This is what I’ve been doing instead of writing my next book. It is such an engaging read.

Trawling the Amazon

the not exactly scarlet pimpernel

Intelligently written, exciting, suspenseful, pacy, funny, poignant, sigh-inducingly romantic – and clean. What’s not to like?

Aspiring doctoral candidate Ninel (Nina) Pennington is one of five 21st century postgraduate students specialising in aspects of French Revolution history.  To secure a place in the already overloaded supervision programme of the star professor in their chosen field, the professor decrees the five have to fight it out in a virtual reality role-playing re-enactment of The Scarlet Pimpernel.  If they can, they have to subvert the story to ensure their survival.  The two left standing win the two available places.

The Scarlet Pimpernel with a pinch of Georgette Heyer – what could possibly go wrong?   Sadly, having endured the frequently execrable purple prose of Baroness Orczy herself more than once for love of Sir Percy Blakeney, and having sampled a few modern offerings that claim to be in the style of…

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