Saturday, 19 July 2014

Review - An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

Title: An Appetite for Violets
Author: Martine Bailey
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: 22nd May 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

That’s how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you’re invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. A writing desk lies open and you cannot help but read a paper. Then you find something, something you should not have found.
Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the forbidding Mawton Hall, can’t wait to settle down with her sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young, enigmatic Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up into a world of scheming, secrets, and lies.

Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, Biddy takes with her an old household book of recipes, The Cook’s Jewel, in which she records her observations. When she finds herself embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, Biddy realises that the secrets she holds could be the key to her survival – or her downfall . . .

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and Martine Bailey*

1/5 stars (DNF)
DNF at 25%.

Biddy Leigh is an under-cook at Mawton Hall. 
Chaos erupts when the young new bride of the elderly master arrives and not long after Biddy is forced, against her will, to leave her intended behind in order to travel to Italy with her new mistress.

I'm a fan of historical fiction but I couldn't connect to the storyline or the characters. 
It didn't grip me at all and I wasn't that bothered about finding out what happened so I stopped reading after 25%.

Unfortunately this wasn't for me.