After the Meal of Fortune Blog Tour, I was more than happy to be involved with the new tour for this second offering from Philip Brady.
BOND MEETS BAKE-OFF IN A FAST-MOVING COMEDY CAPER
Someone’s going around killing celebrities and London’s police don’t have a clue. With outrange mounting on social media, disgraced copper DI Mark Henwell, is thrown a chance to save his career or bury it trying.
Things are finally on the up for MI5 officer, Anna Preston. But when an informant is murdered before he can pass on vital information on a terrorist plot, she has no way to find out more about the threatened attack. And no way of stopping it.
But could there possibly be a link between the murders and the terrorist plot? And what does Dermot Jack, Anna’s old flame and manager of a string of TV chefs and other lowbrow celebrities, have to do with it all?
As the police and MI5 investigations collide, Anna, Dermot and Henwell are thrown together and a tense love triangle emerges. But with a murderer on the loose and the terrorists about to strike, they really don’t have time for any of that.
Loved it! It was a good read, and a page turner. It’s a bit of a caper and one needs to suspend disbelief for certain parts of the storyline, but that’s not really a problem when the read is this much fun.
Anna and Dermot are always a joy to read, though Dermot really isn’t helping himself or his cause with Anna in this one. Oddly I may have fallen a little bit in love with DI Henwell, he’s brilliantly drawn on the page, a classic copper, dealing with the idiocy that can come along with bureaucracy. However frustrated he gets, he still gets to the answer despite ‘help’ from above. I hope he also appears in future releases of this series. I want to see more of this man, and I have a feeling Anna does too.
As this is part of a series, the question I find myself asking is would I have enjoyed it so much if I hadn’t read the previous book. Answer is, pretty much. There are a couple of references to actions in the first book, but if you hadn’t read it, they wouldn’t detract greatly.
Amazon says that this book is “a laugh out loud comedy thriller” – it’s not. At least it wasn’t for me, but I have been told I have no sense of humour. That’s not true, I do have a sense of humour, but this book still didn’t make me laugh out loud. That said, it was very amusing and it did make me smile, so it is comedy that I appreciate, but I want to give my readers a clear view of what I experienced. There is a reference to a certain Time Lord or three that I particularly enjoyed.
If you are someone who likes a few giggles with their thrills, I would heartily recommend this book.
Phil lives in west London with his wife two children and some animals, which also like to call the house home.
He is somewhat obsessed and bemused with the public and media’s fixation with celebrities of every stripe. This forms the backdrop of his books, which also tend to feature spies, gangsters, hit men and TV chefs.
His first novel, The Meal of Fortune, was published in 2017, with a second edition following in 2021. The follow up. Tinker Tailor Soldier Chef will be published in 2022.
Phil’s main rule in life is never to let tomato ketchup touch any food that is green. This may not have any deep meaning, nor may it be the soundest of principles to live by – but it’s better than many he’s come across down the years. Best not to go there though.
You can buy the ebook (only format) on Amazon.
Thanks to Philip for sharing this, Heather for inviting me in, and Overview Media for ranging the blog tour.