Hello and welcome to our stop on the Cooking For Cannibals blog tour!
Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Rich Leder for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
Fountain of youth? More like murderous medication!
Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioral gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for aging in reverse.
Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defence and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence devouring dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.
As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.
Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?
Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humor that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.
When the lab Carrie works for makes a massive breakthrough and discovers the key to reversing aging she decides to go break her rule abiding behaviour and steal this medical marvel for her elderly mother.
When Johnny yet again loses a job in the restaurant business derailing his dreams of becoming a chef, his landlord throws him an opportunity at a nursing home needing kitchen staff.
This was a fast paced, unusual read that I felt spanned a few genres, and I absolutely loved it. I loved the characters in this book, from Carrie and Johnny, and their budding romance, to the barmy old folks, to the Hollywood Cleaner and suave Fixer, both who I enjoyed disliking. This book had my kind of humour which in places had me laughing out loud.
The choice of subject for this book, medication that can reverse aging, I wonder if this will ever leave science fiction and become science fact? If so I hope the side effects will not be the same as what happened in this book!
I wonder if this is the last we have seen of Carrie and Johnny?
This was my first book by Rich but it definitely will not be my last, I am now off to discover this authors back catalogue and put a few on my Christmas list!
Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than three decades. His credits include 19 produced movies—television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films—and six novels for Laugh Riot Press.
He’s been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the UNCW Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.
He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three fabulous children.
Published by Laugh Riot Press on 14th January 2021
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