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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Revenge, 16 Sep 2011
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This is a historical, cozy mystery, with a history of chocolate and receipes sprinkled throughout the book. Arianna Hadley has come to London from the Caribbean. Her father, Richard Hadley, the Earl of Morse, was forced to leave England because of a scandal and was murdered there, while virtually penniless. Arianna has come to London, looking for revenge. Dressed as a man, she is masquerading as a chef - Monsieur Alphonse - in Lady Spencer's town house. At a dinner party, Arianna presents edible (rather than drinking) chocolate, a new innovation fresh from Paris. It is meant as a special treat for the Prince Regent, but instead poisons him. As the Prince lies ill, the guests are sworn to secrecy and the investigation begins.

Lord Percival Grentham is the senior government minister in Whitehall's War Office, in charge of security in London. He assigns Alessandro Henry George De Quincy, the fifth Earl of Saybrook, to investigate. A former intelligence officer, he has been wounded by a French saber and uses narcotics to help the pain. He also studied botany and had a Spanish grandmother renowned for cooking and healing skills. As England are at a critical stage in their war with Napoleaon, Saybrook is directed to solve the crime.

However, the crime is not as clear cut as first imagined. Financial scandals going back many years and the horrors of debauched secret societies are unearthed, as Saybrook and Arianna join forces to investigate. At times, the constant links to chocolate are rather laboured, but the sparks between Saybrook and Arianna, and also Saybrook and Grentham, help make the plot work. There are other good characters, both in terms of villains and also the more heroic, and it is interesting that Arianna's original feelings of undented faith in her father become more realistic as events unfold. Altogether, this is a good start to a series - a light and frothy mystery, but with just enough depth to make it work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Revenge, 8 April 2013
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This is the first in a series featuring Lady Arianna Hadley, set in England in 1813. Teamed up with the Earl of Saybrook, Alessandro De Quincy, Arianna finds herself tangled in an awful chocolatey mess when someone apparently tries to poison the Prince Regent. With Europe in an uproar over Napoleon, and American independence threatening England's colonies, the last thing the Government wants is the Prince Regent to be dead, or in any danger.

Both Arianna and Alessandro have murky pasts, and they come to an uneasy understanding as they fight to save their lives. This is a novel which incorporates both political underhand dealings and shady characters and events within a Regency period setting as well as incorporating murder mysteries, and succeeds very well. It's a light read, and entertaining - recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Dec 2013
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The first of three books following the story of Lord Saybrook and Arianna Hadley, as they join forces to discover the identity of a French spy. You really need to read them in order - and then read them a second time to remember it all. Excellent read.
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