Published by Fig Tree
Thursday 27th October 2016 | hardback | £14.99
THE DEVIL’S FEAST
by M. J. Carter
A BLAKE & AVERY MYSTERY
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. 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?
Praise for The Printer’s Coffin:
‘An entertaining stew of blackmail, murder and incomprehensible slang... Like Dickens, Carter's righteous anger at Victorian hypocrisy does not prevent her from revelling in it with infectious glee’
‘Vividly realised... the second outing for [Blake and Avery] is even more fun, with the same blend of derring-do and elegant writing’ Financial Times
‘While the relationship between the dynamic duo Blake and Avery evolves in a nuanced, tender way the real star of the show in this complex, clever novel is London itself’ Evening Standard
M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of the Blake and Avery series, The Strangler Vine, The Printer’s Coffin (formerly published as The Infidel Stain) and The Devil's Feast. The Strangler Vine was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association New Blood Dagger Award and longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. M. J. Carter is married with two sons and lives in London.
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