Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Cocoa Conspiracy- Andrea Penrose

The Cocoa Conspiracy: A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery (Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery)

When we last met Lady Arianna, she was about to marry the Earl of Saybrook. This volume opens with her in a booksellers shop, having just discovered a lovely book of botanical etchings that she decides to buy for her husband's birthday. The only problem is that a seemingly deranged man tries to take it from her and she winds up brawling with him to keep it. Arianna does, of course, kick his butt and retain possession of the book. She later discovers documents hidden in the binding of the book that lead her and the Earl, along with their medical friend Baz, into unmasking yet another murderous plot involving several European Royals as well as the possible ruination of several friends & loved ones. While unmasking traitors, Ari & Sandro also must deal with the nasty Government Agent Trentham, society folderol, house parties, traveling to Vienna, and their growing feelings for each other. They might have had to marry for appearances sake, but they have grown to love each other more than either of them is comfortable admitting. Also includes some delicious looking recipes, and a preview of the next book in the series, due out in the fall of 2012. Can't wait!

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