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Publisher's Summary

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?
©2016 Orlando Books Ltd (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 11-09-17

Evocative thriller.

MJ Carter has dished up yet another evocative thriller. Blake and Avery are drawn reluctantly into the halls of the Reform Club to solve another case. It is in these hallowed portals that they meet the famous Alexis Soyer and his vast array of kitchen staff. With assistance and obstruction from Club members, they begin to unravel a poisonous plot.

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4 out of 5 stars
By soosiewoosie on 09-30-17

Too much food

This isn't as good as the two previous books in the series. It's as if the author got hold of a lot of historical information about Victorian food and famous chefs and cobbled a story around them. The descriptions of the meals are too long winded and detailed and became boring, and the solution to the mystery wasn't believable.
A bit of a let down.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Debbie Rowe on 08-28-17

Better than expected

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime friction / historical fiction. It's well paced with engaging interactions between the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Avery's conversations with Matty.

What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

He does the 'period' voice without overdoing it. He also doesn't sound silly when doing female voices.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you can't take the heat...

Any additional comments?

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.

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