I was sent Unsavory (I always want to put the “u” in that word!) Delicacies by the author as a review request some while ago, but have really struggled to find time at the weekend to get it read – which is crazy as it’s a very short read!
Unsavory Delicacies is a trilogy of short stories (starter, main & dessert), namely – Crème Brûlée, To the Last Bite & Shashlyk and Morezhenoe. The three stories are very short, very fast paced & quite thrilling! The stories are all interconnected by a restaurant (not the same restaurant, mind) & an underlying theme – revenge. Crème Brûlée begins in a restaurant in Old Montreal (love stories that take place in my native Canada!) & features spies & some serious intrigue. To the Last Bite is about a food critic, Dennis Kirby, who takes great pleasure in ripping restaurants apart in his column. This one is not for the faint of heart, or those with a delicate stomach! Shashlyk and Morezhenoe takes place in Russia & features a character from Crème Brûlée, Ridley Fox & again features spies – this time with a Russian Mafia twist.
All 3 stories are excellently written – my only regret is that they are so short. I think that all 3 could have been a lot longer & still would have been as good. These left you wanting more – a lot more………but maybe that was Brooks’ idea all along!