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Above the Bay of Angels

A Novel
Written by: Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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"...Sweeping and intimate, warm and gripping. I loved it!" (Louise Penny, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels)

A single twist of fate puts a servant girl to work in Queen Victoria’s royal kitchen, setting off a suspenseful historical mystery by the New York Times best-selling author of The Tuscan Child and The Victory Garden.

Isabella Waverly only means to comfort the woman felled on a London street. In her final dying moments, she thrusts a letter into Bella’s hand. It’s an offer of employment in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace, and everything the budding young chef desperately wants: an escape from the constrictions of her life as a lowly servant. In the stranger’s stead, Bella can spread her wings. 

Arriving as Helen Barton from Yorkshire, she pursues her passion for creating culinary delights, served to the delighted Queen Victoria herself. Best of all, she’s been chosen to accompany the queen to Nice. What fortune! Until the threat of blackmail shadows Bella to the Riviera, and a member of the queen’s retinue falls ill and dies. 

Having prepared the royal guest’s last meal, Bella is suspected of the poisonous crime. An investigation is sure to follow. Her charade will be over. And her new life will come crashing down - if it doesn’t send her to the gallows.

©2020 Janet Quin-Harkin, writing as Rhys Bowen (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Great Storyteller

I love this author's stories. So engaging. Above The Bay of Angels has a good story and some points of historical interest. Great performance. Hope there's another book in this series coming soon.

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  • Nepal
  • 2020-02-14

Sweet easy story

Easy listen; not to complex but sweet. My first book by this author. The murder plot comes so far at the end of the book it felt somewhat out of place.

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  • Dtmurphy1
  • 2020-02-14

It felt a little rushed

I have enjoyed almost all of Bowen's books. This one was just OK. It felt like She pumped it out. I enjoyed the characters who were well developed but the murder plot seemed Out of place. I think it would have been a better book without it.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2020-02-14

Nothing drew me in or held my attention

Had to throw this one back. For me it was uninteresting. I was unable to connect with any characters. The storyline was dull and lifeless, imo, as were the characters.

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  • KA
  • 2020-02-23

The ending, hmmm

The storyline was interest, you get the feeling of really knowing the characters, but the end seemed to be a hurried up and not knowing how to carry on with the story, so it was disappointing.

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  • Quinn
  • 2020-02-16

Enjoyed this book!

A well-rounded and interesting story of a young English woman with a secret. I enjoyed hearing about the Queen’s kitchen through the eyes of this character. If you’re a fan of Ms. Bowen’s stand-alone novels, you’ll enjoy this one as well!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2020-02-15

Not bad.

I read all of Rhys Bowen’s books. This stand-alone is light and comfy. Nothing too heavy at all. The progression of Bella/Helen through the kitchen of Queen Victoria is rapid and unknown for a woman in that time frame.

Blackmail, murder, and food make for a fun story. I was just waiting for a connection to Georgie, Darcy, or Belinda to pop up.

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  • Jojo
  • 2020-02-23

fun story

Easy to listen to and happy ending. Strong female lead character, historical fiction. I'd recommend it.

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  • Wendy
  • 2020-02-22

I liked it

I purchased another of this author as I liked it very much. The narrator is very fun to listen to also.

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  • kara-karina
  • 2020-02-21

Steady, solid storytellng and an admirable heroine

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Rhys Bowen, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I love reading historicals about women in trade. There aren't enough of them. I also love cooking, so this was a very interesting read for me. The narrator was exquisite, the pace steady and satisfying, and the heroine while a little bit boring, very admirable. Recommended for the fans of Anna Lee Huber and Anne Cleeland.

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  • Danielle Axley
  • 2020-02-21

Loved it! Great characters and great narration

I enjoy this story very much. The narrator was able to bring the character to life. I enjoyed the dynamic story. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoy time period Dramas