London, 1842. There has been a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London's newest and grandest gentleman's club.
A death the club is desperate to hush up.
Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate and soon discovers a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club's handsome façade - and in particular concerning its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, 'the Napoleon of food', a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity. But Avery is distracted, for where is his mentor and partner-in-crime, Jeremiah Blake? And what if this first death was only a dress rehearsal for something far more sinister?
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Too much food
Better than expected
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime friction / historical fiction. It's well paced with engaging interactions between the characters.
Avery's conversations with Matty.
He does the 'period' voice without overdoing it. He also doesn't sound silly when doing female voices.
If you can't take the heat...
I guessed who did it right away, first time ever for me. This means that either I've listened to too much crime fiction or it was a tad obvious. I was disappointed as I don't try very hard to work it out and like the surprise at the reveal at the end. Never mind. I still enjoyed this book very much.
- Debbie Rowe