Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blog tour 'Who Killed the Mince Spy?' by Matthew Redford

Today I’m participating in the Blog Tour of ‘Who Killed the Mince Spy?’ by Matthew Redford. ‘Who Killed the Mince Spy?’ is a funny crime short story.

About the Book:

Tenacious carrot, detective inspector Willie Wortel 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).

The Facts:

Publication Date:
December 6th, 2016
A Food Crime Investigation
Crime, Short Story
Available at:

My Review:

When I first read the book description of ‘Who Killed the Mince Spy’ I was really fascinated. It sounded like a very different read. And since it was also a short story I decided I really wanted to give this book a chance. And so I did.

Well.. this book was definitely something else. In ‘Who Killed the Mince Spy’ we meet Detective Inspector Willie Wortel. (Yes, that really is his name.) Willie Wortel is an inspector who is working on the murder of Mitchell the Mince Spy who is horrifically murdered after being over baked in a fan oven. Together with his team of fruit officers and a human, Willie will work hard on finding out who the murderer is.

And well.. very soon after starting this book I came to the conclusion that this book wasn’t for me. Not that the writing was bad, not at all. If your able to write a story filled with ‘food’, I think it’s really impressive. And I definitely could see the humor in it. But I’m just not the kind of person for this book. I couldn’t get passed the Willie Wortel (Carrot) and his fruit officers (Lemon and Orange). I think my imagination is just not that evolved for this kind of read.

‘Who Killed the Mince Spy’ is a short story, and it was definitely long enough for me. It was a fun read, but just not for me. The fact that this story took place around Christmas time definitely made it better for me.  

My Rating:

The Tour:

About the Author:

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.

For more information about Matthew Redford please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter.

I received this book from Authoright in exchange for my honest review.


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