The stars, riddles and murder align in The Almanack, a new historical mystery published January 2019.
1752, Midsummer. Following a desperate summons from her mother, Tabitha Hart departs London for her home village of Netherlea – only to discover that her mother has allegedly drowned. Determined to discover the truth about the Widow Hart’s death, Tabitha consults her mother’s almanack and uncovers a series of cryptic notes describing her terror of someone she names only as ‘D’.
Joining forces with philosphical young writer Nat Starling, Tabitha begins a race against the calendar to unmask ‘D’. But as the sun retreats and snow cuts off Netherlea from the outside world, Tabitha and Nat face the darkest hours of their lives.
“The Almanack will have you in its grip until you breathlessly turn the last page to solve the final riddle.' - Tessa Arlen author of The Lady Montfort and The Poppy Redfern series
Martine's historical crime debut An Appetite for Violets is the tale of sharp-witted cook, Biddy Leigh, taken on a mysterious journey to Italy. Unwittingly swept up into a world of scheming, secrets, and lies she documents her adventures in an old household book of recipes. When she finds herself embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, Biddy realises that the secrets she holds could be the key to her survival – or her downfall . . .
Inspired by historic 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 writes with such easy, compelling grace, and in a fascinating new genre – best described as Culinary Gothic. I was hooked and enraptured.' - Fay Weldon
The Penny Heart continues Martine's exploration of culinary crime, in a dark tale of two very different women entangled by love and revenge. Sentenced to death for a simple confidence trick, Mary Jebb escapes the gallows...but her reprieve is harsh: transportation to 'the ends of the earth'. Yet Mary is determined not to be forgotten, sending two pennies engraved with a sinister promise, to the two men who sealed her fate. But when timid new wife Grace Moore takes on a new cook, the penny heart love tokens reveal she is tied to a world she didn't know existed...A world of deceit, double-crossing, and murder.
'Intelligent and engrossing reading ... An ingenious exercise in gothic pastiche, this is a richly rewarding read.'
- The Sunday Times 'Best Summer Reads'