The Cocoa Conspiracy (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery #2)

The Cocoa Conspiracy (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery #2) Chocolate Mixed With Conspiracy Is A Recipe For Death Lady Arianna Hadley, Now The Countess Of Saybrook, Is Slowly Settling Into Married Life With Her New Husband, The Earl Of Saybrook To Celebrate His Birthday, She Finds The Perfect Gift A Rare Volume Of Botanical Engravings On Theobroma Cacao, Or Chocolate But She Is Forced To Fight Off A Mysterious Stranger Who Tries To Steal It Away From HerThe Incident Is Forgotten Until Arianna And Saybrook Are Asked To Attend A Gathering Of International Dignitaries At A Country Estate, Where She Is Shocked To Discover That Her Erstwhile Assailant Is Among The Guests But Other Events Quickly Prove Even Ominous And When The Chocolate Book Yields A Bitter Surprise, Someone They Hold Dear Is Incriminated In A Plot To Betray Great Britain At The Upcoming Peace Congress In Vienna Murder, Treason, Money, Power Once Again, Arianna And Saybrook Find Themselves Drawn Into A Deadly Web Of International Intrigue To Unmask The Real Traitor, They Journey To Vienna Where Amidst The Seductive Pomp And Pageantry Of Europe S Reigning Royalty They Must Root Out A Cunning Conspiracy Armed Only With Their Wits And Their Expertise In Chocolate

Andrea Penrose is the bestselling author of Regency era historical fiction, including the acclaimed Wrexford Sloane mystery series, as well as Regency romances written under the names Cara Elliott and Andrea Pickens Published internationally in ten languages, she is a three time RITA Award finalist and the recipient of numerous writing awards, including two Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Hist

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  • The Cocoa Conspiracy (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery #2)
  • Andrea Penrose
  • English
  • 20 October 2018

10 thoughts on “The Cocoa Conspiracy (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery #2)

  1. says:

    I had just finished the Lenora Bell and her book and this book were about the same event in history It was weird and cool at the same time, because I wasn t lost about the event and even knew where the dastardly deed was going to take place The Spanish Riding School, I would have liked to have saw that.

  2. says:

    Interesting, the slang and heroes may not be in tone with the setting there is useful info dumps in between the action pieces.

  3. says:

    The puns ruined this book for me I really liked the first one because I thought it was interesting that there was a strong female character who was kind of a cold hearted bitch but still warm enough to fall for the hero.So naturally I was excited to read another story with the Ice Princess Arianna my own term and the Sexy Spanish Prince Sandro also my term coming together to solve a mystery that in the process allows them to get closer together.Welp, it didn t happen in this book.In this book the character development was relegated to the background and any sort of closeness was described in a sentence while the plot was heavy on the puns and littered with heavy pieces of history I understand that it s a historical fiction mystery I didn t realize it was a history book, which has its own place in my pantheon of reading.I don t have the book on me to give you a play by play of the whole sections that seem to be full of information that was disseminated in such a clunky fashion and neither can I show you the constant play on words Shakespeare this is not but trust me You ll notice it right away.Which is a shame because the characters and the world building were shrouded in bits that were too dense and slightly boring At other times it was woefully melodramatic.This book is what happens when the Pink Carnation series.The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and the Lady Julia Grey series Silent on the Moor get together and have a drunken night of unprotected sex and hand the baby to a fourteen year old babysitter to raise instead of an adult.Now, don t get me wrong This isn t a bad book and the author isn t unskilled In fact this has little to do with the author as I feel that the content editor should have caught most of these little things and sent it back for a rewrite.This is what I came away from this book which made me go meh when I was finished I want to know about the characters that are driving this story If the pov s are between these characters I want to care about them again I want to know why they re together, I want them to get closer and I want to feel connected to the mystery The whole book picked up about thirty pages from the end and that s not enough for me I need More Henning Please let Arianna punch Grentham in the mouth just once please Give Arianna guns, she s awesome with them Let Arianna and Sandro have a conversation like the one in the carriage in which they are speaking honestly to each other Have Sando have to play the doxy at least once I want to meet Antonia, I wonder if there s going to be a scandal involving her Is Mellon just a tightass or does he have a reason for disapproving Arianna As you can see, while I wasn t firmly engaged in this book, I was engaged enough thank you last 1 3 of the book and I hope that the next book gets rid of the plays on words and the puns PLEASE It s not cute.

  4. says:

    Even worse on audio than the first was in print Mary Sarah reads this breathlessly, as though she is reading erotica The characters have truly odd accents, including our hero who has what must be intended as a Spanish accent, somewhat nonsensically did the narrator read the first book , as does the heroine, also mostly nonsensically Hennings, the Scot, ventures into pirate territory frequently The French Comte is frequently Polish, the Czar is some kind of Walter Slezak in The Inspector General impersonator I prefer accents to differentiate characters rather than straight reading but not if they are so muddled that the wrong characters pick up piracy during the conversation The way Sarah reads the word chocolate makes me feel quite icky and I can only recommend that her manager arrange plenty of hard core romance to make the most of her talents.The story is very bad also, stringing out the romance between our now married heroine and hero, setting them up as blackmailed into spying, first by family and then by the spider spy master There s clearly research behind this but it ends up messy, difficult to follow, and boring This author s other mystery series is good enough that the weakness of this one seems odd Is there an editor who deserves co author credit somewhere Bleh I want to go wash and tragically never eat tchocolatehh again.

  5. says:

    This book was just as action packed with an easier plot to follow Unfortunately, cliches, puns and chocolate was still in abundance Even still, I really enjoyed it I would like to see the relationship develop This book would easily be a 4 4.5 if not for the excessive cliches, puns and chocolate tbh.3.5 for story and narration

  6. says:

    Forrest Gump is famous for telling others at the bus stop, My momma always said, Life was like a box of chocolates You never know what you re gonna get In the case of an Andrea Penrose book, you know exactly what you will get a Regency mystery laced with charming characters and witty dialogue.We first meet Lady Arianna and Alessandro de Quincy, Earl of Saybrook, in Andrea Penrose s SWEET REVENGE They return as newlyweds in THE COCOA CONSPIRACY Arianna is still a quirky fish out of water among the ton yet Sandro loves her all the No sooner do they settle into their married life, academic pursuits, and chocolate delights, a mystery blows their way When Arianna purchases a rare book with intricate engravings of Theobroma Cacao cocoa tree for Sandro s birthday, she stumbles into a political conspiracy that follows them to a house party Arianna then realizes the explosive nature of her recent purchase Once again, Arianna and Sandro team up to solve the mystery while maintaining their precarious standing in society.Penrose excels in taking the reader back to Regency England She doesn t miss a beat by adding a host of nontraditional characters who contribute to or help solve the book s mystery Penrose also dishes up a side story the growing romance between the married couple In fact, her characters are the cocoa of her stories they are the bitter sweet flavor that addicts us to Regency England An added bonus is Arianna s chocolate recipes that introduce each chapter the recipes hint at the action to come And the action does come the story draws the reader into the historic events during Regency England, including the Congress of Vienna The pi ce de r sistance is Penrose s voice Her witty dialogue makes the oddball couple real to readers It inspired me to root for them as they worked through their flaws though humorous interchanges Penrose s dialogue becomes the music for the reader to dance through the story as Arianna and Sandro embrace pomp, circumstance, and conspiracy Theobroma is a combination of Greek words that translate to food of the gods THE COCOA CONSPIRACY is a feast for Regency fans It is a must read for fans of Jane Austen and Amanda Quick.

  7. says:

    THE COCOA CONSPIRACY written by Andrea PenroseA Lady Arianna Hadley Regency Mystery12 11 Penguin Group USA Mass Market Paperback, 336 pagesWhat truly is sweeter the smell of money or the taste of chocolate Arianna Hadley is now The Countess of Saybrook but that has not slowed down her love of creating a chocolate convection or solving a great mystery Her husband Alessandro Henry George De Quincy, the fifth Earl of Saybrook is very fond of the chocolate delights she masterfully executes, and less fond of her ability to wind up on the wrong end of a pistol The woman is a complete confusion of emotions for him but love does have a way of muddying the waters and stirring up all things primal in a male.Saybrook is still in his spy element and trying to keep Arianna out of it but to no avail as a string of coincidental events have had Arianna uncovering paperwork While shopping for a book Arianna finds information about a potential traitor and destruction of the delicate peace being brokered between warring nations Europe is ready to explode and the papers Arianna has found might be able to defuse the situation if the correct steps are taken to prevent an eruption Saybrook is being pushed to take part of this complex and complicated web of treason and terror with Arianna by his side, which is something he savors but still wishes to protect her completely There is a spy playing catch me if you can, a set of egos too big to fit through any door, and people that hold the fate of the world in their deceitful hands, which is just another day for Arianna and Saybrook.Andrea Penrose is a mastermind at creating the perfect recipe of chocolate and mystery in just the correct equal part This second book in the Lady Arianna Hadley series is rich with dangerous plots, dastardly characters, and the smell of something wonderful baking in the oven Arianna is as strong in her beliefs with never a question of her love and loyalty to Saybrook Their devotion to one another is the tenderness we all crave combined with a touch of bittersweet just to keep you on your toes.

  8. says:

    Still vastly enjoying this and fwiw i m listening to the audiobooks, which i find riveting and not distracting, cloying, or unskillfully done at all, so i ve missed whatever editing mistakes others may have caught The history lessons were a bit heavy handed and exposition y in this one, which made most of the clues in this light mystery a bit obvious Like everyone else I wanted romance and chemistry between hero heroine but WHATEVER, THEY LL GET THERE, i m content, give me chocolate.

  9. says:

    DNF 7% I know that s faster than I usually give up on a book, but a lot of bad things happened in these few pages The word quixotic is definitely misused amidst some awkward dialogue, and a Regency era countess has a physical fight with a foreigner in a bookshop and everyone seems okay with this I remember liking the first book in this series well enough, but I can t do this one.

  10. says:

    I liked this one even than the first one I am really enjoying how their relationship is slowly unfolding and the mystery was quite good Can t wait for the next one

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