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And don't miss the first two books in the series


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Rave Reviews for Sweet Revenge

"Andrea Penrose bursts into the world of historical mysteries with a book that will delight readers. Sweet Revenge is replete with swashbuckling action, taut suspense, and a heroine feisty enough to give the most rakish Regency cad a run for his money. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment in
the series!"

Tasha Alexander

author of
the Lady Emily series

“A mouthwatering combination of suspense and chocolate!.”

Lauren Willig

author of
the Pink Carnation series

“A mysterious lady, bent on revenge, and a mystery-solving Lord will take you on a thrilling ride through Regency England in this smashing
debut novel.”

Victoria Thompson
author of
Murder on Sisters’ Row




Welcome to the World of
Regency England

I love the Regency because it was such a fabulously interesting time and place—it was a world aswirl in silks, seduction and the intrigue of the Napoleonic Wars. Radical new ideas were clashing with the conventional thinking of the past, and as a result, people were challenging and changing the fundamentals of their society.

In so many ways, it was the birth of the modern world, and for me, its challenges, its characters and its conflicts have such relevance to our own times . . . and hey, who can resist men in breeches and boots!

In Lady Arianna Hadley and Allesandro de Quincy, the Earl of Saybrook, I've sought to create two individuals who embody the the intellectual curiosity—and courage—of the times. They'll be setting off on some devilishly daunting adventures. So lace up your corsets, tweak the tails of your cravat and let's enter a world of glittering ballrooms and deadly intrigues . . .

The latest ink from
Andrea's pen

It was such fun doing my first booksigning as Andrea Penrose at the RWA Conference in New York City!

And now, a little about
the third book in the
Lady Arianna Regency-set Mystery Series:

A diabolical traitor, who's always just out of reach …

England, 1814. Lady Arianna Hadley and her husband, the Earl of Saybrook, want nothing more than to savor a quiet life embellished by the occasional cup of the finest chocolate. However, when they receive orders to travel to Scotland and capture an elusive traitor, they feel their duty to the Crown must come first.

In a laboratory in Scotland, they discover a dying chemistry professor and cryptic papers hinting at a dangerous new discovery now in enemy hands. Racing against time, Arianna and Saybrook pursue their most cunning and dangerous adversary yet through a complex network of intrigue involving exotic chocolates, daredevil aviators, a missing inventor, and a secret recipe that must be recovered at any cost ...

And in case you missed the previous adventures!

the first book in the series:

Mystery, mayhem, murder.
Danger, deception, devilry . . .

spiced with a dash of chocolate

London, 1813 Lady Arianna Hadley’s desire to discover her disgraced father’s murderer has brought her back to London from exile in the Caribbean. Masquerading as a male chef, she is working in one of London’s aristocratic households in order to get close to her main suspect. But when the Prince Regent is taken ill after consuming Arianna’s special chocolate dessert, she unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dangerous scandal.

Because of his expertise in chocolate, the eccentric Earl of Saybrook, a former military intelligence officer, is asked by the top brass at Horse Guards to investigate the suspected poisoning. But during his first interrogation of Arianna, someone tries to assassinate both of them, and it quickly becomes clear that something very sinister is afoot within the highest circles of government. They each have very different reasons for wanting to uncover the truth, yet to have any chance of doing so they must become allies
Trust. Treachery. Arianna must assume yet another identity as their search takes them from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St. Giles. And their reluctant alliance is tested in more ways that one as it becomes clear that someone is looking to plunge England into chaos . . .

the third book in the
Lady Arianna Regency-set Mystery Series:

Chocolate mixed with conspiracy is a recipe for death…

Lady Arianna Hadley, now the Countess of Saybrook, is slowly settling into married life with her new husband, the Earl of Saybrook. To celebrate his birthday, she finds the perfect gift—a rare volume of botanical engravings on Theobroma cacao, or chocolate . . . but she is forced to fight off a mysterious stranger who tries to steal it away from her in the bookstore.

The incident is forgotten until Arianna and Saybrook are asked to attend a gathering of international dignitaries at a country estate, where she is shocked to discover that her erstwhile assailant is among the guests. But other events quickly prove even more ominous. And when the chocolate book yields a bitter surprise, someone they hold dear is incriminated in a plot to betray Great Britain at the upcoming Peace Congress in Vienna. 

Murder, treason, money, power. Once again, Arianna and Saybrook find themselves drawn into a deadly web of international intrigue. To unmask the real traitor, they journey to Vienna where amidst the seductive pomp and pageantry of Europe’s reigning royalty they must root out a cunning conspiracy—armed only with their wits and their expertise in chocolate…

Click here to read about the history of chocolate

Each chapter begins with some history on
Theobroma cacao
, and a special chocolate recipe.
Here's a small taste!


1 stick unsalted butter, plus 3 T
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 4 oz. reserved
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 extra large eggs
1 T instant coffee
1 T vanilla
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 c walnuts

1. Preheat over to 350.

2. Melt the butter, 6 oz. of the semi-sweet chocolate and the unsweetened chocolate in a pan set over simmering water. Cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl stir together (don’t beat) eggs, coffee powder, vanilla and sugar. Add melted chocolate mixture and stir gently until well mixed. Cool to room temperature.

4. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder. Add to the chocolate mixture. Toss walnuts and remaining 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips together, and stir into batter. Grease and flour a baking pan (I like a 9x9” one so the brownies are thick, but you may prefer a 9 x 12”.) Spread batter evenly in pan.

5. Bake 20 minutes in top oven shelf. Switch
to middle shelf and bake another 10-15 minutes.