along the standard “she doesn’t understand me” lines. Which usually means that the other person understood you all too well.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 353)

Goodness, it was exhausting living in her head.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 364)

He didn’t want to think of love. Love was terrifying. Love made you vulnerable. Love hurt.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 380)

…and then felt even worse, because she was arguing with a stoat, for heaven’s sake. And everyone knew that stoats were just a whisper away from weasels, and you could never win an argument with a weasel, because they were just too slippery.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 389)

“He hasn’t been in shackles; he’s been in the colonies.” Which some people might regard as the same thing, but that was another matter.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 399)

“It isn’t strictest confidence—it’s slander. Next you’re going to tell me Lucien has been sacrificing chickens,” said Sally in disgust. “Not that they wouldn’t deserve it, nasty, clucking things.”
Sir Matthew fixed her with a stern gaze. “Do you dare to joke of this matter?”
Sally met him eye to eye. She wasn’t afraid anymore. She was too angry to be afraid. “I never joke about chickens.”
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla p 399-400)

Like Romeo and Juliet…I’ve never understood why everyone loves that play so. The hero and heroine are annoying and the ending is depressing.
--Lauren Willig (The Mark of the Manzanilla p 421) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Nov 15, 2017 |
It is October of 1806 and Sally Fitzhugh, in her second Season, is bored with the social life she is living. When she hears that the long-lost Duke of Belliston has resurfaced and society is sure he is a vampire, she decides to investigate. Sally is a wonderful character. She is managing but has a heart of gold. She only interferes when she has someone's best interests in mind.

Lucien, Duke of Beliston, is in need of some interference. He left home when he was fifteen after his parents died in what was rumored to be a murder-suicide with his mother killing his father and then herself. He was twelve when it happened and no one would pay any attention when he said that they must have been murdered. He has come back to England after bumming around the Caribbean for a couple of years and then spending some years with an aunt in New Orleans. He is determined to find the person who murdered his parents.

However, that person is equally determined to get Lucien out of the way. His first attempt is to have Lucien discovered hovering over the body of a young woman who appears to have been killed by a vampire. Sally foils that attempt.

As she and Lucien investigate the young woman they find suspicious ties with Lucien's cousin Hal. Somehow the idea that the Black Tulip has made a reappearance excites the interest of Turnip, Lizzy Reid, Agnes Wooliston, and Mrs. William Reid, the former Miss Gwen who is now more famous as a Gothic novelist.

This one was full of wit and romance. I still want to know why Sally has such a prejudice against chickens. I loved the relationship that grew between Sally and Lucien who certainly had no intention of falling in love.

In the current storyline, it's near Halloween and Colin is coming for a visit with Eloise in Cambridge. Eloise is also presenting what she has of her dissertation to her adviser. Both of them are realizing that they aren't doing well apart but neither knows how they can be together when his life in at Selwick Hall and hers is in Cambridge.

This series keeps getting better and better. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 14, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 045141473X, Paperback)

NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED!

In the latest Pink Carnation novel from national bestselling author Lauren Willig, rumors spreading among the ton turn deadly as a young couple unites to solve a mystery....

 
In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious Duke.
 
Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He’s returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents’ deaths, which hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation—until a woman is found dead in Richmond. Her blood drained from her throat.
 
Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won’t kill this duke—not if Sally has anything to say about it.
 
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"In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious duke. Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He has returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents' death, which hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation--until a woman is found dead in Belliston Square, her blood drained from her throat. Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won't kill this duke--not if Sally has anything to say about it. "--… (more)

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