While dining with his paramour Lady Spencer interesting touch and the chocolate dessert is the suspected culpritEnter Alessandro De uincy the Earl of Saybrook chosen to investigate because the chocolate dessert is the suspected culpritEnter Alessandro De uincy the Earl of Saybrook chosen to investigate because his knowledge of chocolate It takes Saybrook ittle time to discover Arianna s subterfuge and soon approaching danger spurs him to get Arianna "Away From Lady Spencer "from Lady Spencer The Earl devises a plan giving Arianna a new identity designed to get her into the inner circle of the Ton where she encounters some of the men she holds responsible for her father s deathThere are many twists and turns in this story and while Arianna and Alessandro are attracted to each other the romance takes a back seat the the mystery The final encounter will have you unable to stop reading until the final page The characters are well written and you can easily see the scenes in your mind s eye A very well done first installmentthe teaser of book two promises another great story Clever mystery featuring an unconventional heroine as well as ots of chocolate Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, lore and recipesIiked our two main characters Lady Arianna and Sandro de uincy Earl of Saybrook I found the mystery twisty with a very clever and unusual scheme at its core There are some nicely fleshed out secondary characters especially Saybrook s doctor friend Baz and the Machiavellian government minister GrenthamI m Pages From Bee Journal looking forward to the next book Pros Arianna had a strong personality I find that readers are often told that a historical fiction heroine is strong when they don t act that way uite a few of the standard regency novel tropes are avoided or subverted Chocolate appreciation The mystery had intriguing elements which I didn t guessCons Purple prose Every dialogue was a witty repartee and after awhile it became exhausting to read You can have too much of a good thing Real people don t always have time to come up with a clever answer especially in the heat of an argument Too much chocolate appreciation Iove chocolate but once again you can have too much of a good thing Although I Stones of Witness like cooking I found the recipes boring not to my taste Romance for the sake of romance without much chemistryI recommend Sorcery Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot Cecelia and Kate 1 by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer Lady Arianna Hadley has been exiled in the Caribbean for years due to her father s disgrace When he father is murdered Arianna vows to get revenge Yearsater Arianna is finally in the position to exact her revenge and disguises herself as a male chef in an English household However when the Prince Regent falls ill after eating from her table Arianna finds herself under suspicion bringing her plans for revenge to a haltThe half Spanish Earl of Saybrook Alessandro De uincy is called in to investigate the apparent poisoning by Et in exchange for help in tracking down the real culprit As their search takes them from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St Giles it becomes clear that someone is ooking to plunge England into chaos and Arianna and Saybrook to the bottom of the Thames. ,
Read Sweet Revenge A Lady Arianna Regency MysteryThis was a fun Regency historical mystery Fairly predictable I still really enjoyed it and it was a uick read This is one that I think Regency fans would enjoy and it s a shame of them don t know about it There s not much romance s a shame of them don t know about it There s not much romance far but it Lots of Mommies looksike that might change in the next book The Regency flavor is there thoughI have to say all of the chocolate descriptions and recipes made my mouth water and may have influenced my rating Yum I m off to eat some truffles Super into this book It s been sitting on my kobo for months and I finally picked it up I really really enjoy how Andrea Penrose sets up her plots and characters This is particularly excellent It s a good example of two characters who don t uite fit into traditional society finding each other I really enjoy how Arianna and Saybrook complement each other and both are uite competent They work as both adversaries and then allies Plus the supporting cast and dialogue are strong and there s ots of discussion of chocolateVery much a fan While I have enjoyed her romances written as Cara Elliott this was my First Time Reading One Of time reading one of mysteries It was a delight and I will definitely be back for And as an added bonus not only is there a good story but each chapter starts with a delicious chocolate themed recipeAs the book begins we earn that Lady Arianna Hadley has disguised herself as a male French chef working in the home of a Fantasy Man lady known to entertain aristocrats and even the Prince Regent himself She is on a uest to discover who murdered her father an aristocrat who was forced to flee to the Caribbean in disgraceThe sudden illness of the Prince Regent following one of Arianna s unusual desserts brings trouble to the house including the Earl of Saybrook a chocolate aficionado The initial verbal sparring between Arianna and Saybrook is highly engaging and when it becomes obvious that Arianna is in grave danger the two must flee Arianna abandons her male disguise and can move fairly freely I was happily surprised how much I adore Lady Arianna s mystery Sweet Revenge With a mix of cozy and hard political mystery and a dash of romance the book was a great mix that was hard to put down Unlike other cozies and mysteries it s told in third person then the popular first person This gives you a better understanding of all the players in the game From the main characters Arianna and Saybrook to the villains I found the characters to very appealing almost at times putting the mystery to shame Arianna is out to get revenge for the death of her father by the hands of his so called friends Hard shelled and at times hard headed Arianna at times is a hard character to trulyike due to her actions and keeping clues back from the case Arianna grew up knowing and seeing others make pawns of people playing with the. England 1813 Lady Arianna Hadley’s desire to discover her father’s murderer has found her acting the part of a French chef in one of London’s aristocratic households But when the Prince Regent is taken ill after consuming Arianna’s special chocolate dessert she fin. Ir ives and trust very
Hard To Her But Ariannato her but Arianna the grace to know when she s been acting dumb and childish and when to finally et the barriers down I oved Saybrook a mix of gentleman and crafty fox He holds to his own morals that are true and knows how to play the game without being an asshat but willing to get his hands dirty if need be He tries to help Arianna out and at times wants to ock her up and dirty if need be He tries to help Arianna out and at times wants to Lock Her Up And Away The Key her up and away the key to keep her safe he understands her way of thinking better then she does He goes out to prove there are good people out to Arianna and slowly breaks down the barriers that Arianna has around her while having her drag him out of his own personal hell he put himself in Everything between them is a believable with a slow build in their relationship While the crime and mystery bring these two together it s their Divine Magnetic Lands love of cooking and chocolate that bind them even closer Penrose added the cozy element at the beginning of each chapter with a delicious chocolate recipe and aittle snippet from Saybrook s grandmother s diary These sometimes have a small clue or a foreshadowing The rich history had me reading of the financial swindle that played a big part of the story the author did an amazing job of interweaving everything so nicely that the book was a perfect balance Plus had my sweet tooth crying to try one or two of the recipes History Mystery Chocolate and Romance Sweet Revenge had everything that made this a very sweet keeper Maybe I m not enough of a chocolate fan In fact I m not much of a sweets person I had a friend back in school though who confessed that she buys pounds of chocolates every week and inhales them So there are apparently people who are addicted to chocolate If these people are Frog and the Treasure looking for a chocolate cookbook that happens to also have a historical whodunit in it they might enjoy this bookThe chocolate recipes and historical tidbits would perhaps have worked better if they were shorter and placed at the end of the chapter in ebook form In paper form the recipes would be great at the beginning and easy to find In ebook format it s tedious But that s not the author s faultMa Meh Iike historical mysteries but while the research is clear in this one there is also a messiness about how the characters think and act that made it not work for me I picked up this book after skimming the back covermurder mystery AND chocolate sign me upLady Arianna Hadley s had a rough The Butterfly Club lifetraveling to the West Indies with her father after his banishment from England she grew up withittle money and then Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors lost her father when he was murdered She gets back to England with the determination to find the scoundrels behind her father s downfall and murder Posing as a French chef Arianna is staying under the radar until the Prince becomes ill. Ds herself at the center of a dangerous scandal Because of his expertise in chocolate the Earl of Saybrook Alessandro De uincy is the ideal candidate to investigate this crime When the Earl’s intuitioneads to Arianna’s exposure she convinces Saybrook to keep her secr.