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Sweet Revenge

A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Lady Arianna Hadley's desire for revenge has brought her back to London from exile in the West Indies. Determined to find the men responsible for her disgraced father's murder, she disguises herself as a man and contrives to be hired as a chef in one of London's aristocratic households. But when the prince regent is poisoned by Arianna's special chocolate dessert, she finds her own quest has become intertwined with a far more deadly intrigue.  

Because of his expertise in chocolate, the earl of Saybrook is asked by the government to investigate the crime. Though he, too, is fighting inner demons, he reluctantly agrees. His first confrontation with Arianna has them at daggers drawn. But when someone tries to kill them both, they become reluctant allies in the hunt to discover what evil is afoot.   

As their investigation takes them from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St. Giles, they uncover a cunning plan of fraud that could throw the government into chaos. Determined to bring the culprits to justice, they set an elaborate trap, but they find themselves dancing on a razor's edge - and one false step will prove fatal....

©2011 Andrea DaRif (P)2018 Tantor

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Takes getting used to...

I like mysteries, intrigues and who dunnits. Yet this was so disjointed that it took several relistens to the first 3 chapters to bed itself in me. I confess that I soon tired of the ‘Chocolate Diary’ introduction to each chapter - I found that it didn’t add anything to the story for me - I fast forwarded by 30 seconds each time.

The plot was (unnecessarily) complicated & unsatisfying. That said, I shall read the next book to make up my mind on whether I should continue with this series. I can only urge you to try this for yourself to determine if we think alike...

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Annoying narrator

I loved the story but the narration spoiled it for me. It was extremely distracting. I would have returned it but couldn’t find how. But not because of the storyline.

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A Regency suspense filled rollercoaster!

Superb book. A Regency delight packed full of murder, suspense, Mystery and Romance. The Narrator was seductive in both Male & Female form...Lovers of Captain Lacey Mysteries will equally be enthralled by this book. Please Ms Penrose, keep on writing! ;-)

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  • puplhunt
  • 01-09-18

Ugh! Horrible narration

Narration swings from whispering so low you cannot hear to shouting. Narrator struggles with male voices. The ‘hero’ sounds as if he has a vocal impediment. I think he was supposed to sound soft, gruff and masculine ....NOT!! The heroine sounds like a shrew... the roller coaster of conversation volume combined with the monotone of descriptive passages is very annoying. I have lost interest in how this one ends ....good luck!

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  • janet
  • 19-09-18

I couldn't get past the narrator's voice

I tried....I really did....but, I just couldn't get past the narration. Half the time I couldn't hear what the narrator was saying and the other times I couldn't understand what the narrator was saying. I just cut it off.

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  • CostumeDramaQueen
  • 28-11-19

Interesting story horrible narrator

The story is good but the narrator is horrible. She drags out every word and the accents are horrible. I plodded through it but found my mind wandering and fast forwarding because the narrator was so boring

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  • ISABEL
  • 07-05-19

Great Story

Loves the book and the characters- was only slightly annoyed by the terrible Spanish accent used for Dona Maria Castellano- otherwise- excellent!