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Friday, October 25, 2013

GIVEAWAY!! "Banquet of Lies" by Michele Diener~Lively Historical Fiction


A young noblewoman flees to London and poses as a servant to evade a murderer in this richly detailed and “compelling” (Publishers Weekly) historical novel.

Frightened for her life after her father, a British spy, is murdered, Giselle Barrington flees with the secret document her father gave her for safekeeping. Needing to hide from those now chasing her, and knowing that no one would look for a wealthy young society lady in a kitchen, she takes a job as a cook for a nobleman, determined to use her anonymity to uncover the murderer. Life below stairs gives her a new perspective on the hard realities of servants’ lives, even though she’s a highly paid one. And when her employer is drawn not only into her investigations, but also to her, they find themselves faced with the power imbalance between servant and master.

Publisher:  Gallery Books
Pages:  352  with Reader's Guide
Author:  Michele Diener
Michelle's website


Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series starts with IN A TREACHEROUS COURT. Set in the court of Henry VIII, it features the real historical figures of artist Susanna Horenbout and Henry's Keeper of the Palace of Westminster and Yeoman of the King's Robes, John Parker. It was followed by KEEPER OF THE KING'S SECRETS, also featuring Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, and DANGEROUS SANCTUARY, a short story with the same characters, set between the two books, is currently available as an ebook only.

A new historical novel, set during the Napoleonic Wars in London in 1811, THE EMPEROR'S CONSPIRACY, was released on November 27th, 2012.

Michelle also contributed a short paranormal story to the ENTANGLED Anthology entitled BREAKING OUT. All the proceeds of the sale of ENTANGLED go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Michelle grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

For more information, please visit Michelle's website.  You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Michele Diener's new novel "Banquet of Lies" takes us away to the proverbial Upstairs-Downstairs scenario, but this time it's fraught with a mystery and suspense that is adult and unexpected.  I found nothing at all juvenile about this story, which was a pleasant relief from some of the historical fiction I'd read in the past.  Ms Diener has a quick wit that leaves us wanting more.

Her main protagonists are real and accessible with problems that are strong enough to keep you guessing about the different characters they encounter.  Giselle is a bright and independent girl for her time who doesn't let horrific circumstances stop her from finishing an important task set before her...even the attraction she has for her employer.  And, the villains she comes across are truly worthy!

The women in this novel are many, and reflect the strong attachment women can have in this world, both domestic and "top of the stairs," as represented by Giselle.  I was most impressed by the author's willingness to show this.  I loved the group of strong companions who held together in their efforts to support each other against an often male dominated society.

Ms Diener is an accomplished author who knows how to keep your interest and writes a twisting novel of suspense.  It never failed to keep my interest...to keep me guessing to the end with surprises.  She's at the top of her game, and I look forward to what she has brewing for us in her next novel.

Recommended for all lovers of historical fiction with suspense and a thriller component!

Be sure to click here to check out some yummy recipes from the book!

4 stars                  Deborah/TheBookishDame

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Hello Deb! I love Michelle Diener's historical fictions! I read some of hers, but haven't yet read Banquet of Lies. I love your review, it gives me a glimpse of what to expect! love her book cover. Thank you for offering a copy of her book! nlaverdure88@videotron.ca


Hi! New to your blog thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours :) Just followed you on GFC and also on Twitter (@GinaD12). I enjoy historical fiction because it lets you step into a different place & time. This book also looks great because of the thriller aspect and the role switching (socialite to servant). funmail07 at gmail dot com

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I follow you on GFC as Carol N Wong. I tweeted you that I follow you as Carolee888: https://twitter.com/TheBookishDame
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Hi, Carol! and Welcome Gina and Nicole! I do think this is one you'll really love. Good luck to you all in the raffle!
And thanks so much for following my blog... :]


would love to read Banquet of Lies!!
thank you for the giveaway!!
i follow via GFC as Cyn209

cyn209 at juno dot com


I follow now on GFC (Beth Bulow) and I tweeted the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/bbulow12/status/395600698370314240

Thanks for the chance to win!



Woops! Forgot my email: bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

Sorry about that! :)

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