Lady Adrianna Hadley Series, No 2
Dec 2011 / ISBN: 9780451235312
Historical Mystery / Regency
by Barbara Buhrer
Hadley is trying to adjust to her life in the ton as the countess
of Saybrook. She is searching for a birthday present for Sandos.
She finds a rare volume of botanical engravings on chocolate but
has to fight off a man for the possession of the book.
At a party she encounters her assailant, a Russian diplomat, who
again tries to gain possession of the book. At home Ariana determines
to find the importance of the volume and finds a letter in cipher
hidden in the binding of the book. Sando deciphers the letter, which
hints of impending events that will disrupt the delicate peace at
the Congress of Vienna.
Sando and Ariana
are sent to Vienna by the War Office to find the truth about the
conspiracy and defuse it.
mystery is well plotted and fast paced. The story is full of intrigue
and adventure. It is well researched with intriguing information
about famous figures of the times, such as Tallyrand and the Tsar
of Russia. The scenes of the social world at the Congress are well
pictured. The growing romance between Sandos and Ariana is delightful.
This is an excellent view into the society, personalities and governments
of the Regency period.
At the beginning
of each chapter there is a brief discussion of the history of chocolate
and tempting recipes of chocolate goodies.
reviews in this series
No 1 [review
Sweet Revenge, No 1 [review2]