Title: The Reluctant Cannibals
Author: Ian Flitcroft
Publisher: Legend Press
Publication Date: 1st October 2013
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.