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An Appetite for Violets

(2014)
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"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. Then you find something, something you should not have found."

Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at forbidding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook's Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all.

In London, Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress's younger brother. In France, she discovers her mistress's dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall.

Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Martine Bailey's novel opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal.

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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: An Appetite For Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-4104-8179-4 / 978-1-4104-8179-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: An Appetite for Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-4448-2414-7 / 978-1-4448-2414-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: An Appetite for Violets: A Novel
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-250-05691-8 / 978-1-250-05691-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: An Appetite for Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-4447-6873-5 / 978-1-4447-6873-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: An Appetite for Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-4447-6872-7 / 978-1-4447-6872-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Audio Editions

April 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: An Appetite For Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-78433-326-3 / 978-1-78433-326-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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February 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: An Appetite For Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
ISBN: 1-78433-270-4 / 978-1-78433-270-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

January 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: An Appetite for Violets: A Novel
Author(s): Martine Bailey
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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May 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: An Appetite for Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: An Appetite for Violets
Author(s): Martine Bailey
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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