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).
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.
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.