Feature book: Banquet of Lies
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.