The Devil’s Feast

Blake and Avery Novel Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Series: Avery and Blake, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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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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Love this series and while different still as fun!

Just awesome! I'm not very judgemental and find joy in most books I read. This series is at the top of my list, however and I found this one to be as enjoyable as the rest. the narrator is terrific and the history mixed in is enlightening.

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No feast for the devil or anyone else.

I really enjoyed M.J. Carter's Blake and Avery series. and could not wait for Book 3. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. Everything seemed off. In Book 1 and 2 the character's grew and developed. In Book 3 there was little character development and they appeared tired and wooden. The plot line was convoluted. Just couldn't get into this at all.Usually in a series the writing and plots get better not with this one. Sigh.

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Poor outing for the third in a promising series

This is the third book in an otherwise promising mystery series. The two main characters are Blake and Avery. Blake is the older more experienced of the two, who are both former East India Company employees. In the first book, they are still working for the East India Company and are sent to find a missing man who was investigating the Thugs, a cult of murderers. It was very good. In the second, they are back in London, no longer employed by the East India Company, but acting as inquiry agents, looking into a series of vicious murders of publishers. Another very good book. Unfortunately, this third book is not very good. The two are looking into a series of poisoning at a gentleman's political club. Most of the book is spent explaining how the recast aura the at the club is run. At the end, the author could have chosen anyone to be the culprit, and without giving the ending away, the ultimate culprit, as well as the reasons for the poisings, were just unbelievable. Don't wast your money on this one.

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Held me prisoner

I purchase Audible books to listen to while on my 45 minute walk each day. So I expect to be able to have them last for several weeks. "The Devil's Feast" pulled me in and I was compelled to listen when I got home, when I was getting dressed, when I was driving. The details about the workings of the kitchen and the chef were, to put it mildly , fascinating. I had to discover who the culprit was but also more about each character.
This story creates an opening to hear more about the characters after this episode. I really hope so.
The narrator was phenomenal except that he barks out the dialogue. I am embarrassed to find fault with his skill, but I believe his delivery altered the content a little. I shouldn't even mention it.
This is the third book I have read in this series. The research is daunting. I learned so much about society and conditions of the time. Would I recommend this....without hesitation.

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Black and Avery should get out of England.

What did you love best about The Devil’s Feast?

Just the memory of their first adventure.

Would you be willing to try another book from M.J. Carter? Why or why not?

Yes, if they get out of England and back to some warm and wonderous landscape where their juxtaposition is an advantage.

What about Alex Wyndham’s performance did you like?

Excellent as usual.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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Kitchen intrigue

This is the third story in an excellent series. The mystery here ( who is the poisoner) isn't all that engaging, but the behind-the-scenes look at the infighting, jealousies and theft in up-scale kitchens in London men's clubs, circa 1840's, is very detailed and very interesting. I'm guessing that these same intrigues are still playing out in high-end restaurants today. There are a LOT of characters to keep track of, and I thought the team of Blake and Avery didn't get much page time. Still enjoyable, and Alex Wyndham never disappoints.

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Awesome

Blake and Avery adventures are worth the listen. Lots of rich details around a interesting story. I recommend this series.

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Another great segment of the Avery story

Enjoyed it from start to finish - I liked all the historical information and day in the life details.

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Historically interesting

I have enjoyed this series. This book was entertaining and I learned something. I’m a foodie so it really worked for me. The reader is excellent with voiced but when he whispers it’s very hard to hear him. People don’t always listen in a quiet room. It was especially difficult when I was driving.

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Kitchens and poisons in 19th Century London

A captivating mystery of rivalry amongst chefs, and a history of the genius who modernized large-scale food service. Alex Wyndham's narration gives the characters vitality and a quick pace to the story.