[Pdf New] (Sweet Revenge A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery) AUTHOR Andrea Penrose
Clever mystery featuring an unconventional heroine as well as lots of chocolate lore and recipesI liked 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 overnment minister GrenthamI m 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 Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency guessCons Purple prose Every dialogue was a witty repartee and after awhile it became exhausting to read You can have too much of aood 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 I love chocolate but once again you can have too much of a ood thing Although I 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 et revenge Years later 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 chocolate of the Prince Regent due to Saybrook s his eccentric interest in all things chocolate Saybrook not only discovers that the accused chef is a woman but also that she has a target on her back These reluctant partners have to work together if they hope to discover who truly has it out for the Prince Regent and it just might coincide with Arianna s revenge Sweet Revenge was not as cozy as I was expecting it to be When I first saw the cover I labeled this as your typical cozy mystery it s mystery centers around food after all how complex could it be uite complex as it turns out I was uite surprised by the level of historical detail about both the time period and chocolate as a new substance for consumption in England While all of these detail created an authentic mystery I personally found that it came at the expense of fully developed charactersThe novel focuses mainly on the mystery element both Arianna s investigation into her father s murder and Saybrook s into the poisoning of the Prince Regent At first the dynamic between Arianna and Saybrook was reat They were both interesting and enigmatic characters I wanted to know about both of them The initial interactions between them were entertaining and fraught with tensionHow do you intend to stop me Chain me up in some remote castle dungeon like the dastardly Spanish villain in that silly horrid novel by Mrs Radcliffe Actually Arianna had found the book uite entertaining but that was beside the point Ye mean The Mysteries of Udolpho asked Henning helpfully Yes that s the one she said Montoni was Italian murmured Saybrook Mea culpa retorted Arianna And that is Latin he pointed out You she said slowly are an overeducated aristocratic ass Hemming stifled a snort And you countered Saybrook are a bloody thorn in my lordly posterior p 166While the initial tens. 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.
Pdf New (Sweet Revenge A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery) AUTHOR Andrea Penrose
Le disguise and can move fairly freely as a woman since her previous ruse was largely unknownThe number of mysteries Arianna and Saybrook must solve continues to build and yet they all seem to tie together That was one of the aspects of this book I reatly enjoyed I really liked the lead characters but I also enjoyed seeing how the various threads of plot kept weaving together to build uite a web of intrigueThe book drags at a few spots because the time dedicated to explaining the characters and their world sometimes interrupts the flow of the story However this was a very entertaining read overall and I want to read of the series 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 Dancing with Mr. Darcy great mix that was hard to put down Unlike other cozies and mysteries it s told in third person then the popular first person Thisives you a better understanding of all the players in the Lesca 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 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 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 bereat at the beginning and easy to find In ebook format it s tedious But that s not the author s faultMaybe it was because all the characters seemed like caricatures The book opens up with Ariana posing as Alphonse but right from the beginning her flashbacks in italics are incredibly frustrating and jarring There are flashbacks regarding all sorts of people from h Meh I like 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 lifetraveling to the West Indies with her father after his banishment from England she Sharpes Trafalgar grew up with little money and then lost her father when he was murdered Sheets 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 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 of his knowledge of chocolate It takes Saybrook little time to discover Arianna s subterfuge and soon approaching danger spurs him to Punished get Arianna away from Lady Spencer s The Earl devises a planiving Arianna a new identity designed to His To Protect 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 anotherreat stor. Et in exchange for help in tracking down the real culprit As their search takes them from the littering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St Giles it becomes clear that someone is looking to plunge England into chaos and Arianna and Saybrook to the bottom of the Thames.
Ion between the characters was ood it never really went anywhere The romance or attraction between the characters came second to the mystery plot and because of that I never really Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) got the sense of a real relationship between the two Now you may say But this is only the first book Surely this will change as the series progresses At this point I have read all three books in the series and there is never any real development in Arianna and Saybrook s relationship Readers are simply told that a relationship has developed but I neverot any evidence of this So if you re Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? going into this one intrigued by the romantic element to the books expect a very toned down romance that is tell than showAnother thing to note is that the author intersperses chocolate recipes at the beginning of each chapter in all three books of the series While these recipes are tempting I really felt that they serve to bring the reader out of the historical setting at least if you bother reading them which I eventually stopped doing The references to modern conveniences in the recipes served to jar the reader right out of the historical atmosphere that the author did such aood job of creating Further I didn t really feel that the recipes really added anything important to the story they were simply a distraction for meWhile I like the historical setting of Sweet Revenge and the next two books in the series I couldn t Catwoman get past the rather flat characters Further I thought the mystery plot came at the expense of character development Anything related to the characters seemed to be simply tossed into the book so that the plot could return to the mystery which ultimately let to a disjointed reading experienceReview originally published at The Book Adventures This 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 so far but it looks like 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 aood 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 lots 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 her mysteries It was a delight and I will definitely be back for And as an added bonus not only is there a Baby Legacy (So Many Babies good story but each chapter starts with a delicious chocolate themed recipeAs the book begins we learn that Lady Arianna Hadley has disguised herself as a male French chef working in the home of a 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 inrave danger the two must flee Arianna abandons her ma. 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 intuition leads to Arianna’s exposure she convinces Saybrook to keep her secr.
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Andrea Penrose is the bestselling author of Regency era historical fiction including the acclaimed Wrexford & Sloane mystery series as well as Regency romances written under the names Cara Elliott and Andrea Pickens Published internationally in ten languages she is a three time RITA Award finalist and the recipient of numerous writing awards including two Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Historic