Martine Bailey - Author

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Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes, writing historical fiction has allowed Martine to indulge in her obsessions with food, history and travel. As an amateur cook, Martine won the Merchant Gourmet Recipe Challenge and was a former UK Dessert Champion, cooking at Le Meurice in Paris. In pursuit of authenticity she has studied with food historian Ivan Day and experienced Georgian food and fashion at first-hand with an historic re-enactment society. Martine lives in Cheshire, England and Auckland, New Zealand. She is married with one son and is currently writing a second historical novel.

Featured books by Martine Bailey

An Appetite for Violets

An Appetite for Violets

Author: Martine Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2015

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 foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in 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 ...

Other books by Martine Bailey

The Penny Heart

The Penny Heart

Author: Martine Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

Sentenced to death for a simple confidence trick, Mary Jebb escapes the gallows ...but her reprieve is harsh: seven years in the unforgiving penal colony of Botany Bay. Yet Mary is determined not to be forgotten, sending two pennies, engraved with a promise, to the two men who sealed her fate. Timid artist Grace Moore jumps at the opportunity to marry handsome gentleman Michael Croxon - happy if only to get away from her drunken father. But when Grace takes on a new cook, the two penny heart love tokens reveal she is tied to a world she didn't know existed ...A world of deceit, double-crossing, revenge and murder.

The Penny Heart

The Penny Heart

Author: Martine Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Sentenced to death for a simple confidence trick, Mary Jebb escapes the gallows ... but her reprieve is harsh: seven years in the unforgiving penal colony of Botany Bay. Yet Mary is determined not to be forgotten, sending two pennies, engraved with a promise, to the two men who sealed her fate. Timid artist Grace Moore jumps at the opportunity to marry handsome gentleman Michael Croxon - happy if only to get away from her drunken father. But when Grace takes on a new cook, the two penny heart love tokens reveal she is tied to a world she didn't know existed ... A world of deceit, double-crossing, revenge and murder.

An Appetite for Violets

An Appetite for Violets

Author: Martine Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2015

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 foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in 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 ...

Das Schatzbuch der Kochin

Das Schatzbuch der Kochin

Author: Martine Bailey Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2013

Eine kluge KochinEines wei Biddy Leigh: Ihrer neuen Herrin ist nicht zu trauen. Sogar das beste Hhnerfrikassee verfttert Lady Carinna an ihr lstiges Schohndchen. Und dieses Biest muss sie nun fr ein Jahr nach Italien begleiten!Eine gefhrliche ReiseWhrend der beschwerlichen Kutschfahrt ber London, Paris und die schneebedeckten Alpen entdeckt Biddy schon bald den Grund fr den berstrzten Aufbruch: Lady Carinna ist schwanger - sicher nicht von ihrem zeugungsunfhigen Gemahl. Ein Netz aus Lgen und TuschungImmer weiter wird Biddy in Carinnas Intrigen hineingezogen, bis sie sogar in die Rolle ihrer Herrin schlpfen soll. Da kann ihr nur ihre Schlagfertigkeit helfen. Und das alte Kochbuch, das ihr eine gute Freundin mit auf die Reise gab

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