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An Echo of Scandal

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the dead of night, with blood on her hands, she made her escape.

Accused of murder, Alejandra flees her home, escaping to the southern edge of Spain, where she faces a life of poverty and destitution.

Seduced by the power of the rich and the anonymity that waits across the water in Tangier, Ale makes a bid for a new start. But it will come at a cost: a life
Published September 19th 2019 by Transworld Digital
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Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Echo of scandal tangier

Travel to Tangier with the locations in An Echo of Scandal

I’m not sure what the best thing is about this novel – does the mystery entice as much as the location? It’s the story of a mystery writing satchel and its contents set in Tangier. Back in the 1970s, when writers wrote in houses with balconies and shutters, on typewriters and had satchels. Maybe they still do, but you are transported back to that time where the authenticity of that time shimmers like the Moroccan desert.

The novel’s structure is particularly
Emma Crowley
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
An Echo of Scandal by Laura Madeleine is packed full of mystery, intrigue, scandal and suspicion right from the opening few lines. This deep sense of needing to find answers, of uncovering secrets and solving the major enigma driving the story only deepens and increases the further you delve into the story. More specifically the more our main male protagonist Samuel Hackett begins to enquire and examine what teaser lays before him that could turn his fortunes around. If he can solve the riddle f ...more
Debbie Littley
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction at its very best. As the heat shimmers off the pages, travel back in time to a mystery as exotic as its location.

Set in two different times, told by two very different points of view, it takes us down two different paths, paths that ultimately end up crossing in ways that are both as unexpected as they are satisfactory.

Tangier, 1978 – Samuel Hackett, a down on his luck writer, living hand to mouth as he takes in the local culture whilst waiting for insp
Amber Garabrandt
Every time I finish one of Madeleine's novels I am floored.  I am in awe of her writing style and her ability to draw me in.  I was with Sam in Tangiers- broke, starving and too curious for my own good.  I smelled the fresh breads, the coffee that kept us alive.  I followed Ale as she learned to seduce with spices and ingredients.  I tasted her simple fare, drank her cocktails, as I watched her life unfold.  The heat, and the glory of the sea that she fell in love with... the smell of jasmine.  ...more
Anne M
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
50 years apart two lives interweave and cross in this compelling and highly addictive novel.

Cordoba, Spain, 1928 and the young Ale, short for Alejandra Esposito, is working in the kitchens of a brothel. However, the owner has plans for her that Ale resists. She is forced to flee to escape prison. Starving and penniless, a chance meeting at the border with a suave Englishman saves her. She escapes Spain, reinvents herself and starts a new life, this time as a young man with the name of Alejandro
Nicola Smith
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Echo of Scandal is a story rich with detail and a strong sense of place. I thought it was a fantastic read.

It starts with a murder and so it gets off to something of a flying start. Alejandra is a young woman with no back story and no sense of where she comes from. She lives in a brothel but does not want to end up a whore, and so she learns to cook. She manages to survive doing that until the fateful night when the story begins.

Set mostly in Tangier, the story flits b
Jo Barton
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alejandra hasn’t had the best of starts to her young life, and when in 1928, she is accused of a heinous crime, she has little choice but to try and escape, however, leaving behind everything she has ever known in Córdoba only makes her life all the more complicated.

Fifty years later in Tangier, Sam Hackett is a young writer who is down on his luck and struggling to make ends meet . When he comes across traces of a forgotten life he is suitably intrigued and sets out to discover as m
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Author Laura Madeleine knows how to spin a tale or two and with this heady, atmospheric story set in Spain and Tangier you are woven into a web of stories spanning five decades. A web that at times is murky, dark and dangerous and then to a web of delicious desires to satisfy your taste buds and your heart.
The story starts back in 1928 to an inn full of the darkest colours of Spain, to a young girl caught up in a crime she has no place to be in but Alejandra understands to survive she has
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully written book is full of suspense intrigue and adventure, right from the first few pages. It is 1928 and Alejandra is trying to keep out of harms way working as a cook in a brothel, one day a murder is committed and Alejandra, although innocent, is blamed. In order to survive she escapes. Penniless and alone she makes her way to the border where she, quite literally, throws herself at the mercies of an Englishman. Through a series of events she makes her way to Tangiers, where am ...more
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

So if you take the creepy factor out of The Talented Mr.Ripley and mix that with elements of The Great Gatsby, such as the suave partying and learning gentleman ways, and amazing female characters, then you end up with An Echo of Scandal.

It was a really a unique read in a lot of ways.

Ale has such a different existence, she’s morally grey but not because she makes necessarily questionable decisions because she wants to, but because she comes from the sort of upbri
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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An Echo of Scandal
by Laura Madeleine
Pub Date: 19 Sep 2019
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jeanie m, Reviewer
Last updated on 21 Aug 2019
My Recommendation

Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
Fabulous historical saga that I found intriguing and captivating can highly recommend.
Mrs Penelope A Cottell
Brilliant read just could not put it down. From the very first page you are drawn in and just need to discover what will unfold next.
It has every ingredient you could wish for in a book intrigue love and a mystery that unfolds fifty years since it happened and even at the end you are left wondering what really did happen.
Can’t recommend it enough five stars all the way
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this novel. Excellent storyline build up and fascinating characters bring this story to life. I will definitely reading more books by this talented author.
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Laura Madeleine is the bestselling author of The Confectioner’s Tale, Where the Wild Cherries Grow, The Secrets Between Us and An Echo of Scandal.

After a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura changed her mind, and went to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She lives in Bristol, but can often be found visiting her family in Devon and get