Cooking, romance and a whiff of murder: review of "Above the Bay of Angels" by Rhys Bowen

A great story! The family of a young girl in Victorian London falls on hard times and she has to become a servant. Years later she is a promising cook accompanying the queen to the Riviera. Should she try to return to nobility again or do what she has grown to love? In the meantime a spectre of the gallows is not far away.

There is a lot of cooking in the novel and it is interesting to read how oranges for instance were seen as special or how much was eaten (or better to say chosen from). I smiled when the Londoners thought the bread and jam in France was weird.

I see some inspiration by Dawton Abbey.

A lovely book.


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