Banquet of Lies



➽ [Download] ✤ Banquet of Lies By Michelle Diener ➲ – E17streets4all.co.uk A Secret Treaty and a Secret LifeLONDON, Giselle Barrington is living a double life, juggling the duties of chef with those of spy catcher She must identify her father s savage killer before the shad A Secret Treaty and a Secret LifeLONDON,Giselle Barrington is living a double life, juggling the duties of chef with those of spy catcher She must identify her father s savage killer before the shadowy man finds her and Banquet of PDF/EPUB ² uncovers the explosive political document her father entrusted to her safekeepingPosing as a French cook in the home of Lord Aldridge, Giselle is surrounded by unlikely allies and vicious enemies In the streets where she once walked freely among polite society, she now hides in plain sight, learning the hard lessons of class distinction and negotiating the delicate balance between servant and masterLord Aldridge s insatiable curiosity about his mysterious new chef blurs the line between civic duty and outright desire Carefully watching Giselle s every move, he undertakes a mission to figure out who she really is and, in the process, plunges her straight into the heart of danger when her only hope for survival is to remain invisible.Banquet of Lies

Michelle Diener is a bestselling, award winning author of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy Having worked in publishing and IT, she s now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the Banquet of PDF/EPUB ² world she can travel to nextMichelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two childrenWhen she s not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her online at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • ebook
  • 352 pages
  • Banquet of Lies
  • Michelle Diener
  • English
  • 24 December 2019
  • 1451684460

10 thoughts on “Banquet of Lies

  1. says:

    DNFAlright I probably just screwed up my chances of getting approved from NetGalley but whatever, here goes.So I didn t finish this Stopped at 34% Why Here s a couple of reasons.1 The heroine aka Giselle aka Gigi aka Madame Leveel aka The Cook

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    My rating 2 of 5 starsI received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After Giselle witnesses the death of her father, she s forced to go into hiding in order to find outabout the document for which he was killed for The document that her father entrusted to her right before he died She takes a position as a French cook in the house of Lord Aldridge yet she struggles in this position, not My rating 2 of 5 starsI received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After Giselle witnesses the death of her father, she s forced to go into hiding in order to find outabout the document for which he was killed for The document that her father entrusted to her right before he died She takes a position as a French cook in the house of Lord Aldridge yet she struggles in this position, not used to being a lesser servant Once she discovers that it s a political document that could very well change the fate of England she seeks to get it into the right hands but that s easier said than done.I loved the concept of the plot yet the characters were damn near unbearable, most especially Miss Giselle Gigi Barrington Yeah, that s a mouthful Instead of being a charming and funny lady that struggled with her temporary change in social class she was snooty, pretentious and completely unlikable At one point she wakes up to go down into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee only to discover the coffee that was in the house had gone bad so she practically demands that coffee be purchased even though Lord Aldridge was not a coffee drinkertrying to deny her coffee, was a declaration of warOh, shut up, Gigi and come off your high horse Now I m all about my caffeine too so I get it but I ve never reached the point where I was about to go all Napoleon on everyone just because I didn t get a cup Plus, it s like she was constantly forgetting WHY she was in the situation she was in I mean hello, you watched your father get stabbed to death just a few short weeks ago and that same man is searching for you yet you re waging war over coffee Priorities, my dear So this story could have been vastlyinteresting if Giselle wasn t such a stuck up snob.The romance between Gigi and Lord Aldridge was something that was completely unnecessary and only added to the overly dramatic flair this book had going on The two knew each other when they were children but it was mentioned that Gigi was always ignored in favor of her gorgeous mother and that Lord Aldridge was always flirting with her even though she was almost twice his age Yeah, that doesn t set up some major awkwardness You never noticed me when I was younger because you were too busy flirting with my mother Oh gross, no thanks So because of his complete lack of awareness of Giselle in her earlier years, he doesn t even recognize her now so she s able to slip into the position as Cook in his household Oh, but naturally there s something intriguing about her that interests him Maybe because she s grown up and lookslike her mother Bottom line, I loved the political aspects and the espionage and the fact that Giselle was introduced as a headstrong and confident woman but anything interesting about this book slowly dissolved thesnooty Giselle got and theridiculous Lord Aldridge got over the crush on his cook Simply didn t work for me unfortunately

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    This has to be my favorite Diener book and it s the third one I ve read I still haveto goand I sincerely hope there is a sequel to this, perhaps a series I sense Duke Wittaker may have a story What an intriguing man.Butlet s talk about this one I love the heroine She doesn t crumble to pieces after witnessing her father s murder No Instead, she takes top secret correspondence and attempts to find the man she needs to deliver it to, all the while posing as a chef, fighting wi This has to be my favorite Diener book and it s the third one I ve read I still haveto goand I sincerely hope there is a sequel to this, perhaps a series I sense Duke Wittaker may have a story What an intriguing man.Butlet s talk about this one I love the heroine She doesn t crumble to pieces after witnessing her father s murder No Instead, she takes top secret correspondence and attempts to find the man she needs to deliver it to, all the while posing as a chef, fighting with a pompous butler, falling for the lord of the house, and trying to keep an eye on her former home to find the shadow who killed him.OH and did I mention she demanded wages equal to a man s LOVE it The story reads very much as a cat and mouse thing, as she is constantly running from the bad guys and scampering here and there to find answers, always with someone on her tailbut it s suspenseful with the most intriguing cast of characters from the nearly starving Mavis to the maid that looks like a viking to the whores she meets up with in prison There s never a dull moment.I d like to add that a woman saves the day smirks The writing is fabulous, not overwordy or hard to follow Though there s a large cast of characters, the reader doesn t feel overwhelmed with them That s hard to do I am left with some questions How did she collect her stuff before heading to her cooking position What became of the butler But I must say, I loved getting lost in this story.The romance is slow which is should be I get tired of these insta love stories This was a refreshing change, and I adored the hero, something else that was well done No alpha male jackass.Full review and favorite passage

  4. says:

    Oh gods, I can t tell you how much I love this author Every book is like pure gooey chocolaty indulgence Banquet of Lies is all about delicious food and strong women In fact, you can always bet that Michelle Diener will write about a score of strong, admirable, brave women in her historical fiction This is just how she rolls, ladies and gents.Add to it Napoleonic era and a big spying intrigue, and you ll be as hooked as I am Banquet of Lies is a continuation of The Emperor s Conspiracy in so Oh gods, I can t tell you how much I love this author Every book is like pure gooey chocolaty indulgence Banquet of Lies is all about delicious food and strong women In fact, you can always bet that Michelle Diener will write about a score of strong, admirable, brave women in her historical fiction This is just how she rolls, ladies and gents.Add to it Napoleonic era and a big spying intrigue, and you ll be as hooked as I am Banquet of Lies is a continuation of The Emperor s Conspiracy in some aspects there are interconnected characters , but mostly it s its own story.Giselle Barrington is a folklorist and a superb cook, and she is trudging all over Europe with her dad, who under guise of his folklore studies works with The British against Napoleon.When he is killed, she flees with an important document and tries to lie low back in England until she can figure out who is the traitor.She manages to hire herself as a French chef in the house of Lord Aldridge, and while she is unable to stay away from sorting out the whole household, it s Aldridge who is completely enad with the magical meals he is getting and the captivating woman who cook them for him Giselle is full of secrets and she does not know who to trust, but her time is running out while her enemies are getting closer to finding her.This is historical fiction, so the rules of historical romance do not apply Both Aldridge and Giselle are lovely characters, but their feeling for each other are secondary to the mystery of Banquet of Lies and to how skillfully Michelle Diener is playing it out.Wholly recommended, gorgeous and clever spy fiction with layered characters, do read it

  5. says:

    I ve been thinking of creating a new book shelf for My Elite Authors , just for the TOP FIVE, which will include Michelle Diener Loved every single one of her book I ve read In this book Loved Lord Aldridge and Gigi together, the plot line, time period, her writing style, but best of all, loved how good I felt at the end of every story The feelings that the world was beautiful, that there was acceptable solution to evil, that we didn t have to be flawless as long as we never let down the I ve been thinking of creating a new book shelf for My Elite Authors , just for the TOP FIVE, which will include Michelle Diener Loved every single one of her book I ve read In this book Loved Lord Aldridge and Gigi together, the plot line, time period, her writing style, but best of all, loved how good I felt at the end of every story The feelings that the world was beautiful, that there was acceptable solution to evil, that we didn t have to be flawless as long as we never let down the people who sacrificed for our survival, for our lives I did wish forromance between the HEA couple But that didn t take away my love of the story Gigi was like a pampered, well protected princess, who was kept away from trusted allies Her father wrongly believed that her lack of information knowledge could keep her from harm, that her safety and her life would be guaranteed Sadly, that belief turned out to be just the opposite The way she tried to untangle all the secrets and lies was just blown me away Fortunately, her one true friend protector, Lord Wittaker s French Chef, didn t let her down Sharing with you a beautiful final sceneYou told me you wouldn t hold me accountable for my behavior toward you in my house Yes, I did I want to ask you if you would Please Hold me accountable She smiled as he held out his arm to escort her in to dinner You never know, Lord Aldridge Maybe I will

  6. says:

    I think I said it when I was talking about Michelle Diener s

  7. says:

    WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO END I vote this becomes a series if that isn t already part of the plan Like now Can I have the second book please Part spy drama, part victorian mystery, part historical romance Gigi aka Miss Barrington aka Madame Lav el sees her father murdered during a ball in Stockholm by a traitor searching for the confidential document that she holds in secret She s catapulted into hiding, pretending to be a cook in London and trying to find a person she can trust to pass WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO END I vote this becomes a series if that isn t already part of the plan Like now Can I have the second book please Part spy drama, part victorian mystery, part historical romance Gigi aka Miss Barrington aka Madame Lav el sees her father murdered during a ball in Stockholm by a traitor searching for the confidential document that she holds in secret She s catapulted into hiding, pretending to be a cook in London and trying to find a person she can trust to pass the document on to and to help her find the killer I read it in one day and may reread it to enjoy it again

  8. says:

    I love the double life story, where someone has to pretend to be someone else and figure out who is on their side so they can achieve some greater purpose Sadly, this one didn t pan out for me I think I m partially salty because I paid 11.99 for this and found it disappointing I think the biggest issue for me was that the characters actions didn t make sense, so they didn t feel believable In addition, every character is exactly as you see them at first, with no nuance or surprise Giselle I love the double life story, where someone has to pretend to be someone else and figure out who is on their side so they can achieve some greater purpose Sadly, this one didn t pan out for me I think I m partially salty because I paid 11.99 for this and found it disappointing I think the biggest issue for me was that the characters actions didn t make sense, so they didn t feel believable In addition, every character is exactly as you see them at first, with no nuance or surprise Giselle is not good at living in hiding and pretending to have lower status This isn t necessarily a bad thing, but there are no consequences for her actions view spoiler Lord Aldrige, who is already suspicious of her despite being attracted to her finds her snooping in his study and.kisses her Seriously He doesn t demand any answers at all, even though he s been warned she could be a spy, and she repeatedly says does suspicious things while refusing to give him any answers Not believable at all They don t have enough of a rapport for me to buy that he s going off her character The foreign service agent that no one really like of course turns out to be the bad guy Edgars, who goes against Giselle just because, is constantly falsely accusing her of things and ends up being the reason she goes to jail and almost dies His character is just a foil to show us how good Giselle is and to make us feel bad for her hide spoiler

  9. says:

    I have no idea how Michelle Diener does it She writes one book after another with an awesome plot, great characters and where the women are genuinely strong and not closet doormats I am a huge fan In terms of sheer quality Banquet of Lies was no different from her other works Banquet of Lies is about Giselle Barrington, who escapes Sweden after she sees her father murdered for an important diplomatic document What the murderer did not know was that her father had entrusted the letter to Gig I have no idea how Michelle Diener does it She writes one book after another with an awesome plot, great characters and where the women are genuinely strong and not closet doormats I am a huge fan In terms of sheer quality Banquet of Lies was no different from her other works Banquet of Lies is about Giselle Barrington, who escapes Sweden after she sees her father murdered for an important diplomatic document What the murderer did not know was that her father had entrusted the letter to Gigi earlier that day So she comes back to London but knows she can t go back to her own house She approaches an old family friend who helps set her up with a job as a chef at a young lord s house Lord Aldridge so she can lie low as well as keep an eye on her house since their houses are close She is also trying to figure who she can hand over the letter to This is compounded because the man who killed her father was an Englishman and therefore a traitor So she decides to lie low and carry on her own investigation Unbeknownst to her, Lord Aldridge actually works for the Crown and he and his colleagues are looking for her after they find out that her father, Lord Barrington was killed There are couple of hits and misses and wires that get crossed But never to the point where it becomes cumbersome and annoying It feels very organic and the intrigue angle is very well handled This is something that Diener does very well She weaves in her characters and fictitious events with actual historical events and personalities The tension escalates as the plot progresses and reaches a crescendo to the extent that I was sorely tempted to skip ahead to find out how things ended But I managed to keep myself from doing that phew The one thing that s a given with any of her Diener s books is that the characters will be amazing and Banquet of Lies did not disappoint Her characters are so well conceived and translated so well on paper that it s almost if these people are real and not a figment of someone s imagination There are characters that are merely mentioned once or twice but she gives you such a strong impression of them and their personalities that they seem very real, like Gigi s mother, Adele for instance.I loved Giselle Barrington She was strong and independent in the true sense where she did not wait for a man to come to her rescue She depended on her wits for her safety Even her interactions with Lord Aldridge were devoid of any silly simpering She was matter of fact and no nonsense Then there is Lord Aldridge who was a good love interest He was interesting and multi dimensional He was not a spoilt brat and treated the people under his roof with kindness, fairness and respect He was level headed and not quick to jump to conclusions The scenes between him and Gigi were fun because of the banter though it lacked the bite of The Emperor s Conspiracy but that s to be expected because Gigi was pretending to be his chef and therefore couldn t be very free or informal in her speech Although, compared to Durnham, Aldridge wason the bland side.I even loved the secondary characters Iris is among my favourites She was so awesome, a true Valkyrie And also Georges He really cared about Gigi and it was nice to see how protective he was of her Since this book is loosely connected to The Emperor s Conspiracy, there are some characters from that book who appear here as well Charlotte was present and it was fun to see her again as well as Lord Durnham as well Dervish Edgars, Aldridge s butler was absolutely detestable I hated himthan I hated the actual bad guy and that s saying something He was like a cockroach that I wanted to smash under my foot repeatedly till he was little better than some indistinguishable mush on the floor That s my only complaint with the book, there was so scene where he was fired with much fan fair Considering that Diener writes historical fiction, she also makes some general statement about the condition of women and where they stood socially and this is also something that Banquet of Lies highlights One word of advice, it might be a good idea to eat before you pick up this book There are so many mentions of absolutely delicious food that before long your stomach will start rumbling It might also help to keep snacks within reach I really enjoyed Banquet of Lies and finished it in one sitting It was fast paced with a tight and very engaging plot and beautifully realised characters What s not to love

  10. says:

    Favorite quote Her gaze followed his to the library Never trust a woman hater, Lord Aldridge There is something wrong with a person who hates half the human race This book is number two in what appears to be turning into a series yay Unfortunately, I read this one first, realized it was a series, and was lucky enough to have already checked out the previous novel during a library visit Get on that, Goodreads You failed me this time.Things I am learning about Michelle Diener Don Favorite quote Her gaze followed his to the library Never trust a woman hater, Lord Aldridge There is something wrong with a person who hates half the human race This book is number two in what appears to be turning into a series yay Unfortunately, I read this one first, realized it was a series, and was lucky enough to have already checked out the previous novel during a library visit Get on that, Goodreads You failed me this time.Things I am learning about Michelle Diener Don t expect explicitly stated HEA s The HEA from Diener s previous book, The Emperor s Conspiracy, is revealed in Banquet of Lies I expect we ll getabout Giselle and Jonathan s story in an as yet to be announced installment in this series I certainly hope we get something on spymaster Lord Dervish or the intriguing and mysterious Duke of Wittaker Wittaker certainly seems to be a fan favorite Expect for Really Big Stuff to happen completely off the page For example, after Giselle Barrington s diplomat father is murdered at the beginning of the story, Giselle travels from Sweden to England with LOTS of luggage completely unattended and NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW I find it strange that none of the spymasters in this book has ever heard of ship manifests Really And while a woman travelling with a man wouldn t have drawn much notice, a woman of Giselle s class travelling alone with a large amount of luggage would have been remarked on and remembered, and that this is completely glossed over is a little troubling to me Expect the hero heroine to keep their own counsel A LOT I ve complained in the past about characters in books talking each other to death, and these characters have the opposite problem The whole story would have ended in the first thirty pages if Giselle had trusted Jonathan even a little She s written as capable and astute, and yet she keeps Jonathan in the dark even though he s given her no cause to do this Not so astute after all, it would seem Don t expect sex scenes I, for one, am relieved There s enough to establish that the bedroom activity, once it happens, will be good, but it s left to the imagination But refer back to my first point Michelle Diener s writing style will suck you in unless you get so caught up in the stuff I mentioned above that you get angry, throw the book at the wall, and march straight to your computer to add the novel to the dreaded DNF category in your Goodreads account I actually feel a little bad about a 3 star rating, because I really wish I could give it a 3.5 I really enjoyed this story, and found many of the supporting details to be interesting I wish that there wasresolution i.e., a come to Jesus moment for a character that never seems to happen , but I am eagerly waiting to see what happens next in the community Michelle Diener is creating

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