Andrea Penrose: Sweet Revenge A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery



Erved to jar the reader right out of the historical atmosphere that the author did such a good 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 get past the rather flat characters Further I thought the mystery plot came at the xpense 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 Gods and Heroes experienceReview originally published at The Book Adventures 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 intriguinglements which I didn t guessCons Purple prose Every dialogue was a witty repartee and after awhile it became Science, Technology and Culture 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 answerspecially in the heat of an argument Too much chocolate appreciation I love chocolate but once again you can have too much of a good 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 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 No Beast So Fierce especially Saybrook s doctor friend Baz and the Machiavellian government minister GrenthamI m looking forward to the next book While I havenjoyed 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 good story but ach 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 ntertain aristocrats and Last Chance Bride 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 highlyngaging 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 as a woman sin Super into this book It s been sitting on my kobo for months and I finally picked it up I really really Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy enjoy how Andrea Penrose sets up her plots and characters This is particularlyxcellent It s a good Lawman Lover (Outlaws, example of two characters who don t uite fit into traditional society findingach other I really City Girl in Training enjoy how Arianna and Saybrook complementach 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 This was a fun Regency historical mystery Fairly predictable I still really Mystery at Kittiwake Bay enjoyed it and it was a uick read This is one that I think Regency fans wouldnjoy 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 Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files eat some truffles. Et inxchange 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 looking to plunge England into chaos and Arianna and Saybrook to the bottom of the Thames.

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 grew up with little money and then 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 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 get Arianna away from Lady Spencer s The Earl devises a plan giving Arianna a new identity designed to get her into the inner circle of the Ton where she The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, 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 toach other the romance takes a back seat the the mystery The final ncounter will have you unable to stop reading until the final page The characters are well written and you can asily see the scenes in your mind s An Italian Education eye A very well done first installmentthe teaser of book two promises another great story 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 Maybe I m notnough 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 Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code 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 mightnjoy this bookThe chocolate recipes and historical tidbits would perhaps have worked better if they were shorter and placed at the Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, end of the chapter inbook form In paper form the recipes would be great at the beginning and Daddy Wanted easy to find Inbook format it s tedious But that s not 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 truly like due to her actions and keeping clues back from the case Arianna grew up knowing and seeing others make pawns of people playing with their lives and trust very hard to her but Arianna has the grace to know when she s been acting dumb and childish and when to finally let the barriers down I loved 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 lock her up and throw away the key just 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 love of cooking and chocolate that bind them ven closer Penrose add. 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.

Ed the cozy lement at the beginning of Snowy River Man each chapter with a delicious chocolate recipe and a little 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 interweavingverything 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 Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze everything that made this a very sweet keeper Lady Arianna Hadley has beenxiled in the Caribbean for years due to her father s disgrace When he father is murdered Arianna vows to get revenge Years later Arianna is finally in the position to Les brumes d'avalon : roman exact her revenge and disguises herself as a male chef in an English household However when the Prince Regent falls ill afterating 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 Malakai (Wicked Games, 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 wasxpecting 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 The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone expense of fully developed charactersThe novel focuses mainly on the mysterylement 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 great They were both interesting and Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, enigmatic characters I wanted to know about both of them The initial interactions between them werentertaining 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 The Family Plan 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 tension between the characters was good 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 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 never got anyvidence of this So if you re going into this one intrigued by the romantic A Family Practice element to the booksxpect a very toned down romance that is tell than showAnother thing to note is that the author intersperses chocolate recipes at the beginning of A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity 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 Iventually stopped doing The references to modern conveniences in the recipes Ds herself at the center of a dangerous scandal Because of his Celebrity Bachelor 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’sxposure 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