The Elusive Pimpernel

The Elusive Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

As much as I enjoy this series, I actually had a little trouble getting through this book. I kept putting it down in frustration and needing to take breaks from it. Part of that was due to health issues (the more pain I'm in the less patience I have), and the other part had to do with Orczy's repetitive style and the way Marguerite's character was used. I think I would have enjoyed this Scarlet Pimpernel adventure much more than I did if Marguerite hadn't been forced to ignore her instincts and drop several IQ points in order to advance the plot. Twice. Orczy actually shows us the internal struggle and has another character (Chauvelin) surmise that her marriage to Sir Percy must have dulled her wits. Still good cheesy fun, but too much was sacrificed on the altar of writer's convenience.