Thursday, August 31, 2017

Blogival 2017: Guest Post by Matthew Redford

I’m excited to participate in the Blogival 2017.  This August, there will be all kinds of fun posts for a massive virtual celebration of Clink Street Publishing. Reviews, Interviews, Guest Posts.. Make sure to follow this fun tour this summer! 

Today I’m sharing with you a guest post of Matthew Redford, the author of 'Addicted To Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation'.

About the Book:
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.

This book is available at Amazon

How Would Willie Wortel Spend A Typical Summer?

I would like to begin by thanking you for letting me write a short article for your blog on how Willie Wortel spends his typical summer.

Well, I’m afraid to say that Wortel spends his typical summer full of angst and worry. He can’t enjoy the sun; he doesn’t get to take much holiday and he cannot wait for the colder months to come, although of course that carries the risk of frost getting under his skin, which is a challenge I have to tell you. 

And the reason why Wortel doesn’t care for summer much? Well, it is a strange phenomenon but during warmer months crime committed by members of the Food Sapiens community tends to soar. And for Wortel, this means an increase in work and pressure from his bosses to get the crimes solved quickly. 

Often Wortel will find himself placed in charge of a major sporting event for example, in July he has to oversee the security for the Food Sapiens version of Wimbledon. On the upside, he has got the autographs of Martina Navarata-padlova and Andy Curry, the UK’s only half-decent Food Sapiens tennis player. 

The worst summer Wortel had was in 2012 when London was the host city of the Cheese Olympics. He spent many an hour fretting about how he would keep the peace particularly as nobody wanted to be seated near the Gorgonzola cheeses due to the smell. And then outside the venue there were protests from water biscuits who it seemed had an obsession with the Cheese Olympics. Mind you, they were crackers after all. 

And then there are Wortel’s co-workers who don’t make the summer pass any quicker for him. There is Sergeant Dorothy Knox, Wortel’s Homo Sapiens colleague. Dorothy spends most of the summer complaining that it is too hot and that she needs to be seated near the office air conditioning, which she insists on having set at a sub-freezing level. Much to Wortel’s confusion Dorothy often says she is ‘sweating like a bullock’ which he simply doesn’t understand. Homo Sapiens do confuse him quite often. 

Also in the team are two fruit officers, Oranges and Lemons who Wortel has been lumbered with for the foreseeable future. They don’t mind the warmer weather, but what with Dorothy’s obsession with the air conditioning, they arrive for work in string vests and shorts and then have to change into long johns and jumpers.  

This summer has not proven to be any better for Wortel sadly. All seemed to be quiet on the western front until the local meat factory was subjected to an armed robbery. With the newspapers running headlines that said 'Ham, Spam, thank you ma'am' Wortel and the team knew they needed to act fast.  

And luckily for Wortel the armed robbers had left behind a telling clue. A single leaf. Pouncing on this evidence, Wortel ran forensic tests which confirmed what he suspected. It was a leaf.  

But not just any leaf, a small tight leaf which could only mean one thing. The little gems were at it again spreading terror against meat factories in their desire to force feed the world salads, dominated by the lettuce.  

The little gems were pulled in for questioning and they soon buckled and admitted the crime. But it transpired through the questioning that a larger lettuce was behind the planning of the robbery. When he was apprehended and asked why he had planned this crime, the large green lettuce looked and replied 'just cos'. 

So the summer is not Wortel's favourite time of year but he manages to get through. If you wanted to find out how he gets on in his other adventures you can find out more in Addicted to Death and Who Killed the Mince Spy?

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 asochistic 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 please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter

This event is organized by Authoright.


  1. Blogival sounds like fun! Great post. Addicted to Death has one of the most unique blurbs that I've read. LOL ~Aleen

    1. Blogival is very fun to participate in. ;) Unique is definitely the right word. LOL!! Thanks for stopping by.


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