Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Add Cyanide to Taste by Karmen Špiljak and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
A sinister cook, a cursed cake, and a casual dinner between neighbours that goes murderously wrong.
This debut collection of dark tales and recipes by Karmen Špiljak ascends the jagged culinary heights you’ve hungered to explore but could never find on a map. As the characters swoon over every unforgettable mouthful, and sometimes bite off more than they can chew, you’ll find yourself asking: What would I be willing to pay for the meal of a lifetime?
If feasting on culinary noir leaves you hungry, extend your pleasure by preparing the dishes featured in the stories. All recipes provided are cyanide-free.
Karmen Špiljak writes across different genres. Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised.
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In this short story collection you will find a selection of dark tales all with a culinary connection. I thought this was a brilliant thread to have running through the stories. It worked really well as each story managed to come across differently even with their common theme. Most of all though I enjoyed the dark edge at this collections heart along with that all important sting in the tail that I love! I often say it but I do like the various ways you can read a short story collection. Whether you want to take your time and read a story at a time. Or maybe you are like me and like to read a few in one go. The choice really is yours!
Add Cyanide to Taste definitely held a set of strong stories. Even though they were short they still had that ability to draw me in completely. As each story brings with it different emotions for the reader. I found myself smiling, shaking my head and even experiencing a little chill up my spine. After I finished this book I tried to figure out if I had a favourite story. In the end I couldn’t decide on just one because they all stood out for me but in different ways. So the fact that I enjoyed the collection as a whole was a definite plus for me.
Another addition to this book were some wonderful recipes that were mentioned in the stories. Perfect for if you took a liking to any of the dishes featured throughout. I guess all that’s left for me to say is that I was thoroughly entertained by all of the stories. They held twists, secrets and a touch of darkness. So why not indulge in this collection of twisted culinary tales yourself!
Karmen Špiljak is a Slovenian-Belgian writer with a taste for dark and twisty tales.
Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised. Her as yet unpublished thriller was shortlisted and received an honourable mention on ‘The Black Spring Crime Fiction Prize 2020’. She writes across different genres, from suspense to horror and science fiction.
She currently lives in Brazil with her husband and two cats.
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