Chester author Martine Bailey will be signing her new novel, inspired by the kitchens of Erddig, at WH Smith on Thursday (December 10).
Back in 2007 she was looking at the recipes in the much-loved kitchen at Erddig and imagined how it would feel to work there - and then be taken away on a mysterious adventure.
The result was An Appetite for Violets, critically acclaimed by Fay Weldon as ‘a fascinating new genre, best described as Culinary Gothic.’
The novel follows feisty young cook, Biddy Leigh, on a journey from her Erddig-inspired kitchen to Paris and the Alps and ultimately to Italy. Accompanying her secretive new mistress, she documents her adventures in an old household book of recipes, The Cook’s Jewel.
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.
Martine Bailey will also be signing her acclaimed new novel The Penny Heart, a tale of two women - a sinister cook employed by a naive young artist. There will be samples of historic fig tarts and gingerbread for readers to taste.
Both novels feature historic recipes heading each chapter and appeal especially to those who treasure old recipes as well as lovers of mystery novels full of twists, turns and revelations.
A keen amateur cook herself, Martine won the Merchant Gourmet Recipe Challenge and studied historic cookery with TV food historian, Ivan Day. She is also a keen member of Chester’s Clandestine Cake Club.
Martine Bailey will be at Chester WH Smith on Thursday from 3-6pm.