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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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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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  • soosiewoosie
  • 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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  • Debra K
  • 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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  • MR M D DIMOND
  • 04-10-18

Interesting history

This book ,along with the two others I have read by the same author with the same two leading characters , is a really good read and in this case a listening experience. It tells the reader what life was like for ordinary people living and working in London in the early years of Victoria’s reign, how hard life was, and highlights the difference of the lives of those born in affluent families and those living on the breadline. I look forward to another book by this author.

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  • H
  • 11-29-17

like rough and ready Holmes and Watson.

excellent stories with twist. will look forward to the next outing. excellent narration as well.

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  • Jane
  • 08-13-17

As good as last book, brilliantly read

Where does The Devil's Feast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten

What other book might you compare The Devil's Feast to, and why?

Difficult to compare. Some historical detail but doesn't overwhelm story

Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favourite?

Sam Dastor is brilliant; probably Blake and the Committee Members

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

Too long for that but I did want to find out the ending

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen, in essence a good murder mystery

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  • J. A. Burman
  • 08-01-18

Too long, but enjoyable enough

In need of editing - rather repetitive, but I enjoy stories about the era and it was interesting becoming acquainted with some real historical characters such as Alexis Soyer, the chef, and Wakley, founder of the Lancet.

Narration and sound quality was excellent.