A Taste for Nightshade



A Taste for Nightshade Manchester When Budding Young Criminal Mary Jebb Swindles Michael Croxon S Brother With A Blank Pound Note, He Chases Her Into The Night And Sets In Motion A Train Of Sinister Events Condemned To Seven Years Of Transportation To Australia, Mary Sends Him A Penny Heart A Token Of Her Vow Of RevengeTwo Years Later, Michael Marries Na Ve Young Grace Moore Although Initially Overjoyed At The Union, Grace Quickly Realizes That Her Husband Is Interested In Her Fortune Than Her Company Lonely And Desperate For Companionship, She Turns To Her New Cook To Help Mend Her Ailing Marriage But Mary Jebb, Shipwrecked, Maltreated, And Recently Hired, Has Different Plans For The Unsuspecting Owners Of Delafosse HallA Taste For Nightshade Is A Thrilling Historical Novel That Combines Recipes, Mystery And A Dark Struggle Between Two Desperate Women, Sure To Appeal To Fans Of Sarah Waters And Carolly Erickson

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • A Taste for Nightshade
  • Martine Bailey
  • English
  • 10 August 2018
  • 1250056926

10 thoughts on “A Taste for Nightshade

  1. MomToKippy says:

    4.5Foodie historical fiction has to be one of my very favorite genres So much so that I started a list in listopia for these Alas, they are few and far between I was so happy to see that Martine Bailey had written another one of these after her very enjoyable An Appetite for Violets Such an interesting era too late 1700s England Georgian As in the first novel, each chapter begins with a recipe reflecting the period and the mood with a tie in to the story The successful recipe for her wr 4.5Foodie historical fiction has to be one of my very favorite genres So much so that I started a list in listopia for these Alas, they are few and far between I was so happy to see that Martine Bailey had written another one of these after her very enjoyable An Appetite for Violets Such an interesting era too late 1700s England Georgian As in the first novel, each chapter begins with a recipe reflecting the period and the mood with a tie in to the story The successful recipe for her writing includes period atmosphere, wonderful crazy characterization, strong but believable imperfect women, some romance, mystery, nail biting adventure, creepy old estates What could be better Nothing I devoured both of these delicious tomes Please keep writing these Ms Bailey and hope everyone gets a chance to try one out She takes two women s stories that couldn t bedifferent and they gradually converge with explosive results So many twists and turns in the story to keep you guessing Though I had a good idea who was doing the dirty deeds all along it was always a surprise as to how things played out Both these novels are clean but with a few gory events to give you chills She uses the language and terminology of the era to great effect, though I am no expert on that but it works As in the first novel, many of the characters are from the working class so colorful She even includes citations at the end of the book to reflect her research Excellent and fun

  2. Rebecca Foster says:

    3.5 Time devours all things love and murder and secrets. I loved Bailey s first novel, last year s An Appetite for Violets My description of that one lively, well researched historical fiction, seasoned with mystery and culinary tradition is apt here, although this doesn t quite live up to her debut As in Violets, the setting is the English Midlands in the late eighteenth century, and one of the main characters is a cook at a grand home However, whereas cook Biddy Leigh herself was 3.5 Time devours all things love and murder and secrets. I loved Bailey s first novel, last year s An Appetite for Violets My description of that one lively, well researched historical fiction, seasoned with mystery and culinary tradition is apt here, although this doesn t quite live up to her debut As in Violets, the setting is the English Midlands in the late eighteenth century, and one of the main characters is a cook at a grand home However, whereas cook Biddy Leigh herself was the narrator of Violets, through journal entries, here the first person perspective is that of the mistress of Delafosse Hall in Greaves, Lancashire , Grace Croxon.After being dissuaded from making an unfortunate love match, Grace has been pressed into marriage with Michael Croxon, a brooding, almost possessed character It soon becomes clear that his affections lie elsewhere and he has married Grace for her money, which will fund his ill fated attempt to set up a mill My favorite section of the book is the middle, in which Grace is like the Gothic heroine trapped in a spooky house with a distant husband and all kinds of strange goings on that she doesn t understand She reminded me most of the protagonist of Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca.At the same time as Grace is trying to figure out what is happening at Delafosse, we also learn the surprising story of how Peg Blissett came to be the Croxons new cook Under another name, she suffered tremendous trials, including transportation to Australia and a dramatic escape to live with New Zealand natives She also lost her true love, Jack, and on her return to England determines to have her revenge on the man responsible for sending to prison.It takes a while to figure out how Peg s story ties in with Grace and Michael s, and the plot gets very melodramatic towards the end, with hints of the Victorian sensation novel, but overall it s a satisfying and atmospheric tale It s mostly in comparison with Violets that I locate this book s weaknesses a first person narrative from Peg would have beeninteresting, as well as fairer to her own story and she would seem less like a pantomime villainess towards the end and the date and place information plus recipes heading each section feel largely unnecessary, whereas they were integral to the previous book.I kept getting a funny feeling as I was reading that this book must have been written first and later revised to capitalize on the success of Violets, which might account for the way that the culinary theme seems slightly shoehorned in here Still, Bailey comes up with memorable characters and plots, with the kinds of twists and turns that keep you wondering where it will all lead I hope that her third novel will break new ground rather than just repeating themes and structures she s used before I was delighted to win a free copy through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Originally published with images at my blog, Bookish Beck

  3. MaryannC.Book Fiend says:

    This was yet another fantastic yarn woven by Martine Bailey that surprises you with every twist and turn as the story unravels and reveals itself Just when I thought the characters and storyline were figured out at certain points in the book, it was like wow They took another direction This was an intricately thought up storyline that I absolutely enjoyed

  4. Louisa Treger says:

    I loved An Appetite for Violets , and was eager to read Martine Bailey s second novel The Penny Heart is a strong successor atmospheric, dramatic and haunting There are characteristics common to both books beautiful writing, sumptuous and vivid period detail that instantly transports you to the eighteenth century, and a fast moving, constantly surprising plot Both are written in the Culinary gothic style a term coined by Faye Weldon especially for Bailey s writing There are eighteen I loved An Appetite for Violets , and was eager to read Martine Bailey s second novel The Penny Heart is a strong successor atmospheric, dramatic and haunting There are characteristics common to both books beautiful writing, sumptuous and vivid period detail that instantly transports you to the eighteenth century, and a fast moving, constantly surprising plot Both are written in the Culinary gothic style a term coined by Faye Weldon especially for Bailey s writing There are eighteenth century recipes at the start of each chapter, and food plays a significant part throughout.The Penny Heart is darker in tone than An Appetite for Violets, yet there is redemption at the end From the first page, Bailey creates a sinister atmosphere, as two brothers are tricked and robbed by a woman on the streets of Manchester She is Mary Jebb, an orphan who was raised in The Life, Manchester s criminal underworld As punishment for the robbery, Mary is deported to the Australian colonies, where she loses everything that made life worth living, except a burning desire for revengeGrace Moore leads a desperately unhappy life, caring for her brutal, alcoholic father She marries Michael Croxon, though she hardly knows him, to get away However, Michael is not everything he seems Grace must shed her naivety and rely increasingly on her wits in orer to survive.The novel has a clever structure, with alternating chapters written from Mary s and Grace s point of view Bailey cleverly builds suspense, keeping the reader one step ahead of Grace at all times, yet not far ahead enough to know what is going to happen The action moves from the slums of Manchester to the Australian penal colonies to New Zealand s Maori tribes Bailey has a fine eye for place, vividly describing each setting.Grace and Mary are completely different characters, yet both are strong and memorable It is part of the magic of Bailey s writing that you sympathise with Mary, while being aware of her wickedness.This is a highly recommended novel that lingers in the mind long after you have finished reading I am already looking forward to Martine Bailey s next book

  5. Pat says:

    A great historical suspense thriller, full of surprises.Won this novel in Goodreads First read giveaway.Will recommend this book to all who enjoy historical novels.

  6. Martine Bailey says:

    A Taste for Nightshade A Novel titled The Penny Heart in the UK and Commonwealth is my second novel, following my debut, An Appetite for Violets It again explores culinary crime, in a dark tale of two very different women entangled by love and revenge The novel s inspiration came to me while I was house swapping in New Zealand, after my son and his partner were involved in the Christchurch earthquake Though they were thankfully unharmed, we decided to spend precious time together that ulti A Taste for Nightshade A Novel titled The Penny Heart in the UK and Commonwealth is my second novel, following my debut, An Appetite for Violets It again explores culinary crime, in a dark tale of two very different women entangled by love and revenge The novel s inspiration came to me while I was house swapping in New Zealand, after my son and his partner were involved in the Christchurch earthquake Though they were thankfully unharmed, we decided to spend precious time together that ultimately extended to nearly two years At the same time my literary agent was asking for a new story idea I found myself standing on a beach on the remote East Cape looking out over the wild Pacific What, I asked myself, would life have been like on that spot, back in the eighteenth century In 1788 a remarkable experiment had taken place, to transportthan 1,000 convicted criminals, marines and seamen from Britain to the harsh unknown of Australia truly the Georgian equivalent of a trip to the moon Few prisoners escaped the penal colony so I was especially intrigued by Mary Broad, a Cornishwoman who stole a boat and eventually returned to England.But what if a storm had sent an escapee to where I stood on my beach in New Zealand That land had been settled by Maori, a warrior like people with rich mythologies and customs Contact with Europeans had ranged from friendly trading to murderous attacks by both sides A small number of European women were captured by Maori and these were an influence on A Taste for Nightshade.Rapidly Mary, my charismatic convict cook formed in my head My aim was to write a twisting crime mystery that looked into the darkest corners of the kitchen A wicked cook preparing meals down in the depths of the home had always struck me as a powerful idea Unknown to her mistress, na ve Grace Moore, her cook is a confidence trickster who compiles secret remedies , poisons and aphrodisiacs to gain power over the innocent I again set an authentic recipe to preface each chapter, such as Poppy Drops to make the imbiber sleep, or old wives cordials made from narcotic herbs.Much of A Taste for Nightshade is set in dilapidated, isolated Delafosse Hall, where Grace finds herself so lonely she turns to her new cook for companionship But Mary, brutalized and embittered, has different plans for her unsuspecting mistress and husband I hope you enjoy this historical mystery and find your sympathies wavering, as mine did, between good and sensitive Grace as she is pitted against Mary whose cleverness and strength have been earned at such a high price I did have a long struggle over the ending and I hope you agree with my final decision about which woman mistress or servant should finally prevail

  7. Leah says:

    Books so firmly in that grey middle area of decent are the hardest for me to discuss and I ve held off on reviewing this one for that very reason I just don t have anything to say and what I have said has only been after grasping at the oh so weak opinions I managed to form Yes, I was easily able to walk away from or altogether ignore this book Yes, when I actually did sit down I found myself enjoying the story That said, there were some problems that kept me from really getting into this bo Books so firmly in that grey middle area of decent are the hardest for me to discuss and I ve held off on reviewing this one for that very reason I just don t have anything to say and what I have said has only been after grasping at the oh so weak opinions I managed to form Yes, I was easily able to walk away from or altogether ignore this book Yes, when I actually did sit down I found myself enjoying the story That said, there were some problems that kept me from really getting into this book and investing in the lives of these characters A Taste for Nightshade was just okay and that s so disappointing to me For the full review and , head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby

  8. Beadyjan says:

    I KNEW I was going to love this one, from the enticing description to the delicious cover I was captivated from the first sentence, and entranced throughout.I m a sucker for a very particular kind of historical novel, it must have a ring of authenticity, a strong female protagonist or two and a quirky, thrilling storyline What it mustn t be is a bodice ripper, fluffy and feminine, an insipid romance.The Penny heart ticked all my boxes, seized me by the wrist and dragged me back in time to the I KNEW I was going to love this one, from the enticing description to the delicious cover I was captivated from the first sentence, and entranced throughout.I m a sucker for a very particular kind of historical novel, it must have a ring of authenticity, a strong female protagonist or two and a quirky, thrilling storyline What it mustn t be is a bodice ripper, fluffy and feminine, an insipid romance.The Penny heart ticked all my boxes, seized me by the wrist and dragged me back in time to the late 18th century where it beguiled me throughout I was introduced to not one substantial female but two and immersed in the decaying grandeur of a crumbling mansion, presented with mystery upon mystery and whisked back and forth between here, and Botany Bay penal colony.The two fascinating females are Mary Jebb, a cunning and enterprising orphan with skill at impersonating her betters and conning people Her immersion into the criminal underworld of Manchester leads to her downfall when she is caught mid scam and punished with a death sentence from which a last minute reprieve sees her instead transported to Australia Life here is cruel, brutal and unforgiving, so it s hardly surprising that she carries with her a desire for vengeance which gives her the strength to seek it out.Meanwhile gentle, innocent, Grace Croxon, a dreamy artistic girl whose only burning desire is to escape the life of drudgery she endures at the hands of her spiteful alcoholic father who constantly belittles her every attempt to make something of herself Salvation is offered in the guise of marriage to one Micheal Croxon and although they have barely met, she is relieved when he turns out to be handsome and debonair, that she feels an instant attraction to him seems to be the icing on her cake or will it be her downfall In the faded grandeur of neglected, semi derelict mansion DeLaFosse Hall the two womens lives evenually cross paths and we begin to unravel a mystery which keeps us guessing throughout the book.Each chapter is preceded by a recipe which features in the following chapter and as they become increasinglybizarre I found it fun to try and guess just how and where this particular receipt would appear in the storyline.The mystery is cleverly written and I went from being gently guided along and thinking maybe really nothing much was happening, to whoah, hold on, I wasn t expecting this The beauty lies in two admirably created characters and a strong sense of place and authenticity I loved the book and felt quite bereft on finishing it May I give my hearfelt thanks to the author Martine Bailey for very kindly providing me with a copy to review and for entertaining and enthralling me with her delicious storytelling skill

  9. Anne says:

    I don t read a very much historical fiction It s not that I don t like it I do pick up timeslip novels from time to time, and there s nothing I like better than a book set in a dual timeframe, but historical novels just haven t been showing up on my radar recently But I m really glad I tried this one I thoroughly enjoyed it.The first thing that struck me was the quality of the writing I have no idea how the author achieved it, but this book manages to create the impression that this is a I don t read a very much historical fiction It s not that I don t like it I do pick up timeslip novels from time to time, and there s nothing I like better than a book set in a dual timeframe, but historical novels just haven t been showing up on my radar recently But I m really glad I tried this one I thoroughly enjoyed it.The first thing that struck me was the quality of the writing I have no idea how the author achieved it, but this book manages to create the impression that this is a novel of its eighteenth century age But that doesn t mean it s a difficult read in any way just that the first person voice of Grace seems amazingly authentic The narrative shifts between first and third person, as we also follow the story of Mary Jebb, her deportation to the colonies and her return with its dramatic consequences The whole structure really works, particularly as the stories begin to dovetail And I loved the recipes that open each chapter, each meal or slightly bizarre concoction then featured in the chapter that follows Both the women characters are quite wonderfully drawn Grace has a really endearing innocence and trusting naivety until, of course, she realises that her trust is dreadfully misplaced And as for Mary she draws the eye in every scene, a magnetic presence as the story twists and turns with its layers of treachery and betrayal The whole book draws superbly on gothic tradition, with Delafosse Hall a vividly drawn warren of dark cellars, tunnels and creaking staircases, with thick foliage darkening its windows And I also liked the introduction of the North s industrial past and the way the book dealt with the realities of imprisonment, deportation, the conditions in the penal colonies and what might be the dire consequences of encountering the tribes of New Zealand.The story was really excellent, totally gripping, building to the most perfect climax Because I thought the book might be slightly outside my comfort zone, I d rather expected to take several days over the reading I really didn t think I d be reading it into the early hours, just onechapter and several, to find out exactly where the story was going I d recommend this book to anyone it promised love, deception and revenge, and all three are quite magnificently delivered by a very skilled story teller A really gorgeous read

  10. Jeanette says:

    This beginning and up to the half way point was 4 plus star it was interesting in both plot and placements York and the countryside of Yorkshire But also in the urban centers of the late 1780 s and early 1790 s in England for the most impoverished and also for the gentile, but unconnected women Either orphaned or by fate left to make their own way to a living With the introductions of recipes for that age for each chapter in which that particular dish was served Yes, quite detailed to scru This beginning and up to the half way point was 4 plus star it was interesting in both plot and placements York and the countryside of Yorkshire But also in the urban centers of the late 1780 s and early 1790 s in England for the most impoverished and also for the gentile, but unconnected women Either orphaned or by fate left to make their own way to a living With the introductions of recipes for that age for each chapter in which that particular dish was served Yes, quite detailed to scrumptious or devious or odious Or perhaps,apt to say that in some portions there may consist a pound or two of each In some tinctures and cordials, there may even be a deadly couple of ounces As some Nightshade elixir for a pleasant sleep.The minutia of detail for the food, the transport of the time, the law, the dress, the method of work and distraction those were a full 4 star plus But what took away an entire star for me was the length and the order For a full 100 pages from 300 to 400 I was fully in Yorkshire but also far at sea Flashbacks to flash forwards to multiple namings one character has 3 alias identities and a sequence shift so severe that at two different spots I no longer knew what continent I was on New South Wales holds about a quarter of the story and eventual motive plotting There is a madness here that is rather visible And another case that is nearly entirely hidden under savvy cunning Then there is Grace, who is too sensible too long Worth the long winter read it will take Don t look too hard at what s under that pie crust 3.5 star over all

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