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A Taste for Nightshade: A Novel Hardcover – January 12, 2016
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About the Author
MARTINE BAILEY is the author of An Appetite for Violets. As an amateur cook, she won the Merchant Gourmet Recipe Challenge and was a former UK Dessert Champion, cooking at Le Meurice in Paris. Her recipes have appeared in many publications including Good Housekeeping, Olive Magazine and Green and Black's Chocolate Recipes. Martine lives in Cheshire, England.
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The Penny Heart is darker in tone than An Appetite for Violets, yet there is redemption at the end. From the first page, Bailey creates a sinister atmosphere, as two brothers are tricked and robbed by a woman on the streets of Manchester. She is Mary Jebb, an orphan who was raised in The Life, Manchester’s criminal underworld. As punishment for the robbery, Mary is deported to the Australian colonies, where she loses everything that made life worth living, except a burning desire for revenge
Grace Moore leads a desperately unhappy life, caring for her brutal, alcoholic father. She marries Michael Croxon, though she hardly knows him, to get away. However, Michael is not everything he seems. Grace must shed her naivety and rely increasingly on her wits in order to survive.
The novel has a clever structure, with alternating chapters written from Mary’s and Grace’s point of view. Bailey cleverly builds suspense, keeping the reader one step ahead of Grace at all times, yet not far ahead enough to know what is going to happen. The action moves from the slums of Manchester to the Australian penal colonies to New Zealand’s Maori tribes. Bailey has a fine eye for place, vividly describing each setting.
Grace and Mary are completely different characters, yet both are strong and memorable. It is part of the magic of Bailey’s writing that you sympathise with Mary, while being aware of her wickedness.
This is a highly recommended novel that lingers in the mind long after you have finished reading. I am already looking forward to Martine Bailey’s next book!