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Addicted to Death

Addicted to Death:
A Food Related Crime Investigation

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.
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Matthew RedfordAbout 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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First crime fiction authors read by the author

Firstly I would like to start by thanking for you providing me with this opportunity to write a guest blog for your site.

I’ve been asked to write about the first crime fiction authors I read, and I guess in many ways, the question is seeking to find out whether those authors influenced my writing in any way. I think this is a really interesting question because it not only provides me with the opportunity to think back on those authors who wrote books I enjoyed reading, but it allows me to reflect on what influence they actually had. And as someone who enjoys that reflectiveness, this topic was a delight.

I’m going to pick out three authors who I think are worth mentioning.

The first is Enid Blyton and her ‘Famous Five’ collection. And I recognise as the reader you can’t see this, but just typing the words ‘Famous Five’ has resulted in a big smile on my face for a number of reasons. The main reason being that they are just simply enjoyable, well written stories. They were among the first set of books I read, and importantly, which were read to me by my parents. I don’t think the importance of that latter point can be stressed enough; the importance of spending time with young children reading to them, reading with them.

Now you might be wondering if Enid Blyton is really a crime fiction author but her stories nearly always involved a wrong-doer being stopped. And while reflecting about the Enid Blyton books, the thing which sticks out about them now is their innocence. I like that. The stories flow. They move at a pace. There is a friendship to the group. But there is an underlying innocence. And ginger beer of course.

I guess that was something I wanted to try and capture with my writing. A childlike innocence while still letting the story pack a punch.

That leads me to the next author, Ian Harvey, who wrote the Resnick novels. I am not sure how many of you will be familiar with those books but he is certainly a million miles away from dear old Enid.

Resnick is a tough policeman who keeps order on the streets of Nottingham, while struggling to keep order in his home life. The alcohol flows, the jazz music plays, and the murders rack up. But he always gets his man. Gritty. Real. No punches pulled. And I love the books.

So how can someone like Ian Harvey have been an influence on my style of writing which has affectionately been called ‘quirky’ and ‘bonkers’. Well actually, it was a great influence, because I knew I wanted to write a crime fiction book, but having read something so gritty and true to life as the Resnick novels, I knew I was not going to be able to create something of that style. My writing style is very different and these books helped my realise I needed to find my own voice.

Which leads me to my third author, who you may not immediately think of as a crime fiction author. So let me set the scene and argue my case for this author who I will name in a few moments. Perhaps you can try and guess who it is?

Here is the premises of the story. A young boy is orphaned and forced to live with his two aunts who effectively force him into child labour. They eat him, he lives in squalid conditions and he hardly fed. This is clearly a crime. The young boy is eventually rescued and escapes these awful conditions.

Have you worked it out yet?

It’s of course Roald Dahl and the book is James and the Giant Peach, one of the great crime fiction novels. Okay, so perhaps I am stretching a point but the fact is that there was a crime in the book and the bad guys get their comeuppance in the end.

Clearly Roald Dahl had a massive influence on my writing. He demonstrated that anything is possible and any situation believable.

Which is why I hope you may take some time to read about Food Sapiens, those walking, talking, tax-paying food items who live amongst us. Follow the shenanigans of Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, a carrot, as he leads his team against food related crimes. Check out Addicted to Death or a Christmas cracker, Who Killed the Mince Spy?

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2016: July wrap-up

July 2016 wrap-up

I have the feeling insanity around our world makes me dive deeper into reading. So I read a lot in July, my best month so far this year:

Here is what I read in July:

12  books:
10 in print

with 2,573 pages, that is: 83 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 22H23, that is: 43 mn/day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny – audio
  2. All is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker
  3. Too Dark to Sleep, by Dianne Gallagher
  4. Murder at the Lanterne Rouge, by Cara Black – audio

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The President’s Hat, by Antone Laurain – ebook
  2. The Eskimo Solution, by Pascal Garnier – ebook

2 in verse:

  1. Purgatorio, by Dante
  2. Revolting Rhymes, by Roald Dahl

2 in graphic “novels”:

  1. The Black Island, by Hergé
  2. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti – this is nonfiction

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Max Gate, by Damien Wilkins

1 in nonfiction

  1. Orthodox Spirituality, by Dumitru Staniloae

My favorites in July

 All is not Forgotten   The President's Hat

 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 28/25 – FINISHED
Audiobook: 7/10-15
Classics Club: 4/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 19/21-30
Ebook challenge: 20/25
Historical fiction: 9/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 28/50
New Release (2016): 22/16-30
Nonfiction challenge: 8/11-15
Books in Translation: 18/12 – FINISHED
What’s in a Name: 3/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2016 = 55/100

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 12

Blog recap

  • I hosted 2 guest-posts
  • 5 of the 12 books I read were received for review
  • French Bingo 2016 has 17 participants and 23 reviews posted so far. It’s not too late to join. Don’t forget to link your reviews! And in case you are stuck, we have plenty of choices regularly updated.

  • I organized 5 giveaways. The one for August at France Book Tours is now available. There are 2 books to choose from, and I will pick 2 winners. Be sure to follow through email not to miss weekly giveaways.

Most popular book review in July

The Vegetarianclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Freedom To Read Giveaway Hop

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Stuck in Books

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

7: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

6: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

3: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,396 posts
over 3,850 subscribers
over 116,700 hits

Plans for August

Start reading BEA copies I received for books to be released in September


Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in August!

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How was YOUR month of  July?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!