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A young wife employs a new cook and is swiftly drawn into a world of deceit and shadows that quickly culminates in murder...
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, after spending 20 months travelling and researching in New Zealand and Australia. She is married with one son. THE PENNY HEART is her second novel.
Praise for Martine Bailey's debut novel, AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS - ...A charming debut and a genuinely original and insightful novel. - Good HousekeepingA beautifully written 18th century servant story . . . An impressive debut. - Daily Mail