The Emperor's Conspiracy

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From nineteenth-century London?s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.

Chance led to Charlotte Raven?s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

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Overview

From nineteenth-century London’s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.

Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.

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Diener (Keeper of the King’s Secrets) delivers a rousing read in this stand-alone novel with a hasty final act. Charlotte Raven went from childhood chimney sweep to London high society when good fortune smiled on her at a young age. She now straddles two worlds, enjoying a life of affluence, yet forever tied to her humble roots and Luke Bracken, the man who lifted her from destitution. When Charlotte is inadvertently caught up in a national conspiracy involving Napoleon, she must make use of this dual status on the streets of London. During a growing recession, gold guineas begin mysteriously disappearing by the ton. When Lord Durnham comes to London to investigate, Charlotte’s personal connections and class-bridging status place her in the center of the unfolding drama. Diener entwines mystery and romance within this 19th-century historical thriller. The story moves at a pace that will keep readers intrigued and rooting for Charlotte, but too many subplots—including the love triangle at the novel’s core—are left untidy by the end. The story begs for a sequel. Agent: Marlene Stringer, the Stringer Literary Agency. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451684438
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 317
  • Sales rank: 988,178
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Diener has always had a passion for reading and writing. She began writing stories when her parents gave her a typewriter for her twelfth birthday, and she hasn’t stopped since. Born in London and raised in South Africa, she now lives on the west coast of Australia with her husband and two small children.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    *Huge sigh of satisfaction* This is THAT book, the one where hi

    *Huge sigh of satisfaction* This is THAT book, the one where history melts into the background, the writing disappears and players emerge spitting character and bold love so that... I sigh.

    Charlotte - Charlie - is a great character. She's headstrong and intelligent. Her guardian/savior is the sweetest, smartest lady. It's a household of two great brains with different kinds of strength and I loved seeing the strong women.

    Charlie's childhood friend, the crime lord, is so dark and mysterious and powerful. I loved the dirty grit of the streets and the society that pulsed beneath the city. There's no fluffy cuteness about it... it's as real as poverty.

    Edward Durnham really doesn't have much of a chance of participating in Charlie's life or in this story, but he's stubborn and persistent and won't take "stay away" as an answer. He causes more trouble than he helps, sometimes, blundering where he doesn't belong. But his heart has been awoken and he understands Charlie in ways no one else can. I love his view of her and their romance is delicate and fresh.

    I could hug the pacing... this book is hard to put down. It flies by. I might have been frustrated only because it ended and I could have continued reading their story for a long time.

    My Rating: 5 - I need this book in my library so I can reread it often!! (I rec'd my ARC from Edelweiss.) I love a story that doesn't center around romance, but yet has some... a story that has so much tangible history, but doesn't clobber me with it... a mystery that I can't second-guess and is not overbearing. This is one of my favorite books this year.

    Like this, Like that... I was reminded a little of Soulless, Alanna, & Crown Duel. There's a bit of mystery and smart players, a great thief and underworld, but also a play-acting society where appearances rule. I loved the smart new combination of some of my favorite elements!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    The setting, pace, writing and characters were written well. Moments where it got weird, creepy but where you couldn't stop reading, wanting to know what happens next. The ending was unexpected but not quite at the same time. It makes you wonder is it going to have a sequel or will it be left as it is? Love the cover though. Mysterious but interesting as well.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    What were the odds for a beautiful child dumped in the slums of

    What were the odds for a beautiful child dumped in the slums of London to fend for herself? If not for a young boy of streets taking Charlotte Raven under his wings she would not have survived.  She disguised herself as a boy and worked as a chimney sweep.  The options for little girls was even worse than that of a boy chimney sweep.  She would have permanent scars from the work. One day as she is cleaning a chimney she becomes stuck in the chimney her only  alternative was to go further up the chimney and come out in another apartment.  What happens next will expose her as being a girl into the hands of a child molester.  She manages to escape the horrible man and get back up the chimney and into the apartment of an angel.  This angel becomes her guardian and gives her a life that is only for the rich elite of London. Charlotte never turned her back on the people that were there for her while living in the slums. They remained an important part of her life. 




     Charlotte turns into a beautiful woman of influential society attending parties and being sought out by potential suitors.  While attending a party she over hears a conversation from the very man that tried to molest her as a child.  He is planning to have the children of her hostess to come stay at his home.  She feels she must warn the woman. In an attempt to protect the children from this evil man the mother agrees to leave her home with the children and stay with her brother Lord Edward Durnham or with Charlotte. 




    Now not only is Charlotte in danger but so is Lord Edward.  Something is not right, it seems Lord Edward's brother-in-law has gotten into something very shady and has put everyone in danger. Who is the villain behind all of this 
    chaos?




    The author has written a nail biting novel with mystery, suspense and romance.  A who done it that will no doubt surprise the reader. There is also a reconciliation of ones past in order to follow God's will.   




    Charlotte's character is a headstrong and fearless woman not to be messed with.  Lord Edward reminds me of the saying, "his bark is bigger than his bite".  Which is an attitude he acquired from an unhappy childhood of emotional abuse.




    I highly recommend this book.




    Disclosure:  I won a copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review.  This is my hones opinion.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    Michelle Diener in her new book, ¿The Emperor's Conspiracy¿ publ

    Michelle Diener in her new book, “The Emperor's Conspiracy” published by Gallery Books takes us into the life of Charlotte Raven.

    From the back cover: From nineteenth-century London’s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.

    Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

    When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.

    Michelle Diener has done it again which means get ready for a nail-biting, page-turning thriller. Ms. Diener knows how to write history. There really was a secret smuggling operation by France to drain England’s gold. Lord Edward Durnham is assigned to put an end to this conspiracy and he needs Charlotte to aid him. Joining forces puts both their lives in deadly danger as they race about trying to find England’s enemies to end their threat. ”The Emperor’s Conspiracy” is well crafted suspense. It is also a good romance as well. Ms. Diener creates characters are so real that you care for all of them. “The Emperor’s Conspiracy” is great fun to read. I am so hoping that there will be more stories featuring Charlotte and Lord Edward.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

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    If you love historical novels with a a touch of suspense and a h

    If you love historical novels with a a touch of suspense and a hint of mystery, Michelle Deiner’s latest novel, The Emperor’s Consiracy, is sure to please. The author has a knack for writing snappy, action packed novels that are quick and easy to read – pure delight for those who love to escape into a page turner. 




    In The Emperor’s Conspiracy, a young woman named Charlotte Raven, who rose to great wealth from the dregs of England’s impoverished slums, finds herself aiding English Lord Edward Durnham in thwarting a plot by Napoleon to steal a great deal of England’s wealth. Because of her connections to the underworld from which she was raised from, Charlotte is able to lead Edward through a maze of cutthroats, murderers, and crime lords to thwart the plot. 




    Set in 19th century London, the story is full of colorful characters from all walks of life. The tale sweeps us into luscious ball rooms and then plunges us into slimy back streets. The heroine struggles to move away from her past, but her character never forgets those who once aided her when she was most desperate. The author knows how to write to make reading easy and pleasurable. This story was interesting from start to finish. Definitely another winner for this terrific author. Recommended for those who love historical fiction and who want a quick and intriguing read.

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