While Willig's strong writing shines as always, I felt that this book did not have the usual aplomb of her series. From any other author, it would have been notable, but Willig has made a name for herself in redefining the breezy, humorous regency spy romance. Penelope and Alex are interesting but the extramarital side to their romance turned me off. I also felt that the Indian setting, while portrayed vividly, was not as intriguing as England. All in all, interesting but not my favorite.