Sweet Delight Review: A Poisonous Journey by Malia Zaidi

Posted April 9, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 12 Comments

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Sweet Delight Review: A Poisonous Journey by Malia Zaidi
A Poisonous Journey

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Series: #1 Lady Evelyn Mystery
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 25, 2016
Pages: 394
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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With A Poisonous Journey, I am reminded of the quote from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey:  “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own neighborhood, then she must seek them abroad.”

The story opens with Lady Evelyn accepting an invitation to come stay with her cousin and her husband in Greece for an extended holiday.  Lady Evelyn sneaks out of her aunt’s home leaving a letter behind of her intentions.  She sees this not just as an opportunity for a holiday away from dreary rainy London, but a chance to get out from under her aunt’s oppressive thumb and live a little.

Briony and Jeffrey’s Greek Island home is an exotic paradise, but Evelyn doesn’t miss the undercurrents and tensions among their other vacationing guests who are friends of Jeffrey’s, their dinner guests, and even with Briony and Jeffrey themselves.  So, it is a shock when a guest is murdered, but not entirely unexpected.

Evelyn is determined to see things through to the truth and perniciously follows each clue she comes across and attempts her own witness interrogations which of course the local police find interfering and her own household isn’t sure a good idea though the dead man’s friend agrees to a detecting partnership to avenge his friend’s killer.  Only, Evelyn isn’t entirely sure that her partner is innocent either…

One of my favorite plots for an old-style historical romantic suspense reminiscent of Victoria Holt or Mary Stewart is a young, determined lady who finds herself on a travel adventure when a murder happens.  Lady Evelyn has lived a sheltered and confined life up until this point.  She longs to prove herself so in some ways this is a coming of age story more than anything else.

I had fun getting to know the intrepid heroine who has sense, but it is the sense of youth who is convinced that only they can know best and must learn to temper speech and actions before rushing impulsively forward.  She has a kind heart and a curious mind.  And best of all, she is a prize snoop, but a loyal friend

The author did a worthy job of creating her cast of characters and the mystery.  Loved that it was set in Post-WWI Crete.  Local color along with historical situation added just the right balance to the mystery.  There is a murder and the ugliness behind the victim and the situation comes out to reveal more motives and a surprise reveal.

Evelyn is out in the world for the first time and up to her neck in a murder mystery so the tentative awakening romance is just that.  She barely realizes that is what is happening and I liked that it was just a whiff of something that, along with her maturing in her own, will come along slowly with the series.

All in all, I enjoyed this first outing with a new to me author and new series.  I look forward to more of Lady Evelyn’s mystery adventures and a growing romance.  I can easily recommend A Poisonous Journey to those who enjoy historical mysteries with a heroine detective who will grow as the series progresses.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

Murder mysteries can be fun especially when it’s not apparent right away who the bad guy is.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I was most definitely surprised by the culprit, Mary. 🙂

5 years ago

It’s always fun to hve a story set during this period, I always love that and the cover is sweet too. Plus ot’s nice to be surprised

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I agree. This is a fun time period and I loved the Greek setting and the mystery.

5 years ago

Oh this sounds like a fun one with how it’s set in Greece and with her going on an vacation that turns into an adventure. Sounds like a nice set-up for a story and it even has a murder mystery too. In many cozies the romance is handled like that as well, just a whiff in book 1 that slowly progresses over the course of the series. Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was great having it set in Greece and fun to see the main pair eying each other with suspicion. I look forward to seeing how things progress and get a new mystery to figure out.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Love seeing a character get to spread their wings and live a little. Totally laughed over the not unexpected murder. Just struck me as funny. Can’t imagine being at a party/get together like that. Glad you enjoyed your first from the author!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

LOL! Yes, you know when you’re reading a murder mystery and one character is just such a pain that they are begging to be bumped off? This was like that. Later, after I learned even more, I wondered how he survived even that long.

It was fun and I was tickled to be asked to review her second one.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Reply to  Sophia Rose

::snort:: I have met a character or two like that over the years.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

😉 Yep

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vvb reads
5 years ago

I like the sounds of this one. Surprise reveals are always fun to come across. Got me curious as I do like this time period too.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

This is a fun time period to get a mystery story. I look forward to reading book two for her next adventure.