- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Thalia Press
- Audible.com Release Date: December 9, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0193YN3YS
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Beat Slay Love: One Chef's Hunger for Delicious Revenge Audible – Unabridged
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Beat, Slay, Love is the delectable murder mystery by Thalia Filbert (who in reality are writers Taffy Cannon, Kate Flora, Lisa McClendon, Katy Munger and Gary Phillips, who all got together to have some fun writing) It's all about Hannah White, daughter of a infamous chef and whose culinary education left her with a long list of recipes and chefs that needed to learn a thing or two about humility. Her plan includes a cross country tour of food fests, sharp knives and revenge. Along the way we learn about food, poison, kinky sex, sabotage, and tv kitchens.
And as celebrity chefs start meeting their ends in spectacular ways, the FBI gets involved as well as a food blogger, whose behind the scenes knowledge of food and chefs helps the FBI lead the charge against violence in the kitchen.
What did I think? For the most part, I thought this was a fun, light-hearted murder mystery, that I loved more so because, yes, I have been addicted to watching those kitchen cook-offs. Hannah was a great character, who you could actually feel sorry for because the chefs in question were such conceited jerks, and nobody deserves to be humiliated the way she was. But murder is going a bit too far and the story built up bigger and bigger until you learned Hannah's biggest humiliation of all and what she was going to do about it. Though you knew who the killer was right from the start, her plans and adventures along the way, are what make the story fun. All done with a bit of tongue in cheek, as the chefs are exaggerated to the max (I think!?)
My initial feelings while reading the book, were that the style of the book was like a cozy, with no bad language, no gory murder details and sex that happens off screen, BUT towards the end of the book, one of the chefs makes arrangements for some kinky sex and blew that "cozy" analogy right out of the water! I really didn't think that "part" was necessary, it didn't add anything to make the story better or even seem as though it had anything to do with the story. Then, celebrity chef #2, makes arrangements to have some kinky sex herself and I was wondering if I was reading the same book. Now I have to say that kinky sex part #2, at least was tied into the murder investigation (I can't tell you how because I don't want to spoil the story), but geez, can we say gratuitous sex just a little.
(And believe me I'm not a prude in any way!) In any case... I did enjoy Beat, Slay, Love, even though I rolled my eyes at that first gratuitous kinky sex scene. I also love the cute play on words of the book title, which is a take off of Eat, Pray, Love. I read originally they were going to title the book, Beat, Flay, Love, but didn't want to be sued by Bobby Flay for slander.
If you ever watched the food channel and/or any chef throw downs you will enjoy this book! It's the perfect 3 course meal! My rating is 3 1/2 stars ( would have been 4 stars except for the eye rolling part)
There are so many good books to read and then, there are some that stand out in the crowd and a delight to read. This unusual book is one of them, describing the world of foodies, food festivals, the world of well-run and known restaurants, famous chefs with attitudes, Food Channel stars, and what goes on behind the scenes. The character study of human beings, especially the dark sides, one of the most challenging things to accomplish for most books, is done amazingly well. The paradoxes within each individual and relationships are so realistic, yet so entertaining. The plot is constantly evolving with a fast pace and unexpected twists and turns, while describing the inner world of the serial killer and the ones who are working on catching her.
The part I don’t like is the way victims are killed: being baked alive in an oven, being boiled in a lobster pot, being sliced with knife, etc. because I am a cozy fan, the murder mysteries without violence, explicit language or sex. However a couple of sex and violence scenes in the book are very innocent in comparison to what you see in most movies and TV shows today; they are necessary for the descriptions of characters; and they are not put in the book for the shock value. Over all writing of the book is brilliant. If you are a fan of John Grisham, you may like this book a lot.
Hannah blames her lot in life on many other people and she sets out to get her revenge. She does so in some innovative ways. Unfortunately for her, a food blogger notices the series of deaths in the food world. At first the FBI doesn't believe him, but as more deaths occur, they can no longer ignore them, but they also can't figure out a signature or pattern.