Return of Lady Arianna!

Smoke and Lies-smallAndrea Penrose discusses Smoke & Lies
with Mary Jo:

MJP: Sister Word Wench Andrea and I go way back to when we both wrote Signet Regencies. In recent years, Andrea has used her love of the Regency, science, and art to become Andrea Penrose, historical mystery writer. Her new Regency Wrexford & Sloane series is making a splash, with starred reviews and excitement all around.

But I'm delighted that she's also continuing her Lady Arianna mystery series. The first three books were traditionally published, and now that she's retrieved the rights, Andrea has repackaged and republished them in e-book form and is continuing the series. She added a novella last summer and a brand new novel, Smoke and Lies, will be released on May 15th.

MJP: I love these characters and their world. Andrea, will you tell us about how you developed Lady Arianna and her unusual background?

 

AP: I don’t quite sure what first got me researching the history of chocolate, but SWEET-REVENGE-200x300once I took the first bite, I just, well, ate it up! The stories and lore were fascinating, with tales of intrigue, international skullduggery and even murder throughout the centuries. But the most fun was discovering that edible chocolate existed in the Regency—though the common perception is that it didn’t. (I still get snarky comments from readers saying “you didn’t do your research!” but actually, I did!) So I was determined to use it!

I really like writing unconventional heroines, and one of the things that I feel makes characters memorable is to make them as unique as you can. Bits of my research—the Aztecs were drinking chocolate when the Spanish explorers arrived, and one of the Popes was poisoned with chocolate—got the mental wheels turning.  (Imagination does strange things in the solitude of the writing cave.)

And so I came up with the idea of Lady Arianna. Her backstory is she’s the daughter of a disgraced English lord who was forced to flee to the West Indies and then is murdered by the men who framed him. Having been forced to survive on her own in a hardscrabble world, Arianna is pretty much a kick-ass heroine. (Yes, I like writing women who can take care of themselves when they have to!), but I also gave her a softer side. She’s a fabulous cook, and loves to create food that brings The-Cocoa-Conspiracy-1-200x300friends together. But she also wields a mean carving knife. I didn’t quite plan it this way, but she's a certain sort of “James Bond meets Jane Austen” persona. Maybe because I’m a quiet introvert!

 MJP: I also adore Alessandro, Lord Saybrook, the half-English, half-Spanish earl. How did he come into being?

AP: Since Spain brought chocolate to Europe, it seemed natural to give Saybrook a Spanish heritage. It also made him an outsider in English society, so he’s a good match for Arianna. They both defy convention, and don’t have much use for the snobbery and strict rules of the beau monde. This tends to lead them into trouble . . .

MJP: Arianna and Sandro share a passion for chocolate and cooking in general. Does this reflect your own interest in those subjects? (Surely it must for you to write them so well!)

AP: Yes, and yes! It’s my mother’s fault for being Swiss and allowing us special Frigortreats of Lindt and Frigor chocolates when we were kids. (Frigor had to be brought over by Swiss relatives, so it was a VERY special indulgence. I still adore it, and you can occasionally find it here in the States. If you see it, grab it!) And while I enjoy cooking in general, I confess that desserts are my specialty (avec chocolat, bien sur!) My sister-in-law threatens to stick a fork in me if I show up on holidays without my Guinness chocolate cake!

<interviewer sighs dreamily at the thought of a Guinness chocolate cake>

MJP: Smoke and Lies takes your protagonists to a setting I've not seen used in any other Regency novels: Elba, where the deposed Emperor Napoleon is ruling over his minuscule court. Could you tell us more about researching that Napoleon

AP: It was really interesting to research what was going on in Napoleon’s exiled court. It wasn’t what I expected, and that made it even more fascinating. (You can read more about my research on an earlier Wench blog:)  Now, of course, we all know what ultimately happened, so I found it a provocative challenge to create a mystery that would have an element of suspense within the actual history. I hope readers enjoy it!

MJP: I found your solution to that conundrum really interesting and effective. Can you give us an excerpt of Smoke and Lies to whet our appetites?

AP:  “Lady Saybrook’s husband is a man of science,” said Wolff. “He is looking forward to exploring the unique natural wonders of your kingdom.”
    “Ah!” Napoleon’s eyes lit with interest. “I, too, have a great interest in science. Pray, what is his field of interest?”
     The polite platitudes gave way to a long conversation on botany and geology. The Satirical cartoon-Napoleon on Elbaemperor had been much engaged in making improvements to the agriculture and mining on the island, and his manner grew more animated as he warmed to the subject. She sensed the impatience of those around her, who were hoping for their own opportunity to curry favor with the great man. But now that she had his attention, she saw the chance to seize a tactical advantage.
    “I, too, share my husband’s interest in botany,” replied Arianna after a lengthy exchange on the rare species of herbs that grew on Elba. “Especially his passion for Theobroma cacao.”
    “Chocolate,” said the emperor with a gusty sigh of longing. “I do miss the creations of Marie-Antoine Carême.”
    She was well aware of his fondness for sweets, and how the great French chef had indulged Napoleon’s passion for them. “Carême is said to be a genius with confections. Didn’t he create a special chocolate dish to celebrate one of your great military victories, sir?”
    “Yes, the Battle of Austerlitz.” A dreamy expression flitted over Napoleon’s face. “Almonds and pralines, enrobed in a velvety cloak of sweetened chocolate.”
    The emperor was not the only one who could maneuver with lightning quickness to take advantage of an enemy’s weakness.
    “I, too, dabble in creating chocolate confections,” she murmured . . .

 MJP: Will you be giving away a free e-book of Smoke and Lies? Recipe-For-Treason-1-200x300

AP: Absolutely! I'll send a copy to one person who comments between now and Tuesday midnight. 

MJP: Do you share a passion for chocolate, like Arianna and Sandro?  Tell us more!

 

260 thoughts on “Return of Lady Arianna!”

  1. Really enjoyed the interview, Mary Jo and Andrea.
    I don’t know about a passion, but I am very fond of chocolate. I’ve been meaning to try that delicious0sounding Guinness chocolate cake — I have the recipe from Andrea’s “Favorite Chocolate Recipes” book.
    That’s still available to readers, isn’t it Andrea?

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  2. Really enjoyed the interview, Mary Jo and Andrea.
    I don’t know about a passion, but I am very fond of chocolate. I’ve been meaning to try that delicious0sounding Guinness chocolate cake — I have the recipe from Andrea’s “Favorite Chocolate Recipes” book.
    That’s still available to readers, isn’t it Andrea?

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  3. Really enjoyed the interview, Mary Jo and Andrea.
    I don’t know about a passion, but I am very fond of chocolate. I’ve been meaning to try that delicious0sounding Guinness chocolate cake — I have the recipe from Andrea’s “Favorite Chocolate Recipes” book.
    That’s still available to readers, isn’t it Andrea?

    Reply
  4. Really enjoyed the interview, Mary Jo and Andrea.
    I don’t know about a passion, but I am very fond of chocolate. I’ve been meaning to try that delicious0sounding Guinness chocolate cake — I have the recipe from Andrea’s “Favorite Chocolate Recipes” book.
    That’s still available to readers, isn’t it Andrea?

    Reply
  5. Really enjoyed the interview, Mary Jo and Andrea.
    I don’t know about a passion, but I am very fond of chocolate. I’ve been meaning to try that delicious0sounding Guinness chocolate cake — I have the recipe from Andrea’s “Favorite Chocolate Recipes” book.
    That’s still available to readers, isn’t it Andrea?

    Reply
  6. I’ve not read this series. It sounds really interesting. I just downloaded the novella to get a taste (smile) for it.
    While I like chocolate well enough, I don’t really have a passion for it. Now, cheesecake, that’s my weakness.

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  7. I’ve not read this series. It sounds really interesting. I just downloaded the novella to get a taste (smile) for it.
    While I like chocolate well enough, I don’t really have a passion for it. Now, cheesecake, that’s my weakness.

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  8. I’ve not read this series. It sounds really interesting. I just downloaded the novella to get a taste (smile) for it.
    While I like chocolate well enough, I don’t really have a passion for it. Now, cheesecake, that’s my weakness.

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  9. I’ve not read this series. It sounds really interesting. I just downloaded the novella to get a taste (smile) for it.
    While I like chocolate well enough, I don’t really have a passion for it. Now, cheesecake, that’s my weakness.

    Reply
  10. I’ve not read this series. It sounds really interesting. I just downloaded the novella to get a taste (smile) for it.
    While I like chocolate well enough, I don’t really have a passion for it. Now, cheesecake, that’s my weakness.

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  11. I do not experiment with chocolate, but I do love it. This past weekend, I re-read Lady Arianna’s books in anticipation of Smoke and Lies.

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  12. I do not experiment with chocolate, but I do love it. This past weekend, I re-read Lady Arianna’s books in anticipation of Smoke and Lies.

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  13. I do not experiment with chocolate, but I do love it. This past weekend, I re-read Lady Arianna’s books in anticipation of Smoke and Lies.

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  14. I do not experiment with chocolate, but I do love it. This past weekend, I re-read Lady Arianna’s books in anticipation of Smoke and Lies.

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  15. I do not experiment with chocolate, but I do love it. This past weekend, I re-read Lady Arianna’s books in anticipation of Smoke and Lies.

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  16. I have a great passion for chocolate that is lifelong. My favorite bakery is closing after 116 years on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Three generations of my family have purchased goodies there. The bakers want to retire and the next generation in the family no longer wants to run the business.
    I purchased a big chocolate cake, cut it up into slices and put it in the freezer. Every few weeks I have a slice. Even when their gone, I’ll have the cake for awhile longer.

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  17. I have a great passion for chocolate that is lifelong. My favorite bakery is closing after 116 years on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Three generations of my family have purchased goodies there. The bakers want to retire and the next generation in the family no longer wants to run the business.
    I purchased a big chocolate cake, cut it up into slices and put it in the freezer. Every few weeks I have a slice. Even when their gone, I’ll have the cake for awhile longer.

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  18. I have a great passion for chocolate that is lifelong. My favorite bakery is closing after 116 years on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Three generations of my family have purchased goodies there. The bakers want to retire and the next generation in the family no longer wants to run the business.
    I purchased a big chocolate cake, cut it up into slices and put it in the freezer. Every few weeks I have a slice. Even when their gone, I’ll have the cake for awhile longer.

    Reply
  19. I have a great passion for chocolate that is lifelong. My favorite bakery is closing after 116 years on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Three generations of my family have purchased goodies there. The bakers want to retire and the next generation in the family no longer wants to run the business.
    I purchased a big chocolate cake, cut it up into slices and put it in the freezer. Every few weeks I have a slice. Even when their gone, I’ll have the cake for awhile longer.

    Reply
  20. I have a great passion for chocolate that is lifelong. My favorite bakery is closing after 116 years on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Three generations of my family have purchased goodies there. The bakers want to retire and the next generation in the family no longer wants to run the business.
    I purchased a big chocolate cake, cut it up into slices and put it in the freezer. Every few weeks I have a slice. Even when their gone, I’ll have the cake for awhile longer.

    Reply
  21. THE CHEESECAKE MURDERS–could be a winner! The Lady Arianna novella will give you the flavor of the writing, but the series works through time, so ideally, a reader would start with the first book, SWEET REVENGE. That does a great job of introducing the characters and the premises.

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  22. THE CHEESECAKE MURDERS–could be a winner! The Lady Arianna novella will give you the flavor of the writing, but the series works through time, so ideally, a reader would start with the first book, SWEET REVENGE. That does a great job of introducing the characters and the premises.

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  23. THE CHEESECAKE MURDERS–could be a winner! The Lady Arianna novella will give you the flavor of the writing, but the series works through time, so ideally, a reader would start with the first book, SWEET REVENGE. That does a great job of introducing the characters and the premises.

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  24. THE CHEESECAKE MURDERS–could be a winner! The Lady Arianna novella will give you the flavor of the writing, but the series works through time, so ideally, a reader would start with the first book, SWEET REVENGE. That does a great job of introducing the characters and the premises.

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  25. THE CHEESECAKE MURDERS–could be a winner! The Lady Arianna novella will give you the flavor of the writing, but the series works through time, so ideally, a reader would start with the first book, SWEET REVENGE. That does a great job of introducing the characters and the premises.

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  26. I am sooooo excited about more Lady Arianna. I used to save these up for my end-of-semester treats. And the timing on the new one is impeccable! (I like to think my favorite authors do this deliberately. Of course, they know when my birthday is — or that I want a good read at the end of the semester — and time their publications accordingly. It’s very thoughtful of them.)
    Oh, and yes — I adore good chocolate.

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  27. I am sooooo excited about more Lady Arianna. I used to save these up for my end-of-semester treats. And the timing on the new one is impeccable! (I like to think my favorite authors do this deliberately. Of course, they know when my birthday is — or that I want a good read at the end of the semester — and time their publications accordingly. It’s very thoughtful of them.)
    Oh, and yes — I adore good chocolate.

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  28. I am sooooo excited about more Lady Arianna. I used to save these up for my end-of-semester treats. And the timing on the new one is impeccable! (I like to think my favorite authors do this deliberately. Of course, they know when my birthday is — or that I want a good read at the end of the semester — and time their publications accordingly. It’s very thoughtful of them.)
    Oh, and yes — I adore good chocolate.

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  29. I am sooooo excited about more Lady Arianna. I used to save these up for my end-of-semester treats. And the timing on the new one is impeccable! (I like to think my favorite authors do this deliberately. Of course, they know when my birthday is — or that I want a good read at the end of the semester — and time their publications accordingly. It’s very thoughtful of them.)
    Oh, and yes — I adore good chocolate.

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  30. I am sooooo excited about more Lady Arianna. I used to save these up for my end-of-semester treats. And the timing on the new one is impeccable! (I like to think my favorite authors do this deliberately. Of course, they know when my birthday is — or that I want a good read at the end of the semester — and time their publications accordingly. It’s very thoughtful of them.)
    Oh, and yes — I adore good chocolate.

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  31. Patricia, it’s so sad that an honored and long-lived bakery is closing, but I do understand that new generations don’t always want to stay in the same business. Buy a grand cake and freezing the slices is a clever way to keep the bakery around you for a little longer.

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  32. Patricia, it’s so sad that an honored and long-lived bakery is closing, but I do understand that new generations don’t always want to stay in the same business. Buy a grand cake and freezing the slices is a clever way to keep the bakery around you for a little longer.

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  33. Patricia, it’s so sad that an honored and long-lived bakery is closing, but I do understand that new generations don’t always want to stay in the same business. Buy a grand cake and freezing the slices is a clever way to keep the bakery around you for a little longer.

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  34. Patricia, it’s so sad that an honored and long-lived bakery is closing, but I do understand that new generations don’t always want to stay in the same business. Buy a grand cake and freezing the slices is a clever way to keep the bakery around you for a little longer.

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  35. Patricia, it’s so sad that an honored and long-lived bakery is closing, but I do understand that new generations don’t always want to stay in the same business. Buy a grand cake and freezing the slices is a clever way to keep the bakery around you for a little longer.

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  36. Don’t you think it might be a bit creepy for us to keep databases on our readers? *G* But great that the timing on this is so good–the story has a lot of original twists, and answers some questions.

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  37. Don’t you think it might be a bit creepy for us to keep databases on our readers? *G* But great that the timing on this is so good–the story has a lot of original twists, and answers some questions.

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  38. Don’t you think it might be a bit creepy for us to keep databases on our readers? *G* But great that the timing on this is so good–the story has a lot of original twists, and answers some questions.

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  39. Don’t you think it might be a bit creepy for us to keep databases on our readers? *G* But great that the timing on this is so good–the story has a lot of original twists, and answers some questions.

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  40. Don’t you think it might be a bit creepy for us to keep databases on our readers? *G* But great that the timing on this is so good–the story has a lot of original twists, and answers some questions.

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  41. It has been awhile since I read the Lady Arianna mysteries. This would be a great way to become reacquainted. I may need to stock up on chocolate first.

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  42. It has been awhile since I read the Lady Arianna mysteries. This would be a great way to become reacquainted. I may need to stock up on chocolate first.

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  43. It has been awhile since I read the Lady Arianna mysteries. This would be a great way to become reacquainted. I may need to stock up on chocolate first.

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  44. It has been awhile since I read the Lady Arianna mysteries. This would be a great way to become reacquainted. I may need to stock up on chocolate first.

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  45. It has been awhile since I read the Lady Arianna mysteries. This would be a great way to become reacquainted. I may need to stock up on chocolate first.

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  46. I LOVE good chocolate and have doubtless eaten more than my fair share of that as well as of mediocre chocolate.
    Now I will certainly be on the lookout for Frigor chocolates.

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  47. I LOVE good chocolate and have doubtless eaten more than my fair share of that as well as of mediocre chocolate.
    Now I will certainly be on the lookout for Frigor chocolates.

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  48. I LOVE good chocolate and have doubtless eaten more than my fair share of that as well as of mediocre chocolate.
    Now I will certainly be on the lookout for Frigor chocolates.

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  49. I LOVE good chocolate and have doubtless eaten more than my fair share of that as well as of mediocre chocolate.
    Now I will certainly be on the lookout for Frigor chocolates.

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  50. I LOVE good chocolate and have doubtless eaten more than my fair share of that as well as of mediocre chocolate.
    Now I will certainly be on the lookout for Frigor chocolates.

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  51. I come from a family of “choclaholics” (my children wanted chocolate birthday cakes with two notable vanilla lovers) — my mother and my husband.
    However, my mother developed the BEST ice-cream soda the family has ever tasted (even though it is vanilla). Vanilla Ice cream and red cream soda (Brown cream soda is a different flavor and doesn’t work as well.)
    So ever the strongest chocolate addicts can appreciate other flavors.

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  52. I come from a family of “choclaholics” (my children wanted chocolate birthday cakes with two notable vanilla lovers) — my mother and my husband.
    However, my mother developed the BEST ice-cream soda the family has ever tasted (even though it is vanilla). Vanilla Ice cream and red cream soda (Brown cream soda is a different flavor and doesn’t work as well.)
    So ever the strongest chocolate addicts can appreciate other flavors.

    Reply
  53. I come from a family of “choclaholics” (my children wanted chocolate birthday cakes with two notable vanilla lovers) — my mother and my husband.
    However, my mother developed the BEST ice-cream soda the family has ever tasted (even though it is vanilla). Vanilla Ice cream and red cream soda (Brown cream soda is a different flavor and doesn’t work as well.)
    So ever the strongest chocolate addicts can appreciate other flavors.

    Reply
  54. I come from a family of “choclaholics” (my children wanted chocolate birthday cakes with two notable vanilla lovers) — my mother and my husband.
    However, my mother developed the BEST ice-cream soda the family has ever tasted (even though it is vanilla). Vanilla Ice cream and red cream soda (Brown cream soda is a different flavor and doesn’t work as well.)
    So ever the strongest chocolate addicts can appreciate other flavors.

    Reply
  55. I come from a family of “choclaholics” (my children wanted chocolate birthday cakes with two notable vanilla lovers) — my mother and my husband.
    However, my mother developed the BEST ice-cream soda the family has ever tasted (even though it is vanilla). Vanilla Ice cream and red cream soda (Brown cream soda is a different flavor and doesn’t work as well.)
    So ever the strongest chocolate addicts can appreciate other flavors.

    Reply
  56. I do enjoy a lovely chocolate truffle or indulgent slice of chocolate cake now and then. I’m excited about this new release and thank you for the chance to win.

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  57. I do enjoy a lovely chocolate truffle or indulgent slice of chocolate cake now and then. I’m excited about this new release and thank you for the chance to win.

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  58. I do enjoy a lovely chocolate truffle or indulgent slice of chocolate cake now and then. I’m excited about this new release and thank you for the chance to win.

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  59. I do enjoy a lovely chocolate truffle or indulgent slice of chocolate cake now and then. I’m excited about this new release and thank you for the chance to win.

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  60. I do enjoy a lovely chocolate truffle or indulgent slice of chocolate cake now and then. I’m excited about this new release and thank you for the chance to win.

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  61. Having read all the comments I’m rather surprised that no-one has mentioned chocolate trifle! The mix of cream and spheres of chocolate biscuit floating in a custardy concoction containing Belgian chocolate, with sprinklings of dark chocolate on the surface, definitely puts me in a good mood…. and ready for a spicy mystery tale.
    My favorite sleuth is Miss Marple, but I haven’t met Lady Arianna yet. The strong flavor of chocolate could disguise some potent poison if murder is contemplated ….. but maybe that would be more for Charlotte Sloane to puzzle over!
    Loved the interview.😊

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  62. Having read all the comments I’m rather surprised that no-one has mentioned chocolate trifle! The mix of cream and spheres of chocolate biscuit floating in a custardy concoction containing Belgian chocolate, with sprinklings of dark chocolate on the surface, definitely puts me in a good mood…. and ready for a spicy mystery tale.
    My favorite sleuth is Miss Marple, but I haven’t met Lady Arianna yet. The strong flavor of chocolate could disguise some potent poison if murder is contemplated ….. but maybe that would be more for Charlotte Sloane to puzzle over!
    Loved the interview.😊

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  63. Having read all the comments I’m rather surprised that no-one has mentioned chocolate trifle! The mix of cream and spheres of chocolate biscuit floating in a custardy concoction containing Belgian chocolate, with sprinklings of dark chocolate on the surface, definitely puts me in a good mood…. and ready for a spicy mystery tale.
    My favorite sleuth is Miss Marple, but I haven’t met Lady Arianna yet. The strong flavor of chocolate could disguise some potent poison if murder is contemplated ….. but maybe that would be more for Charlotte Sloane to puzzle over!
    Loved the interview.😊

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  64. Having read all the comments I’m rather surprised that no-one has mentioned chocolate trifle! The mix of cream and spheres of chocolate biscuit floating in a custardy concoction containing Belgian chocolate, with sprinklings of dark chocolate on the surface, definitely puts me in a good mood…. and ready for a spicy mystery tale.
    My favorite sleuth is Miss Marple, but I haven’t met Lady Arianna yet. The strong flavor of chocolate could disguise some potent poison if murder is contemplated ….. but maybe that would be more for Charlotte Sloane to puzzle over!
    Loved the interview.😊

    Reply
  65. Having read all the comments I’m rather surprised that no-one has mentioned chocolate trifle! The mix of cream and spheres of chocolate biscuit floating in a custardy concoction containing Belgian chocolate, with sprinklings of dark chocolate on the surface, definitely puts me in a good mood…. and ready for a spicy mystery tale.
    My favorite sleuth is Miss Marple, but I haven’t met Lady Arianna yet. The strong flavor of chocolate could disguise some potent poison if murder is contemplated ….. but maybe that would be more for Charlotte Sloane to puzzle over!
    Loved the interview.😊

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  66. Quantum, we Americans are trifle-deprived! We rarely see it over here. But I shall take your word about it being wonderful.
    As for it chocolate disguising a poison . .well, funny you should mention that! The first Lady Arianna book opens with just such a scene!
    I’ve just sold the audio rights to the first three Lady Arianna books, so will keep you posted as to when they will be available. (though it probably won’t be for a while.)

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  67. Quantum, we Americans are trifle-deprived! We rarely see it over here. But I shall take your word about it being wonderful.
    As for it chocolate disguising a poison . .well, funny you should mention that! The first Lady Arianna book opens with just such a scene!
    I’ve just sold the audio rights to the first three Lady Arianna books, so will keep you posted as to when they will be available. (though it probably won’t be for a while.)

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  68. Quantum, we Americans are trifle-deprived! We rarely see it over here. But I shall take your word about it being wonderful.
    As for it chocolate disguising a poison . .well, funny you should mention that! The first Lady Arianna book opens with just such a scene!
    I’ve just sold the audio rights to the first three Lady Arianna books, so will keep you posted as to when they will be available. (though it probably won’t be for a while.)

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  69. Quantum, we Americans are trifle-deprived! We rarely see it over here. But I shall take your word about it being wonderful.
    As for it chocolate disguising a poison . .well, funny you should mention that! The first Lady Arianna book opens with just such a scene!
    I’ve just sold the audio rights to the first three Lady Arianna books, so will keep you posted as to when they will be available. (though it probably won’t be for a while.)

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  70. Quantum, we Americans are trifle-deprived! We rarely see it over here. But I shall take your word about it being wonderful.
    As for it chocolate disguising a poison . .well, funny you should mention that! The first Lady Arianna book opens with just such a scene!
    I’ve just sold the audio rights to the first three Lady Arianna books, so will keep you posted as to when they will be available. (though it probably won’t be for a while.)

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  71. Wow! Several books to look for! I love the historical mysteries. Add in chocolate!! Irresistible! I’ll be looking for that chocolate Guinness cake, too. Thanks!

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  72. Wow! Several books to look for! I love the historical mysteries. Add in chocolate!! Irresistible! I’ll be looking for that chocolate Guinness cake, too. Thanks!

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  73. Wow! Several books to look for! I love the historical mysteries. Add in chocolate!! Irresistible! I’ll be looking for that chocolate Guinness cake, too. Thanks!

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  74. Wow! Several books to look for! I love the historical mysteries. Add in chocolate!! Irresistible! I’ll be looking for that chocolate Guinness cake, too. Thanks!

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  75. Wow! Several books to look for! I love the historical mysteries. Add in chocolate!! Irresistible! I’ll be looking for that chocolate Guinness cake, too. Thanks!

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  76. Hubby and I always have our chocolate after supper – dark chocolate Ritter Sport, either with or without hazelnuts. Good for your heart! 😊😊😊😊

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  77. Hubby and I always have our chocolate after supper – dark chocolate Ritter Sport, either with or without hazelnuts. Good for your heart! 😊😊😊😊

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  78. Hubby and I always have our chocolate after supper – dark chocolate Ritter Sport, either with or without hazelnuts. Good for your heart! 😊😊😊😊

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  79. Hubby and I always have our chocolate after supper – dark chocolate Ritter Sport, either with or without hazelnuts. Good for your heart! 😊😊😊😊

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  80. Hubby and I always have our chocolate after supper – dark chocolate Ritter Sport, either with or without hazelnuts. Good for your heart! 😊😊😊😊

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  81. Right now my go to, die for is dark chocolate covered almonds. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. I love the crunch of the almonds, the dark chocolate flavor.
    Oddly enough, chocolate cake doesn’t do it for me. However, brownies definitely hit the spot. Especially the chewy sides.
    Love the description of your Lady Ariana mystery series. Too many books to choose from…..my TBR is teetering…

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  82. Right now my go to, die for is dark chocolate covered almonds. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. I love the crunch of the almonds, the dark chocolate flavor.
    Oddly enough, chocolate cake doesn’t do it for me. However, brownies definitely hit the spot. Especially the chewy sides.
    Love the description of your Lady Ariana mystery series. Too many books to choose from…..my TBR is teetering…

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  83. Right now my go to, die for is dark chocolate covered almonds. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. I love the crunch of the almonds, the dark chocolate flavor.
    Oddly enough, chocolate cake doesn’t do it for me. However, brownies definitely hit the spot. Especially the chewy sides.
    Love the description of your Lady Ariana mystery series. Too many books to choose from…..my TBR is teetering…

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  84. Right now my go to, die for is dark chocolate covered almonds. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. I love the crunch of the almonds, the dark chocolate flavor.
    Oddly enough, chocolate cake doesn’t do it for me. However, brownies definitely hit the spot. Especially the chewy sides.
    Love the description of your Lady Ariana mystery series. Too many books to choose from…..my TBR is teetering…

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  85. Right now my go to, die for is dark chocolate covered almonds. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. I love the crunch of the almonds, the dark chocolate flavor.
    Oddly enough, chocolate cake doesn’t do it for me. However, brownies definitely hit the spot. Especially the chewy sides.
    Love the description of your Lady Ariana mystery series. Too many books to choose from…..my TBR is teetering…

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  86. I love historical mysteries, and I have enjoyed the Lady Ariana books. I look forward to the new one, Andrea.
    I love chocolate too, although it is a rare treat these days. I try to save save my splurges for my birthday when a friend always bakes her bourbon brownies for me and for Christmas when I am among the blessed who receive a tin of handmade chocolates from my friend and fellow romance lover PJ, a candy maker par excellence.

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  87. I love historical mysteries, and I have enjoyed the Lady Ariana books. I look forward to the new one, Andrea.
    I love chocolate too, although it is a rare treat these days. I try to save save my splurges for my birthday when a friend always bakes her bourbon brownies for me and for Christmas when I am among the blessed who receive a tin of handmade chocolates from my friend and fellow romance lover PJ, a candy maker par excellence.

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  88. I love historical mysteries, and I have enjoyed the Lady Ariana books. I look forward to the new one, Andrea.
    I love chocolate too, although it is a rare treat these days. I try to save save my splurges for my birthday when a friend always bakes her bourbon brownies for me and for Christmas when I am among the blessed who receive a tin of handmade chocolates from my friend and fellow romance lover PJ, a candy maker par excellence.

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  89. I love historical mysteries, and I have enjoyed the Lady Ariana books. I look forward to the new one, Andrea.
    I love chocolate too, although it is a rare treat these days. I try to save save my splurges for my birthday when a friend always bakes her bourbon brownies for me and for Christmas when I am among the blessed who receive a tin of handmade chocolates from my friend and fellow romance lover PJ, a candy maker par excellence.

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  90. I love historical mysteries, and I have enjoyed the Lady Ariana books. I look forward to the new one, Andrea.
    I love chocolate too, although it is a rare treat these days. I try to save save my splurges for my birthday when a friend always bakes her bourbon brownies for me and for Christmas when I am among the blessed who receive a tin of handmade chocolates from my friend and fellow romance lover PJ, a candy maker par excellence.

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  91. I adore chocolate and I love the Lady Ariana books! So glad that Ariana and Sandro’s story will be continuing!

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  92. I adore chocolate and I love the Lady Ariana books! So glad that Ariana and Sandro’s story will be continuing!

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  93. I adore chocolate and I love the Lady Ariana books! So glad that Ariana and Sandro’s story will be continuing!

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  94. I adore chocolate and I love the Lady Ariana books! So glad that Ariana and Sandro’s story will be continuing!

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  95. I adore chocolate and I love the Lady Ariana books! So glad that Ariana and Sandro’s story will be continuing!

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  96. Chocolate – I wonder why it has become such an important part of so many lives.
    I am a fan of chocolate. But, not as much as I once was. Now, I can go for a period of time without having chocolate on a daily basis. But, that is always a temporary condition.

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  97. Chocolate – I wonder why it has become such an important part of so many lives.
    I am a fan of chocolate. But, not as much as I once was. Now, I can go for a period of time without having chocolate on a daily basis. But, that is always a temporary condition.

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  98. Chocolate – I wonder why it has become such an important part of so many lives.
    I am a fan of chocolate. But, not as much as I once was. Now, I can go for a period of time without having chocolate on a daily basis. But, that is always a temporary condition.

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  99. Chocolate – I wonder why it has become such an important part of so many lives.
    I am a fan of chocolate. But, not as much as I once was. Now, I can go for a period of time without having chocolate on a daily basis. But, that is always a temporary condition.

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  100. Chocolate – I wonder why it has become such an important part of so many lives.
    I am a fan of chocolate. But, not as much as I once was. Now, I can go for a period of time without having chocolate on a daily basis. But, that is always a temporary condition.

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  101. Since I need to watch my caloric intake I don’t have chocolate every day. And if I’m going to eat chocolate it has to be dark chocolate. I grew up eating milk chocolate, but now, compared with the dark, it seems flavorless. I agree with the comment above that dark chocolate with almonds is a special treat, also dark with hazelnuts. And brownies! Yes, I really love chocolate and no other dessert is worth the caloric price. (grin)

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  102. Since I need to watch my caloric intake I don’t have chocolate every day. And if I’m going to eat chocolate it has to be dark chocolate. I grew up eating milk chocolate, but now, compared with the dark, it seems flavorless. I agree with the comment above that dark chocolate with almonds is a special treat, also dark with hazelnuts. And brownies! Yes, I really love chocolate and no other dessert is worth the caloric price. (grin)

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  103. Since I need to watch my caloric intake I don’t have chocolate every day. And if I’m going to eat chocolate it has to be dark chocolate. I grew up eating milk chocolate, but now, compared with the dark, it seems flavorless. I agree with the comment above that dark chocolate with almonds is a special treat, also dark with hazelnuts. And brownies! Yes, I really love chocolate and no other dessert is worth the caloric price. (grin)

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  104. Since I need to watch my caloric intake I don’t have chocolate every day. And if I’m going to eat chocolate it has to be dark chocolate. I grew up eating milk chocolate, but now, compared with the dark, it seems flavorless. I agree with the comment above that dark chocolate with almonds is a special treat, also dark with hazelnuts. And brownies! Yes, I really love chocolate and no other dessert is worth the caloric price. (grin)

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  105. Since I need to watch my caloric intake I don’t have chocolate every day. And if I’m going to eat chocolate it has to be dark chocolate. I grew up eating milk chocolate, but now, compared with the dark, it seems flavorless. I agree with the comment above that dark chocolate with almonds is a special treat, also dark with hazelnuts. And brownies! Yes, I really love chocolate and no other dessert is worth the caloric price. (grin)

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  106. Yes, I have a passion for chocolate! I actually have a couple of squares of Lindt’s 90% dark chocolate after lunch every day and my favorite cake is Devil’s Food. I just recently discovered the wonderful Lady Arianna books (because of the Sloane & Wrexford books that I also enjoy very much) and I was sadly disappointed that the third book did not have any recipes! While I’ll probably never make most of them, I enjoyed reading about the flavors. Looking forward to Smoke & Lies.

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  107. Yes, I have a passion for chocolate! I actually have a couple of squares of Lindt’s 90% dark chocolate after lunch every day and my favorite cake is Devil’s Food. I just recently discovered the wonderful Lady Arianna books (because of the Sloane & Wrexford books that I also enjoy very much) and I was sadly disappointed that the third book did not have any recipes! While I’ll probably never make most of them, I enjoyed reading about the flavors. Looking forward to Smoke & Lies.

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  108. Yes, I have a passion for chocolate! I actually have a couple of squares of Lindt’s 90% dark chocolate after lunch every day and my favorite cake is Devil’s Food. I just recently discovered the wonderful Lady Arianna books (because of the Sloane & Wrexford books that I also enjoy very much) and I was sadly disappointed that the third book did not have any recipes! While I’ll probably never make most of them, I enjoyed reading about the flavors. Looking forward to Smoke & Lies.

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  109. Yes, I have a passion for chocolate! I actually have a couple of squares of Lindt’s 90% dark chocolate after lunch every day and my favorite cake is Devil’s Food. I just recently discovered the wonderful Lady Arianna books (because of the Sloane & Wrexford books that I also enjoy very much) and I was sadly disappointed that the third book did not have any recipes! While I’ll probably never make most of them, I enjoyed reading about the flavors. Looking forward to Smoke & Lies.

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  110. Yes, I have a passion for chocolate! I actually have a couple of squares of Lindt’s 90% dark chocolate after lunch every day and my favorite cake is Devil’s Food. I just recently discovered the wonderful Lady Arianna books (because of the Sloane & Wrexford books that I also enjoy very much) and I was sadly disappointed that the third book did not have any recipes! While I’ll probably never make most of them, I enjoyed reading about the flavors. Looking forward to Smoke & Lies.

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  111. It’s Glaser’s Bakery on First Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Their closing July 1st.

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  112. It’s Glaser’s Bakery on First Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Their closing July 1st.

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  113. It’s Glaser’s Bakery on First Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Their closing July 1st.

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  114. It’s Glaser’s Bakery on First Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Their closing July 1st.

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  115. It’s Glaser’s Bakery on First Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Their closing July 1st.

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  116. So sad, Patricia! My family is German/Austrian, so we often used to visit Yorktown when we were in the city, and I remember visiting Cafe Geiger and Kleine Konditorei and their delicious goodies.

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  117. So sad, Patricia! My family is German/Austrian, so we often used to visit Yorktown when we were in the city, and I remember visiting Cafe Geiger and Kleine Konditorei and their delicious goodies.

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  118. So sad, Patricia! My family is German/Austrian, so we often used to visit Yorktown when we were in the city, and I remember visiting Cafe Geiger and Kleine Konditorei and their delicious goodies.

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  119. So sad, Patricia! My family is German/Austrian, so we often used to visit Yorktown when we were in the city, and I remember visiting Cafe Geiger and Kleine Konditorei and their delicious goodies.

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  120. So sad, Patricia! My family is German/Austrian, so we often used to visit Yorktown when we were in the city, and I remember visiting Cafe Geiger and Kleine Konditorei and their delicious goodies.

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  121. I’m really looking forward to the new book. I am a chocolate lover, and if it is combined with nuts or fruit(as in chocolate covered cherries or candied orange peel dipped in chocolate), so much the better!
    I also want to thank you again for that great recipe booklet!

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  122. I’m really looking forward to the new book. I am a chocolate lover, and if it is combined with nuts or fruit(as in chocolate covered cherries or candied orange peel dipped in chocolate), so much the better!
    I also want to thank you again for that great recipe booklet!

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  123. I’m really looking forward to the new book. I am a chocolate lover, and if it is combined with nuts or fruit(as in chocolate covered cherries or candied orange peel dipped in chocolate), so much the better!
    I also want to thank you again for that great recipe booklet!

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  124. I’m really looking forward to the new book. I am a chocolate lover, and if it is combined with nuts or fruit(as in chocolate covered cherries or candied orange peel dipped in chocolate), so much the better!
    I also want to thank you again for that great recipe booklet!

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  125. I’m really looking forward to the new book. I am a chocolate lover, and if it is combined with nuts or fruit(as in chocolate covered cherries or candied orange peel dipped in chocolate), so much the better!
    I also want to thank you again for that great recipe booklet!

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  126. You remember those lists of foods to begin feeding to babies? They usually start with rice, etc, but I’m pretty sure chocolate was first for all of my kids because their mother never let a day pass without a bit of chocolate in one form or other! I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one several years ago, and since then my options have grown more limited, but I’ve also found that truly well made chocolate has few ingredients and can taste absolutely sublime. An independent chocolate maker near me makes a bar with Kalamata olives, of all things, and it is divine. Andrea, I haven’t read your Lady Arianna mysteries yet, but they sound wonderful, and I’m adding them to my TBR mountain immediately.

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  127. You remember those lists of foods to begin feeding to babies? They usually start with rice, etc, but I’m pretty sure chocolate was first for all of my kids because their mother never let a day pass without a bit of chocolate in one form or other! I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one several years ago, and since then my options have grown more limited, but I’ve also found that truly well made chocolate has few ingredients and can taste absolutely sublime. An independent chocolate maker near me makes a bar with Kalamata olives, of all things, and it is divine. Andrea, I haven’t read your Lady Arianna mysteries yet, but they sound wonderful, and I’m adding them to my TBR mountain immediately.

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  128. You remember those lists of foods to begin feeding to babies? They usually start with rice, etc, but I’m pretty sure chocolate was first for all of my kids because their mother never let a day pass without a bit of chocolate in one form or other! I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one several years ago, and since then my options have grown more limited, but I’ve also found that truly well made chocolate has few ingredients and can taste absolutely sublime. An independent chocolate maker near me makes a bar with Kalamata olives, of all things, and it is divine. Andrea, I haven’t read your Lady Arianna mysteries yet, but they sound wonderful, and I’m adding them to my TBR mountain immediately.

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  129. You remember those lists of foods to begin feeding to babies? They usually start with rice, etc, but I’m pretty sure chocolate was first for all of my kids because their mother never let a day pass without a bit of chocolate in one form or other! I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one several years ago, and since then my options have grown more limited, but I’ve also found that truly well made chocolate has few ingredients and can taste absolutely sublime. An independent chocolate maker near me makes a bar with Kalamata olives, of all things, and it is divine. Andrea, I haven’t read your Lady Arianna mysteries yet, but they sound wonderful, and I’m adding them to my TBR mountain immediately.

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  130. You remember those lists of foods to begin feeding to babies? They usually start with rice, etc, but I’m pretty sure chocolate was first for all of my kids because their mother never let a day pass without a bit of chocolate in one form or other! I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one several years ago, and since then my options have grown more limited, but I’ve also found that truly well made chocolate has few ingredients and can taste absolutely sublime. An independent chocolate maker near me makes a bar with Kalamata olives, of all things, and it is divine. Andrea, I haven’t read your Lady Arianna mysteries yet, but they sound wonderful, and I’m adding them to my TBR mountain immediately.

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  131. Margaret, well-made chocolate is indeed a sublime treat. So different from commercial, highly sugared confections.
    The olive and chocolate combination sounds wonderful. (Salty things pair well with chocolate.) I have a recipe for a chocolate tart made with olive oil instead of butter (and almond flour instead of regular flour, so it’s also gluten free) It’s rich and wonderful!

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  132. Margaret, well-made chocolate is indeed a sublime treat. So different from commercial, highly sugared confections.
    The olive and chocolate combination sounds wonderful. (Salty things pair well with chocolate.) I have a recipe for a chocolate tart made with olive oil instead of butter (and almond flour instead of regular flour, so it’s also gluten free) It’s rich and wonderful!

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  133. Margaret, well-made chocolate is indeed a sublime treat. So different from commercial, highly sugared confections.
    The olive and chocolate combination sounds wonderful. (Salty things pair well with chocolate.) I have a recipe for a chocolate tart made with olive oil instead of butter (and almond flour instead of regular flour, so it’s also gluten free) It’s rich and wonderful!

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  134. Margaret, well-made chocolate is indeed a sublime treat. So different from commercial, highly sugared confections.
    The olive and chocolate combination sounds wonderful. (Salty things pair well with chocolate.) I have a recipe for a chocolate tart made with olive oil instead of butter (and almond flour instead of regular flour, so it’s also gluten free) It’s rich and wonderful!

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  135. Margaret, well-made chocolate is indeed a sublime treat. So different from commercial, highly sugared confections.
    The olive and chocolate combination sounds wonderful. (Salty things pair well with chocolate.) I have a recipe for a chocolate tart made with olive oil instead of butter (and almond flour instead of regular flour, so it’s also gluten free) It’s rich and wonderful!

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  136. My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate…the darker, the better. Best of all, I like the dark chocolate with cayenne pepper in it.
    My favorite books to relax with are historical mysteries. I’ve read a number of Andrea’s books and greatly enjoyed them, but haven’t read these yet. I’ll be purchasing them after I send out this comment.

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  137. My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate…the darker, the better. Best of all, I like the dark chocolate with cayenne pepper in it.
    My favorite books to relax with are historical mysteries. I’ve read a number of Andrea’s books and greatly enjoyed them, but haven’t read these yet. I’ll be purchasing them after I send out this comment.

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  138. My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate…the darker, the better. Best of all, I like the dark chocolate with cayenne pepper in it.
    My favorite books to relax with are historical mysteries. I’ve read a number of Andrea’s books and greatly enjoyed them, but haven’t read these yet. I’ll be purchasing them after I send out this comment.

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  139. My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate…the darker, the better. Best of all, I like the dark chocolate with cayenne pepper in it.
    My favorite books to relax with are historical mysteries. I’ve read a number of Andrea’s books and greatly enjoyed them, but haven’t read these yet. I’ll be purchasing them after I send out this comment.

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  140. My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate…the darker, the better. Best of all, I like the dark chocolate with cayenne pepper in it.
    My favorite books to relax with are historical mysteries. I’ve read a number of Andrea’s books and greatly enjoyed them, but haven’t read these yet. I’ll be purchasing them after I send out this comment.

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  141. Ooh, this is the Q I was scanning the comments for – if the series was going to go into audio or print editions – as being a traditional reader of these formats, it is something I like to ask myself. I never mind the extra waiting period either – having said that, in recent years, since [2016] I’ve become quite the audiobook reader! I find audio versions are a calming presence and a brilliant way to reduce chronic migraines when you switch from reading print with the fierce passion I have for those editions! I shall be equally thankful to learn when this goes into audio!!!

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  142. Ooh, this is the Q I was scanning the comments for – if the series was going to go into audio or print editions – as being a traditional reader of these formats, it is something I like to ask myself. I never mind the extra waiting period either – having said that, in recent years, since [2016] I’ve become quite the audiobook reader! I find audio versions are a calming presence and a brilliant way to reduce chronic migraines when you switch from reading print with the fierce passion I have for those editions! I shall be equally thankful to learn when this goes into audio!!!

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  143. Ooh, this is the Q I was scanning the comments for – if the series was going to go into audio or print editions – as being a traditional reader of these formats, it is something I like to ask myself. I never mind the extra waiting period either – having said that, in recent years, since [2016] I’ve become quite the audiobook reader! I find audio versions are a calming presence and a brilliant way to reduce chronic migraines when you switch from reading print with the fierce passion I have for those editions! I shall be equally thankful to learn when this goes into audio!!!

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  144. Ooh, this is the Q I was scanning the comments for – if the series was going to go into audio or print editions – as being a traditional reader of these formats, it is something I like to ask myself. I never mind the extra waiting period either – having said that, in recent years, since [2016] I’ve become quite the audiobook reader! I find audio versions are a calming presence and a brilliant way to reduce chronic migraines when you switch from reading print with the fierce passion I have for those editions! I shall be equally thankful to learn when this goes into audio!!!

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  145. Ooh, this is the Q I was scanning the comments for – if the series was going to go into audio or print editions – as being a traditional reader of these formats, it is something I like to ask myself. I never mind the extra waiting period either – having said that, in recent years, since [2016] I’ve become quite the audiobook reader! I find audio versions are a calming presence and a brilliant way to reduce chronic migraines when you switch from reading print with the fierce passion I have for those editions! I shall be equally thankful to learn when this goes into audio!!!

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  146. Hallo, Hallo Ms Penrose,
    I wanted to add this is a particular favourite sub-genre of mine – the Cosy Historical Mysteries, wherein I find the most joy truly is being caught up inside the author’s vision for the world but also how wickedly strong the female leads are to read about! I have several beloved series I am following (ie. Lady Darby, Anna Blanc, the Hiro Hattori novels, Verity Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Beth Crawford, Marjorie Trumaine, Lady Campion, Edith Head/Lillian Frost, Willa Cather/Edith Lewis, etc) – some of these are set more in the 20th Century rather than the historical past.
    As soon as I read the premise behind yours, including the takeaway of ‘Austen vs Bond’, I must admit, I was instantly in love with your concept! The fact your series is a foodie heaven made it even a sweeter surprise discovery! I love when serial fiction takes on a flair of foodie delights – mostly as being a foodie, what is a better inclusion?
    I admit, I do love decadent chocolate deserts – a favourite is served at a pub, which combines chocolate and liqueur inside of a sinfully divine cupcake!
    Sounds like a wicked good series to begin! I eagerly await word of the audios!

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  147. Hallo, Hallo Ms Penrose,
    I wanted to add this is a particular favourite sub-genre of mine – the Cosy Historical Mysteries, wherein I find the most joy truly is being caught up inside the author’s vision for the world but also how wickedly strong the female leads are to read about! I have several beloved series I am following (ie. Lady Darby, Anna Blanc, the Hiro Hattori novels, Verity Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Beth Crawford, Marjorie Trumaine, Lady Campion, Edith Head/Lillian Frost, Willa Cather/Edith Lewis, etc) – some of these are set more in the 20th Century rather than the historical past.
    As soon as I read the premise behind yours, including the takeaway of ‘Austen vs Bond’, I must admit, I was instantly in love with your concept! The fact your series is a foodie heaven made it even a sweeter surprise discovery! I love when serial fiction takes on a flair of foodie delights – mostly as being a foodie, what is a better inclusion?
    I admit, I do love decadent chocolate deserts – a favourite is served at a pub, which combines chocolate and liqueur inside of a sinfully divine cupcake!
    Sounds like a wicked good series to begin! I eagerly await word of the audios!

    Reply
  148. Hallo, Hallo Ms Penrose,
    I wanted to add this is a particular favourite sub-genre of mine – the Cosy Historical Mysteries, wherein I find the most joy truly is being caught up inside the author’s vision for the world but also how wickedly strong the female leads are to read about! I have several beloved series I am following (ie. Lady Darby, Anna Blanc, the Hiro Hattori novels, Verity Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Beth Crawford, Marjorie Trumaine, Lady Campion, Edith Head/Lillian Frost, Willa Cather/Edith Lewis, etc) – some of these are set more in the 20th Century rather than the historical past.
    As soon as I read the premise behind yours, including the takeaway of ‘Austen vs Bond’, I must admit, I was instantly in love with your concept! The fact your series is a foodie heaven made it even a sweeter surprise discovery! I love when serial fiction takes on a flair of foodie delights – mostly as being a foodie, what is a better inclusion?
    I admit, I do love decadent chocolate deserts – a favourite is served at a pub, which combines chocolate and liqueur inside of a sinfully divine cupcake!
    Sounds like a wicked good series to begin! I eagerly await word of the audios!

    Reply
  149. Hallo, Hallo Ms Penrose,
    I wanted to add this is a particular favourite sub-genre of mine – the Cosy Historical Mysteries, wherein I find the most joy truly is being caught up inside the author’s vision for the world but also how wickedly strong the female leads are to read about! I have several beloved series I am following (ie. Lady Darby, Anna Blanc, the Hiro Hattori novels, Verity Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Beth Crawford, Marjorie Trumaine, Lady Campion, Edith Head/Lillian Frost, Willa Cather/Edith Lewis, etc) – some of these are set more in the 20th Century rather than the historical past.
    As soon as I read the premise behind yours, including the takeaway of ‘Austen vs Bond’, I must admit, I was instantly in love with your concept! The fact your series is a foodie heaven made it even a sweeter surprise discovery! I love when serial fiction takes on a flair of foodie delights – mostly as being a foodie, what is a better inclusion?
    I admit, I do love decadent chocolate deserts – a favourite is served at a pub, which combines chocolate and liqueur inside of a sinfully divine cupcake!
    Sounds like a wicked good series to begin! I eagerly await word of the audios!

    Reply
  150. Hallo, Hallo Ms Penrose,
    I wanted to add this is a particular favourite sub-genre of mine – the Cosy Historical Mysteries, wherein I find the most joy truly is being caught up inside the author’s vision for the world but also how wickedly strong the female leads are to read about! I have several beloved series I am following (ie. Lady Darby, Anna Blanc, the Hiro Hattori novels, Verity Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Beth Crawford, Marjorie Trumaine, Lady Campion, Edith Head/Lillian Frost, Willa Cather/Edith Lewis, etc) – some of these are set more in the 20th Century rather than the historical past.
    As soon as I read the premise behind yours, including the takeaway of ‘Austen vs Bond’, I must admit, I was instantly in love with your concept! The fact your series is a foodie heaven made it even a sweeter surprise discovery! I love when serial fiction takes on a flair of foodie delights – mostly as being a foodie, what is a better inclusion?
    I admit, I do love decadent chocolate deserts – a favourite is served at a pub, which combines chocolate and liqueur inside of a sinfully divine cupcake!
    Sounds like a wicked good series to begin! I eagerly await word of the audios!

    Reply

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