A Poisonous Journey

A Poisonous Journey

Malia Zaidi / Jul 21, 2019

A Poisonous Journey The year is a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars a time of jazz and sparkle and a time of peace and reflection For Lady Evelyn struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past

  • Title: A Poisonous Journey
  • Author: Malia Zaidi
  • ISBN: 9781631929939
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1925, a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars, a time of jazz and sparkle, and a time of peace and reflection For Lady Evelyn, struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past, it is a time of transformation Left orphaned after a fire when she was only four, Lady Evelyn Carlisle was raised in London by her stern aunt and uncle Now, twenty years laThe year is 1925, a time that hovers between two catastrophic wars, a time of jazz and sparkle, and a time of peace and reflection For Lady Evelyn, struggling to outrun the ghosts of her tragic past, it is a time of transformation Left orphaned after a fire when she was only four, Lady Evelyn Carlisle was raised in London by her stern aunt and uncle Now, twenty years later she has grown restless and is keen to escape her chaperone s grasp A letter from her cousin, Briony, living with her husband on Crete, comes at just the right time Packing what she can, Lady Evelyn makes off for foreign shores Welcoming her are not only Briony and her husband, Jeffrey, but also his handsome and mysterious friends, Caspar Ballantine and Daniel Harper Though the latter carries with him tragic memories of the Great War, Evelyn is glad to be in their company With the sun warming her back and the dazzling sea in her sights, this fresh start seems destined for happy days ahead Little does she know What starts off as a sunny holiday quickly turns into a sinister nightmare, when Evelyn stumbles across the corpse of one of her cousin s houseguests Drawn into the mystery surrounding the murder, Evelyn embarks on a mission to discover the truth, forcing her to face her own past as well as a cold hearted killer With the help of her cousin, the handsome local police detective, and the mysterious Daniel Harper, will she uncover the truth, before another life is claimed

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        Hello and thanks for stopping by I am the author of A Poisonous Journey, A Darker Shore and The Study of Silence the first three novels in the new Lady Evelyn Mystery series.I have been active on for a while and am always happy to explore new books to add to my toppling pile I am a painter and enthusiastic traveler and have lived in Germany and the US, though my dream home is a cottage in the CotswoldsCheck out my blog, The Princess and the Pen princessandpen or get in touch here Facebook facebook Malia Zaidi Twitter twitter MaliaZaidi


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    1. Full disclosure: I wrote this. I spent so much time with these characters, I am very fond of them, and hope you will be, too:-)


    2. This is a beautifully written, languidly paced story wherein a murder mystery is largely subordinate to character building and exploration and a burgeoning romance. Zaidi’s prose is a feast for the senses (I would call it “sensual,” but that word carries with it a provocativeness that doesn’t apply here; I’m not quite sure we have a single word that suits), evoking an exotic locale (Crete) in the not-so-distant past (1925). The mystery is well constructed (albeit methodically paced—w [...]


    3. When Lady Evelyn Carlisle gets an invitation from her cousin Briony to stay with her and her husband at their home in beautiful Crete she knows this is her chance to finally break free from her stern Aunt's grasp at their home in London. What she wasn't expecting was for her adventure to begin with murder. When another guest of her cousin is found poisoned, Evelyn and company set out to find the culprit. Was it an outsider, or could the killer be close to home?Well this was absolutely delightful [...]


    4. I have recently read mystery novels by Wilkie Collins and Agatha Christie, so when I began this novel by debut author Malia Zaidi, I was expecting.well, not to be disappointed necessarily, but something just average let's say. But what I found, almost immediately, was a brilliantly conceived mystery, intriguing characters, a refreshingly different setting, and most importantly, very good writing. Not just structure and style, but insight into life and human nature, things you would not necessar [...]


    5. Full of energy! Malia Zaidia's triumphant debut takes us into a type of 'wonderland'.uring a solid sense of place through her lush poetic narratives. Fluid - rich - writing- vivid characterizations: mystery, closeness, and camaraderie develops with a group of young bright attractive interesting people. Cretan hospitality is stupendous. Food of all sorts - delicious - plentiful - delicacies -[absolutely lovely healthy -freshness in each of the meals were prepared for the guests] Just image for a [...]


    6. I have to say that crime mystery is not a genre that normally entices me. However the Poisonous Journey was a very pleasant and exciting read. My feeling is that crime fiction enthusiasts will find this book a great experience. As a Greek person I was curious to test the validity of the Greek background that the author chose for her narrative that takes place in Crete. I have to say that the details of the location are well researched and it passes with flying colours. The author provides accura [...]


    7. More than a mysteryThis book is rich in the beauty of Crete,it's people and the lives of the protagonists. It is beautifully written and philosophical. It is also an interesting mystery which is not contrived but very well plotted. If you are looking for a light book this isn't it,but a delightful read none the less.


    8. IT’S DELICIOUS, IT’S DELIGHTFUL, IT’S DE-LOVELYThe immortal words of Cole Porter are an apt introduction to this first novel by Malia Zaidi in which we meet the dashing and delectable brand-new sleuth Lady Evelyn Carlisle.London, March 1925. The rain is beating against the windows of the Belgravia townhouse where Evelyn lives with her ‘rigid and old-fashioned’ Aunt Agnes, chafing at the boredom and restrictions of a respectable English upper class society and longing for some event whi [...]


    9. I would like to start this review off by saying two things. 1) This is my first ever review of any kind online and 2) If I am being honest, I am not someone who reads often and when I do, I generally don't grab a mystery novel (despite initial resolve, I always end up skipping to the end to find out who did it!). However, when this book was given to me I flew through it in just two days because it is not only a thrilling and clever mystery, it has something for any reader to enjoy. For fans of h [...]


    10. 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."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 sheltered and confined up until this point. She longs to prove herself so in som [...]


    11. A good first effort. It did move a little slow but I kept reminding myself that it was a period piece British murder mystery and that's how they move.


    12. In 1925, a young lady is invited to spend some time in Crete and is soon drawn into a murder mystery.The location and feeling of Crete were vividly brought to life and the descriptions of the culture and mythology of the region were good. The characters were well drawn and the story had a good plot - with the feel of an Agatha Christie piece.My overall rating is 4 stars, as I found the pace a bit too slow and some of the writing didn’t flow seamlessly.If you enjoy period crime dramas this book [...]


    13. This is a fun and exciting book that picks up quickly and then moves at a fast pace. If you like mystery’s this book truly delivers with a great plot and extensive character development. The main character Lady Evelyn is a witty adventurous type that keeps you wanting more. This author did some great writing here, would highly recommend this book.


    14. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Malia has a complete understanding of the universe and impeccable observation of human behavior and body language.


    15. Actual rating4.5 I posted this review on my blog as well. You read this review and many others, here.Declaimer: I’ve received this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send big thanks to Malia Zaidi for sending me this book!The book, or at least my version, needs to be edited. There are words that are missing, or spelled wrong. It needs to be cleaned up a little bit. This has nothing to do with the author’s writing, or the story’s quality. However, [...]


    16. Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' FavoriteA Poisonous Journey: The First Lady Evelyn Mystery is a historical sleuth mystery written by Malia Zaidi. Evelyn's bored with her life in London, especially now that the city is in its cold, gray and drizzly late-winter weather pattern. Life with Aunt Agnes is predictably bleak, as it has been ever since Evelyn came to stay with her as a four-year-old orphan. Aunt Agnes is a brusque, stern and overly protective guardian. When Evelyn receives a letter [...]


    17. A Poisonous Journey: The First Lady Evelyn Mystery (The Lady Evelyn Mysteries Book 1) by Malia Zaidi starts with an intriguing prologue, Crete 1908. Andros and his brother are in a tunnel when the light they have goes out and they are left in darkness like blind men. The well-written eerie feeling the tunnel projects comes through in description and dialogue as Andros tells his brother to watch his step or it may be his last. When their light goes back on, they have reached a destination and And [...]


    18. A wonderful start for this debut historical mystery series. Author Malia Zaidi set's the scene of the 1920s with it's clothes and sounds, and a gives us sunny Crete as a backdrop for Lady Evelyn to embark on a life unchaperoned. But the discovery of a body in her best friends garden sets her on an unlikely path to solve the crime. Unlike several female historical mystery sleuths, she is not a plucky former battlefield nurse. Instead, she is a lovely educated women that at times, seems almost fro [...]


    19. I received this book from a Giveaway. I enjoy mysteries and this one was very satisfying. I liked the characters and the story and the setting, in a past time. I also really enjoyed the philosophical thoughts sprinkled throughout the book, making it more meaningful than just a mystery story. This is a great first novel and I wish the author much success in this and the future adventures of Lady Evelyn. I will look forward to reading them.


    20. I received an early copy of this book and greatly enjoyed reading it. Lady Evelyn is an interesting character one would like as a friend.Her adventures and thoughts on life are making me look forward to the next installment of the series.



    21. Have you ever looked at a book cover and thought that it would be an exciting read. Well, that was my reaction to this book. And, boy did it hit on every cylinder. This was a well-written book, from start to finish. The attention to detail and description was something that made you feel immersed in the book's time period. You felt as if you were really in London and witnessing the marvels of 1925. Can you imagine the fashion? Wow. The characters were as lifelike as I've ever read. The author di [...]


    22. This was an enjoyable mystery novel. It was full of more twists and turns than I expected. I was able to figure out some of the mysteries, but others came as a surprise. The author has created a very interesting and diverse cast of characters and she does a wonderful job of describing the people and places featured in the book. Lady Evelyn, curious Englishwoman and amateur detective of sorts, is an intriguing character. I was glad to learn that the author plans more adventures for her.One thing [...]


    23. I tried to give the story a chance but by a quarter of the way through, it was clear that I was not the target audience for this book.There is a lot of scene setting and dialogue that doesn’t really go anywhere that left me skipping quite a few pages. I wouldn’t have minded some of the long descriptions and pages of introspection if I felt it was moving the story along and I was getting to know Evelyn better, but what finally defeated me was she was just a bit too pathetic. I like my heroine [...]


    24. I really liked this book. It took me forever because I took it on vacation and a wedding got in the way but the characters are great and the plot thickened quite nicely. No giveaways here. Read it yourself'



    25. Lady Evelyn’s inner voice is going to make her a one of a kind detective. What works for me ? In this particular book the unexpected gifts (beyond the bright skies of crete) have to do with grief, loss and what next - but what sets this book apart is the way loss is turned all about like a rubic’s cube - by the time you put the book down you’ll know a few lessons it can take a lifetime to learn - that grief and loss are everywhere - behind the brightest smiles, the biggest freedoms, the lo [...]


    26. Set in the post-World War one 1920s, ‘A Poisonous Journey’ is a classic whodunnit. Evelyn finds living with strict Aunt Agnes overwhelming, she yearns for some freedom, a chance to find her true self. She seizes the opportunity and flees to Crete to meet up with her friend and cousin Briony, maybe she will find the direction in life she yearns for. The idyllic Crete Township of Milkos is the perfect setting.Within days of arriving Evelyn’s dream is shattered, the discovery of the body of o [...]


    27. This book is a page turner, weaving twists and turns in a murder mystery. The characters are well developed, and have personal growth journeys of their own. The setting in Crete is superb. It was like taking a second trip there. Well done. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.


    28. For those of you who love retro cozy mysteries, this one is a charmer! The author has a lovely, wispy style that immediately draws you into the story and holds your attention until the last page. The story is set on the island of Crete, which I suppose is a beautiful place for a murder. A truly engaging tale!


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