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Feature book: Banquet of Lies

12 March 2014

Banquet of LiesBanquet of Lies by Michelle Diener

Giselle Barrington witnesses her father’s murder and knows that her life is now in danger as she possesses the document that the killer was after. Not knowing who to trust she travels home to London and goes to ground in Lord Jonathan Aldridge’s house. Her passion for cooking provides her with the means to pass as a French cook and the location means she can keep an eye on her own family home.

Lord Jonathan Aldridge left his army life when he inherited the title and now does ‘favours’ for the Crown to bring some excitement into his life. When a colleague asks him to watch over the Barrington house and find Giselle Barrington to keep her safe, he accepts. He soon finds himself juggling this investigation with a need to determine what it is about his new cook that concerns him.

As both Giselle and Jonathan conduct their own investigations into the murder and each other, their enemies are also closing in on them. Unfortunately there may also be enemies living under the same roof. To complicate matters further they soon also face obstacles with class distinctions as the lines become blurred. Can Giselle stay safely hidden and find someone she can trust to pass the document to the Crown? Can Jonathan locate Giselle Barrington, locate the document and determine if his French cook is a French spy? Can they both stay out of harm’s way and admit to the undercurrent that buzzes between them?

Michelle Diener has written a story filled with a range of vivid characters, who will all soon make the reader cheer them on. Ms Diener also provides you with the unique opportunity to view the whole world in this Regency romance with access to both upstairs and downstairs. This illustrates how difficult the world was to navigate for everyone as they simply went about day-to-day living. As a result this story provides the reader with a romance between two characters you connect with, a suspense that keeps the pages turning, secondary characters you hope for and a vivid world as a backdrop that makes your world disappear. When you sit down with this book make sure you have no plans for a couple of hours.

Reviewed by Tracey T

A review copy if this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment will go into the draw to win a copy. The giveaway closes on 26 March 2014.

6 Comments
  1. Yvonne permalink
    13 March 2014 11:54 am

    Like the review and it sounds like a great read. Love a suspence and multiple themes of spies, indentity confusion, class distinction of upstairs/ downstairs characters. This has wetted my interest to find out how the author enables meetings between a suspicious regency peer and the French cook.

  2. Malvina permalink
    13 March 2014 7:00 am

    Thanks for the review! It was the upstairs, downstairs bit that really hooked me. Sounds terrific.

  3. helensibbritt permalink
    12 March 2014 7:41 pm

    I do like the sound of this one it needs to be added to the must have list, thanks for the review Tracey

    Have Fun
    Helen

  4. 12 March 2014 9:51 am

    Can’t wait to read this book as the plot sounds fantastic.

  5. 12 March 2014 9:01 am

    Why do all the books on the ARRA blog sounds so good …. The pile keeps getting bigger… Thanks for the review Tracey

  6. 12 March 2014 8:27 am

    I only finished this book this morning and LOVED it. After reading all the Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series I became a huge Michelle Diener fan girl and Banquet of Lies has only deepened that. The pacing and drama is wonderful and I just love her characters. The Emperor’s Conspiracy is next on my list. Can’t wait!

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