Thank you, Lugo Mez (My Emerald Heart), for recommending The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester. What a deliciously wicked tale, involving food, told from the villain’s perspective. I enjoy a well-written bad character, the one I love to hate, and this book certainly doesn’t disappoint. The clues leading up to the conclusion are well-placed within the ramblings of madman connoisseur, Tarquin Winot. The recipes for food and drink are simple, elegant, and not to be ignored lest you bring the wrath of Tarquin down upon yourself.
I don’t own this book, but I must have it has part of my private library. The fact that I’ve already read it doesn’t diminish its desirability in any way. This one is definitely going on my Christmas list.
Its a must have. Ive always had it in my mind as a point of reference in as far as unconventional intoductions to a story go. When I read it, I had no information about it so I waded in blissfully ignorant and with no pre-conceived ideas and had the opportunity to feel the slow transition from cookbook to almost confession. Im glad you liked it. I could do with a re-reading myself!
Sounds like a great read. You make it sound worthy of my time. Don’t disappoint.