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.
This short story by Matthew Redford follows his deliciously irreverent debut Addicted To
Death (Clink Street Publishing, 2015).
What does TWG think?
I need to admit something; I only chose this book because I am obsessed with mince pies! How sad is that?! Wait, no, that isn’t the sad part. The sad part was when Mitchell the Mince Spy got murdered!!! I got so emotional that it made my pastry have a soggy bottom. Devastation right there!
It’s pretty safe to say that this book is absolutely bonkers. You will come across a carrot named Willie Wortel, fruits officers named Oranges and Lemons, and, if that isn’t enough for you, you will also meet seven dwarf cabbages!
‘Who Killed The Mince Spy’ is a book that should not be taken seriously overall. However, if you read between the pages of the recipe books, you might find yourself trying to work out whether the storyline has a true hidden agenda. It might even open your eyes to food, glorious food!
I did have a few problems trying to follow the storyline, but I didn’t let it dampen my spirits at all. I enjoyed the uniqueness and sheer hilarity of what I was reading, whether I followed it or not. Reading this book was such a breath of fresh air considering the amount of negativity that the world projects just now. If you fancy something a little bit different and have a good imagination, I would suggest giving this one a go. Don’t leave your mince pies unattended though!
Thank you Authoright.
Available to pre-order (released 6th December) from Amazon UK
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.