Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Sweet Revenge - 1st in the Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery series
Author: Andrea Penrose
Release Date: April 2011
Year/Setting: 1813/London, England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Andrea's Website/Blog: andreapenrose.com
A wonderfully quick and suspenseful story with a really great heroine. And, also many recipes and trivia, using chocolate as a base, that made my mouth water at the beginning of each chapter.
Richard Hadley, left England for Jamaica with his daughter Arianna to avoid being exposed as a cheat. For a few years they moved around the islands as Richard became increasingly taken over by the demon rum. In 1812 Richard was murdered and his daughter discovered that one of his morally offensive business partners killed her dad. She then vows vengeance and posing as a male French Chef, obtains a position, as a chef, to Lady Spencer.
Her employer knows men who were part of a group that her late father belonged to. Arianna keeps an eye on these aristocrats as she believes one of them is the killer. However, before she gets very far with her investigation, the Prince Regent is poisoned after eating one of Arianna's desserts. She is, of course, innocent but most people want her hanged. Leading the official inquiry is the Earl of Saybrook, Allessandro deQuincy, who sees through her masquerade as a man and considers exposing her as a fraud. Instead, they team up as he introduces her as a distant relation. As they partner up to solve the assassination attempt, danger mounts as someone wants both of them dead, especially her.
The Earl and Arianna go on a search that takes them from the swank ballrooms of Mayfair to the gritty slums of St. Giles. Obviously, someone is looking to send England into chaos and confusion and the two detectives to the bottom of the river. A great read taking place in Regency England. Enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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