A Taste for Nightshade

A Taste for Nightshade

Manchester 1787. When budding young criminal Mary Jebb swindles Michael Croxon's brother with a blank pound note, he chases her into the night and sets in motion a train of sinister events. Condemned to seven years of transportation to Australia, Mary sends him a 'Penny Heart'-a token of her vow of revenge. Two years later, Michael marries na´ve young Grace Moore. Alt Manchester 1787. When budding young criminal Mary Jebb swindles Michael Croxon's brother with a blank pound note, he chases ...

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Title:A Taste for Nightshade
Author:Martine Bailey
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Penny Heart
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

A Taste for Nightshade Reviews

  • Cindy
    May 04, 2016
    Great story of revenge set in 18th century England and through the desperate conditions of convict New South Wales. Kept me in suspense right until the end. ...
  • Leah
    Jan 06, 2016
    Books so firmly in that grey middle area of decent are the hardest for me to discuss and I've held off on reviewing this one for that very reason. I just don't have anything to say and what I have said has only been after grasping at the oh so weak opinions I managed to form. Yes, I wa...
  • Barb
    Jul 09, 2016
    There wasn't anything I didn't like about this novel. Set in Manchester, England in 1787 the story centers around Mary Jebb condemned criminal, sentenced to hang for her crime of thievery. She begs petitioner, Michael Croxon, not to testify against her. When he testifies anyway she fin...
  • Michele
    Oct 14, 2016
    I think I really liked it. The research was very well done. I got into the story and had the delicious feeling of looking forward to sitting down and "devouring" it. That doesn't happen in every book you read. I adored the recipes and they were fascinating to read. They fit into the ch...
  • Jo Barton
    Jul 21, 2015
    After being arrested for a petty crime, teenager Mary Jebb is sentenced to seven years transportation to the penal colony in Botany Bay. On the surface, she is repentant of her crime, but fearing her disappearance and determined never to be forgotten, she inscribes words on two silver ...
  • Anne
    Jul 21, 2016
    I don't read a very much historical fiction. It's not that I don't like it - I do pick up timeslip novels from time to time, and there's nothing I like better than a book set in a dual timeframe, but historical novels just haven't been showing up on my radar recently. But I'm really gl...
  • Beadyjan
    Jul 21, 2015
    I KNEW I was going to love this one, from the enticing description to the delicious cover - I was captivated from the first sentence, and entranced throughout. I'm a sucker for a very particular kind of historical novel, it must have a ring of authenticity, a strong female protagoni...
  • Pat
    Apr 26, 2015
    A great historical suspense thriller, full of surprises. Won this novel in Goodreads First-read giveaway. Will recommend this book to all who enjoy historical novels. ...
  • MaryannC. Book Freak
    Jan 25, 2016
    This was yet another fantastic yarn woven by Martine Bailey that surprises you with every twist and turn as the story unravels and reveals itself. Just when I thought the characters and storyline were figured out at certain points in the book, it was like wow! They took another directi...
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Mar 25, 2017
    Martine Bailey enchanted me with her first book, An Appetite for Violets, and didn't disappoint with this, her second. She has an uncanny ability to transport her readers to another time and place through recipes and cooking information. Although the specific food described is unfamili...
  • MomToKippy
    Aug 01, 2016
    4.5 Foodie historical fiction has to be one of my very favorite genres! So much so that I started a list in listopia for these. Alas, they are few and far between. I was so happy to see that Martine Bailey had written another one of these after her very enjoyable An Appetite for Viole...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 27, 2015
    (3.5) ?Time devours all things: love and murder and secrets.? I loved Bailey?s first novel, last year?s An Appetite for Violets. My description of that one ? ?lively, well-researched historical fiction, seasoned with mystery and culinary tradition? ? is apt here, althou...
  • Sara
    Nov 14, 2016
    Even though the deception and lust for revenge is made clear at the beginning, it still was a fantastic book. It's always fascinating to read/see how people's minds work and their reasonings behind their actions. ...
  • Martine Bailey
    Jul 12, 2015
    A Taste for Nightshade: A Novel (titled The Penny Heart in the UK and Commonwealth) is my second novel, following my debut, An Appetite for Violets. It again explores culinary crime, in a dark tale of two very different women entangled by love and revenge. The novel?s inspiration...
  • Mahala Church
    Mar 14, 2018
    A well-wrought historical mystery with compelling characters, delightful recipes from "Mother Eve's Secrets" and other sources that are a fun read alone and deliver insight into the harrowing job of being a cook in the eighteenth century. Bailey takes readers from England around the so...
  • Laura Lee
    Feb 09, 2016
    Ooh I knew I wouldn't be let down. I had read Baileys last book An Appetite for Violets and had liked that. So I very much enjoyed this book. Was a bit of a mystery tho I don't think it technicaly would be considered one. It's also a love story. England in the late 1780s. A young gir...
  • Alison
    May 21, 2015
    This is a hugely enjoyable novel ? a deliciously exciting and atmospheric read with an intriguing and memorable central character, and a wonderfully authentic portrayal of 18th-century life. From the first scene there is a vivid sense of foreboding, as two brothers are swindled by...
  • Katie
    May 17, 2018
    I really wanted to be able say that I enjoyed this... but I can't, not even in the slightest. There were multiple points that I just wanted to abandon reading this but I am glad that I can say I made it to the end. However, the premise of the book is intriguing and the characters a...
  • Sarah Jasmon
    Sep 12, 2015
    Mary Jebb is arrested after playing a confidence trick on a young, well-off businessman, Michael Croxon. He is curiously affected by her, but chooses to bear witness against her, despite knowing his testimony will send her to the gallows. She is given the sentence of deportation, thoug...
  • Kailey
    Aug 22, 2015
    An excellent page turner - better than her first book by miles. Will certainly look forward to more from the author. ...
  • Jeanette
    Dec 06, 2016
    This beginning and up to the half-way point was 4 plus star- it was interesting in both plot and placements. York and the countryside of Yorkshire. But also in the urban centers of the late 1780's and early 1790's in England for the most impoverished and also for the gentile, but uncon...
  • Heather
    May 28, 2015
    It's unfortunate when you're in a phase where you have to dip in and out of books because you just can't read for too long (horrible when it happens, but thankfully rather rare...). So between headaches and being overly busy, great books can just feel good because of circumstance, and ...
  • Mina
    Aug 01, 2016
    Martine Bailey has done it again...she slowly draws you into a tale of twists and turns...two women are at the heart of this story.....Mary and Grace....what transpires will leave you breathless.... ...
  • Julie
    Feb 18, 2018
    Martine Bailey has a talent for combining Historical Fiction/romance/mystery and cooking in a most sinister, suspenseful, delicious way. Nothing is quite as it seems and she does a marvelous job at drawing the characters out. You are never sure how you feel about any of them; pity, hat...
  • Alisha Tarran
    May 27, 2015
    Man I love historical novels, and this was so rich with history and well drawn characters, so it was kind of the best type of historical novel as well! The book was incredibly atmospheric and vivid, everything could be pictured clearly with incredible detail. I was drawn in to the worl...
  • S.D. Sykes
    Mar 24, 2016
    I was a great fan of 'An Appetite for Violets', so was keen to read Martine Bailey's second novel - and it did not disappoint. The novel is once again a delight of culinary wickedness, alongside all sorts of other wickednesses! The structure is very clever, and alternates between the f...
  • Claire
    Mar 11, 2018
    Even though it falls into melodrama in many of the plot twists, I really did have fun reading this book. I enjoyed the little recipes at the start of the chapters, and then trying to guess how they would be worked into the plot. Grace was the perfect heroine and Mary the nasty villain,...
  • Louisa Treger
    Jul 05, 2015
    I loved ?An Appetite for Violets?, and was eager to read Martine Bailey?s second novel. ?The Penny Heart? is a strong successor: atmospheric, dramatic and haunting. There are characteristics common to both books: beautiful writing, sumptuous and vivid period detail that insta...
  • Lesley Williams
    Jul 15, 2015
    A captivating story about a female confidence trickster who is sent to Botany bay to make amends. She suffers greatly and escapes to take revenge on the man who put her there. However, the man has taken a wife and the story springs back and forth between the two women, both treated ba...
  • Roz Radmore
    Feb 13, 2019
    A fabulous atmospheric read Mary Jebb escapes the gallows but is sentenced to seven years in the new penal colony of Botany Bay. She is determined not to be forgotten by the two men who sealed her fate .She manages to send two pennies , each engraved with a promise to them . Grace M...