Following the murder of Benedict and Darcy Blacktail, two eggs savagely beaten to death outside their home by an unknown, fedora wearing assailant brandishing a large metal spoon, Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, carrot and the leading food detective in the police force, is called in to investigate. When the only food sapiens minister in the Government, Professor Perry Partridge, is murdered at the Strawberry Strip Club, run by the young damson Victoria Plum, DI Wortel suspects that the two cases may somehow be linked. As the Head of the Food Related Crime Division, DI Wortel is ably assisted by his human colleague Sergeant Dorothy Knox. But as their investigation begins, four celebrity chefs are sent death threats. It’s a recipe for disaster as the incarcerated evil genius MadCow McBeef is seeking parole; someone appears to have crumbled Mr Bramley’s apples; and there is an anti-GM food protestor on the prowl. And why do Oranges and Lemons think they owe someone five farthings? DI Wortel and his team must find out who is seemingly addicted to death. It will take all efforts – human, fruit and vegetable – to figure this one out.
Addicted to Death has to be the most wackiest and bonkers of a crime thriller that I have ever read.
The blurb for the book itself just sounded so crazy that I had to give it a go and I have to say I am so glad I did.
When two Eggs turn up dead on their own front door step after a night at the theatre it is DI Wortel’s (a carrot) job to investigate. What entails is a very tongue in cheek reading experience which is really quite humorous in parts.
In a world where homo sapiens (humans) and food sapiens (food that can talk and walk, obviously) have to live together is just unthinkable yet the author has created an array of food characters whose names usually made me chuckle to myself.
The story itself reads like a classic ‘who dunnit’ novel but is very much brought to life with the authors descriptions of the different food characters.
DI Wortel, even though a carrot is your stereo typical detective who has quite a stable home life. He has two newish recruits to the Food Related Crime Division to help him solve the latest murders, Orange and Lemon. Not only do they have a murder to investigate they have death threats to famous chefs also.
This is very much a light hearted crime caper which is definitely bonkers yet it works.
Many thanks to Kate Appleton at Authoright for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
Addicted to Death is available to purchase from Amazon