Book Review: The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener & Giveaway (US only)

November 26th, 2012

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener which releases tomorrow is a fantastic novel! With a great mix of mystery and historical fiction it certainly kept me reading and anxious to learn more with all the twists and turns it took.  Taking place in nineteenth century London with a host of intriguing characters and plot The Emperor’s Conspiracy makes my list of books worth reading!

Charlotte Raven is a proper lady but she hasn’t always been so.  As a young child she was Charlie and a chimney sweep.  As luck would have it she got stuck in the chimney of Catherine Howe and while her employer deserted her, Catherine did not.  She took Charlotte in as her ward and gave her a life.  Many years later Charlotte is still living with Catherine going to balls and such and yet Charlotte leads two lives – one of a proper woman in society and one of a woman who still has strong ties to the streets and people she came from.

As a young girl Charlotte was saved on the streets by Luke Bracken who is now the top crime boss in London.  Luke has always loved Charlotte and has consistently tried to lure her away from Catherine Howe but while Charlotte loves Luke like a brother she is not in love with him as a man.  Now this poses a big problem because Luke has a lot of power on the street and loves to use it especially on any man who might show even the tiniest interest in Charlotte.  As such Charlotte shies away from relationships as she’s always terrified as to what might await the man at Luke’s hands.  That is until she meets Edward.

Charlotte meets Edward through his sister Emma who she met at a ball through an unfortunate incident.  An incident though that saves the lives of three young boys and  Emma comes to stay with Charlotte and Catherine until she can get her life sorted out.  When Edward meets Charlotte he learns soon enough she’s no ordinary woman and this intrigues him.  Edward works for the Crown as a secret agent and it isn’t long before a whole conspiracy begins to unfold and both Charlotte and Edward are completely entangled in it.  Once again Charlotte finds herself bouncing between worlds getting information as she is the one person with access to both Edward’s world and that of Luke’s and that is when the sparks begin to fly both in keeping alive and between Edward and Charlotte.

Michelle Diener has a way of bringing the past alive through her writing and I was entranced with the setting and the characters.  I immediately liked Charlotte as she was both sympathetic due to her childhood and yet strong for having come through it to be the woman she is now.  I liked her spunkiness, the way she always stood up for herself, and the fact that she never minded taking risks.  Edward too was a good character.  He was one of those men who shied away from relationships of any kind but then he’d never met anyone like Charlotte before and that brings me to another thing I liked – there was romance but it was not overdone in any way; it was just perfect.  Even Luke who shouldn’t be a character to like was someone I ended up feeling sorry for and therefore liking.

The Emperor’s Conspiracy was such a good read for me and while it was the first of Michelle Diener’s books that I read, it will not be the last.  If you like historical fiction with a touch of mystery, suspense, and romance then this is the one for you!

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener is touring with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and I was very pleased to be the first to kick off the tour but be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what everyone else thought of the book too.  Michelle can be found on her website and you can pick up a copy of her book at or



I have one copy of The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener to share with my US readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do let me know and I’ll pass the entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries tweet or blog this giveaway and spread the word.

This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, December 8/12.  Good luck!

Source:  Review copy provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Gallery Books via Edelweiss.  No compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

61 Comments to “Book Review: The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener & Giveaway (US only)”

  1. Linda B says:

    Yes, I like historical fiction with mystery, suspense and romance. This sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC follower – lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. It sounds like you’ve found a new favorite author!

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  4. Anne says:

    Thanks for this great historical. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  5. ellie says:

    This novel sounds compelling and wonderful. Many thanks. I subscribe via e-mail.

  6. Lara Frame Newell says:

    Sounds good!

    I am a follower and I shared on Google+

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  7. Susan says:

    What a lovely review! I like a strong heroine, too. Please enter me in this giveaway, Darlene. I’ll post it in my blog’s sidebar. I’m a follower.


  8. Margie says:

    This book sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  9. Colleen Turner says:

    This book sounds perfect for me and I have had it on my wishlist for some time! I just love historical fiction. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  10. Colleen Turner says:

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  11. LilMissMolly says:

    I love books that are historical fiction with a touch of mystery, suspense, and romance! Thank you for the review!
    GFC Follower

  12. Audra says:

    Your review has me so esp excited for this one — I adore the cover and the premise sounds great. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the giveaway — I’m a follower.

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  13. Connie Fischer says:

    I’ve been reading a lot of great things about this novel and have added it to my Wish List. Thanks for the great review.

  14. Patty says:

    I’ve had my eye on this one. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    I shared on google+

  15. Leah Weller says:

    This story sounds like it is going to be a joy to read! Thank you for the chance in the giveaway! :)

    I follow the blog and I posted a link to this review and giveaway on my facebook page.

  16. Suz Reads says:

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

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  19. Katie J. says:

    I really enjoy historical fiction. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

  20. blodeuedd says:

    Seems be posted on the same day again :) Lol, lucky chance

  21. Lisa Garrett says:

    I love a mix of mystery and historical fiction.

  22. Lisa Garrett says:

    I follow via gfc and email and networked blogs

  23. rhonda says:

    love historical fiction email follower &twitter follower at rhondareads will tweet.

  24. zibilee says:

    Oh Dar, this sounds perfect for me, and if I don’t win it in your giveaway, I will go out and buy it for myself. It does sound like a tale that transport you to another time. Excellent review today, I can’t wait to read it!


  25. Beth says:

    Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    I’m a follower, and I tweet here:

    Thank you!

  26. bookworm says:

    This sounds great Dar, and what a pretty cover. I do enjoy historical fiction.

  27. Rachel W. says:

    I’m a follower– thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Nancy Luebke says:

    I’m a follower by email. Really like historical fiction. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Nise' says:

    Sounds like I’ve got to read this book! Great review.

    I am a follower.


  30. Patricia says:

    I love the cover and enjoy reading historical.


  31. Patricia says:

    I am already a follower of your wonderful blog.


  32. Diane B. says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book that I really would like to read. Thanks for offering it for the giveaway. I’m a follower & I tweeted.

  33. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I am a follower as well.

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    and Twitter –

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  34. I am really glad you liked this. It was my first read by this author, and I loved it! Great review

  35. Cyn209 says:

    sounds like a book i would enjoy!!!
    thanx for the giveaway!!!
    i follow via GFC….

  36. My daughter would love this book, thank you for hosting this giveaway.


  37. I follow your blog by GfC (wfnren) and Networked Blogs (Wendy Newcomb).


  38. Terry Martini says:

    I follow by GFC and email. This sounds like a book I would really like to read.

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  39. Karen Gervais says:

    Great review!! Book sounds very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.


  40. Karen Gervais says:

    I follow your blog via GFC and email.


  41. Karen Gervais says:

    I tweeted.


  42. I’ve seen this book popping up all over and it looks amazing. I follow via Google Reader!


  43. ILene Harris says:

    I like historical fiction, with a good story line, and this goods like it.

  44. Kevlin says:

    A new book to put on my wish list! I love reading historical fiction and this one sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  45. Kevlin says:

    I’m a follower through GFC (Kevlin Reads) and email.


  46. Ilene Harris says:

    I hope I win, it looks like a good book to read.

  47. nan says:

    Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m a follower.

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  48. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    I really like the cover and the story within the pages does sound good!

  49. This looks excellent! Thank you for the contest!!

  50. Erin says:

    I’d love to enter for this one! I am a follower and my address is Flashlightreader(at)yahoo(dot)com

  51. Ashley says:

    Thanks for the giveaway – I’d love a chance to win!

    I am a GFC follower

  52. hmm, sounds like another great HF, am I getting addicted or what?
    thanks for the giveaway.
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  53. I love HF and this one sounds really good! GFC follower

  54. Daniel M says:

    sounds like a fun one thanks for the giveaway!

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