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Martine Bailey

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When Martine Bailey entered a cookery contest she had no idea it would lead to a life-changing obsession with French cuisine. As an amateur cook, Martine won the Merchant Gourmet Recipe Challenge and was a former UK Dessert Champion, cooking at Le Meurice in Paris.
Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes, An Appetite for Violets invites readers to feast on the past as a sharp-witted young cook is taken on a mysterious trip to Italy. In pursuit of authenticity Martine studied with food historian Ivan Day and experienced Georgian food and fashion at firsthand 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.

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery
New and upcoming books
February 2024

Sharp Scratch
Tabitha Hart Mystery
   1. The Almanack (2019)
   2. The Prophet (2021)
   An Appetite for Violets (2014)
   The Penny Heart (2015)
     aka A Taste for Nightshade
   Sharp Scratch (2024)
Martine Bailey recommends
Plague Land (2014)
(Somershill Manor Mystery, book 1)
S D Sykes
"There are plot twists aplenty...Plague Land is a quest to rebuild identity in an apocalyptic world, a theme that makes this new medieval series one I will be sure to follow."

Anthologies containing stories by Martine Bailey
Mystery Tour (2017)
(Crime Writer's Association Anthology)
edited by
Martin Edwards

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