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***Lord Tony's Wife

by Baroness Orczy

Reviewed September 18, 2002.
Buccaneer Books, Cutchogue, New York, 1917.  319 pages.

Here’s another swashbuckling Scarlet Pimpernel book.  They’re old-fashioned, but they are good, clean fun.  I’m enjoying reading one every few months.

I admit that I’m getting used to the formula.  It’s a little bit like the old Batman TV show set during the French Revolution:  The good guy gets captured.  Instead of dispatching him or her with a quick bullet, the bad guy devises an evil plot to humiliate the good guy and capture and humiliate the Scarlet Pimpernel as well.  The Scarlet Pimpernel, with astounding cleverness and a few marvelous disguises, foils the bad guy’s plot.

Yes, it’s predictable.  I can now figure out the Scarlet Pimpernel’s disguises fairly early.  Still, it’s a lot of fun, and I recommend these books to those who enjoy a good, old-fashioned sentimental adventure.  Be sure to read the first book, The Scarlet Pimpernel, before reading any of the others.  She wrote a whole bunch of them, and I’m delighted that someone has brought them back into print.

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