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The Resource An appetite for violets : a novel, Martine Bailey

An appetite for violets : a novel, Martine Bailey

Label
An appetite for violets : a novel
Title
An appetite for violets
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Martine Bailey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • After accompanying her new mistress to Italy, the under-cook at Mawton Hall begins a culinary adventure that includes secrets and a murderous conspiracy. Includes authentic 18th-century European recipes
  • ""That's how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you're invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. Then you find something, something you should not have found." Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook's Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all. In London Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress's younger brother. In France she discovers her mistress's dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall. Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Like Jo Baker's Longbourn, it opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal"--
Summary
In 1772, wealthy Sir Geoffrey suddenly marries Lady Carinna, a mysterious woman four decades younger. Would-be tavern keeper Biddy Leigh, a 22-year-old under-cook, finds herself part of a small group accompanying her new mistress on a trip across England, Paris, and Italy. Biddy studies the foreign cuisines as well as her mistress, and suspects that murder is on the menu. A richly detailed debut, which includes authentic 18th-century European recipes, serves up an eclectic mixture of historical novel, Gothic mystery, and culinary adventure along with helpings of romance and melodrama. -- Description by Dawn Towery
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10392029
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Bailey, Martine
Dewey number
823/.92
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Household employees
  • Upper class
  • England
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Suspense
Target audience
adult
Label
An appetite for violets : a novel, Martine Bailey
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn881041960
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
391 pages
Isbn
9781250056917
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014032365
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)881041960
Label
An appetite for violets : a novel, Martine Bailey
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn881041960
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
391 pages
Isbn
9781250056917
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014032365
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)881041960

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