Archive for November 21st, 2016

Who Killed the Mince Spy?: A Food Crime Investigation

Who Killed The Mince Spy? By Matthew Redford

Tenacious carrot, detective inspector Willie Wortell is back to reveal the deviously delicious mind behind the crime of the festive season in this hugely entertaining, and utterly unconventional, short story.

When Mitchell the Mince Spy is horrifically murdered by being over baked in a fan oven, it falls to the Food Related Crime team to investigate this heinous act. Why was Mitchell killed? Who is the mysterious man with a long white beard and why does he carry a syringe? Why is it that the death of a mince spy smells so good?

Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, the best food sapiens police officer, once again leads his team into a series of crazy escapades. Supported by his able homo sapiens sergeant Dorothy Knox and his less able fruit officers Oranges and Lemons, they encounter Snow White and the seven dwarf cabbages as well as having a run in with the food sapiens secret service, MI GasMark5.

With a thigh slap here, and a thigh slap there, the team know Christmas is coming as the upper classes are acting strangely – why else would there be lords a leaping, ladies dancing and maids a milking?

And if that wasn’t enough, the Government Minister for the Department of Fisheries, Agriculture and Rural Trade (DAFaRT) has only gone and given the turkeys a vote on whether they are for or against Christmas.

Let the madness begin!

This short story by Matthew Redford follows his deliciously irreverent debut Addicted To Death (Clink Street Publishing, 2015).

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About Matthew Redford

Born in 1980, Matthew Redford grew up with his parents and elder brother on a council estate in Bermondsey, south-east London. He now lives in Longfield, Kent, takes masochistic pleasure in watching his favourite football team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, is a keen chess player and is planning future food related crime novels. To counterbalance the quirkiness of his crime fiction Redford is an accountant. His unconventional debut crime thriller, Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation was published by Clink Street Publishing last summer.

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My Review

4 Stars

Mitchell is a Mince Spy with MI GasMark5 and he finds himself being cooked in a fan oven. The Food Related Crime team is called in to figure out who Mitchell is and why he was cooked. Carrot, Willie Wortell, and human, Dorothy Knox, have a lot on their hands as they try to figure who wanted to kill Mitchell, turkey Tarquinis Gallopava and the vote for turkey for Christmas dinner, Snow White and the six dwarf cabbages, Nicholas Claus and Rudolph, pigs in blankets, and much more.

This is a comedy of errors from the start. When genetically modified foods become sentient, our world takes a drastic change. Besides trying to find a killer, Wortell still has to fight the same bureaucratic nightmare as humans and work with less than intelligent co-workers, and so many red herrings that it’s hard to figure out what part of the story to follow.

Once I got into the story I did like the mystery and how everything worked into place. I didn’t read the first book, Addicted to Death, so I don’t know if there would have been more information. I was lost for a good chunk of this story. But overall this is a great story and I would like to read more from Matthew Redford.

I received Who Killed the Mince Spy? from Authoright for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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The Perfect Tear


The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg

Eleanor, a timid orphan, has no clue to her real purpose, but she also has no desire to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she is forced to with. Eleanor believes Edward, whom she loves, will save her from being forced to take vows. She knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her devastation is complete when she discovers Edward is a prince and heir to the throne, but it is the impetus she needs to leave the safety of the abbey and go in search of her long lost father.

She doesn’t get far before discovering her true destiny. With only her instincts to protect her, she must match wits with a powerful being intent on the destruction of her world. If she does not find The Perfect Tear and release its healing power into the land, she will become an accomplice in the destruction of all she loves.

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Author’s Bio

Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter, scriptwriter and now author with the publication of her first book The Perfect Tear. Connie studied script writing at AFTR and has had songs placed in major Australian TV series. She has just complete an album of songs connected to the book and will be performing these live at her weekly jazz gig in Melbourne.

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My Review

5 stars

Earth was created by Tsera, the Main Creator, and has infused everything with music. Lerion is jealous of Tsera and is planning on how to become the Main Creator. He has come up with a plan to destroy Earth. But Tsera has enhanced one human with extra DNA to be able to save the whole world.

Eleanor is an orphan living with nuns. She doesn’t want to take vows and become a nun. She hopes that her love Edward will save her, but Edward is a prince and cannot help her. Eleanor learns she has a destiny to save the world. She is going on an epic journey to find the Perfect Tear, a dark crystal that could save the world.

This is an amazing story. I love the world creating and how important music is to the world. Eleanor is such a strong woman, she faced adversity of many kinds and with the help of her friends and her goat and its magic bell.

This is a great fairytale that has bits of traditional stories and a whole new twist on the world. This book is great for any age and one that I strongly recommend. I admit that I didn’t realize what kind of treasure I would find reading this book. Make sure to get your copy today.

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