Saturday 24 August 2013

Book Review: The Relunctant Cannibals by Ian Flitcroft

Title: The Reluctant Cannibals
Author: Ian Flitcroft
Publisher: Legend Press
Publication Date: 1st October 2013
Pages: 256
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Literary Fiction    
Source: ARC via NetGalley

When a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a secret dining society, they happily devote themselves to investigating exotic and forgotten culinary treasures. Until a dish is suggested that takes them all by surprise. Professor Arthur Plantagenet has been told he has a serious heart problem and decides that his death should not be in vain. He sets out his bizarre plan in a will, that on his death, tests the loyalty of his closest friends, the remaining members of this exclusive dining society. A dead Japanese diplomat, police arrests and charges of grave robbing. These are just some of the challenges these culinary explorers must overcome in tackling gastronomy's ultimate taboo: cannibalism. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I was first drawn to The Reluctant Cannibals by the title as I am a big Hannibal Lecter fan. Intrigued, I read the blurb and thought it sounded like a fun read, so I requested it on NetGalley.

I was not in the least disappointed with my decision as Flitcroft has created a tale full of wonderful black humour that delights at every turn. The action moved along at a lively pace while still offering fun facts on various aspects of gastronomy. The characters were endearing, and the prose was a joy to read and often put a smile on my face.

This book is engaging, original and, all in all, excellent fun. I can highly recommend it.

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