Praise for Knife Skills For Beginners
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'Not before time the guillotine has fallen on a culinary débâcle. Someone is found murdered at a Belgravia cookery school and all the students appear to have a motive. Orlando Murrin lards his intrigue with a smorgasbord of clues peppered with culinary tips and advice, recipes and inspiration from foodie heroes. The dénouement will leave you gasping. A must for foodies and sleuths alike.'
'Knife Skills For Beginners is a joy, packed full of fabulous culinary tips and recipes you'll want to make, alongside a decent dollop of murder and mystery. Orlando Murrin is an established chef and cookery writer, and it shows. I loved TV chef Paul Delamare. I think we should be friends.’
S. J. Bennett
'A clever, elegant, and unexpectedly scary story. And foodies will love it - the recipes are great.'
Simon Russell Beale
'What a joy this book was! Filled with vibrant characters, authentic dialogue and surprises galore, Knife Skills For Beginners had me entranced from start to finish. So smart, so bitingly witty, so well observed, it made me smile a lot. But what sets Orlando apart is his unique premise of setting a 'cosy murder' in a cookery school. Hilarious as well as instructive.
I loved the protagonist, Paul, and could feel his grief for Marcus on every page. I loved being transported through Belgravia, and could visualise the smallest house in Belgravia as though it was my neighbour.
A sparkling début with psychological depth, I shall be first in the queue to see what Paul, Julie, Lady Brash and troublesome Jonny get up to next. What a great array of characters! I can't wait to meet them again.'
C J Carver
'Fresh, engrossing and deliciously irreverent, Orlando Murrin's début blends murder, intrigue, larger-than-life characters and mouth-watering recipes in a literary feast for the senses. Think Wodehouse meets Christie with a side order of Delia!'
'Dazzlingly sharp with a wit that sparkles off the page, Knife Skills For Beginners is a dish to be savoured and re-ordered again and again. I always read at night and this gem of a debut made me go bed early so we could curl up together.'
'An intriguing and murderous trip into the world of the professional chef. Most enjoyable and highly recommended.'
'Delicious fun! Knife Skills For Beginners is bothg intriguing and mouth-watering, starring a charming hero you'll want as your best friend.'
'I absolutely loved Knife Skills For Beginners and read it in two days flat. Orlando's style is forensic and precise, yet at the same time deeply perceptive… the characters are an expertly crafted blend of the sweet and the dark, like the perfect salted flapjack. If Ruth Rendell had teamed up with Delia Smith they'd have produced something like this.'
J M Hall
'Orlando Murrin’s personality is sprinkled throughout the pages of his debut, Knife Skills for Beginners. It’s warm, it’s humorous, it’s different from anything I’ve read before. If you’re into cosy crime, this one is irresistible.'
'A delightful cast of characters, seasoned with plenty of acerbic wit, this culinary cosy crime debut is a moreish treat'
'A delicious treat with a sweet filling of murder and mystery. I'll definitely be back for seconds.'
‘A triumph!! Intriguing, clever, funny - a real page-turner.’
‘Enjoyably readable, great characters, and cooking recipes as well. Who could ask for more?’
'A deliciously twisty, enthralling and sharp mystery.'
'If Agatha Christie were to go on Masterchef, this novel would be the result. A deliciously fun murder mystery – I loved it.'
'When a book can sew together a narrative that is both searingly funny and deadly serious, it's truly a winning combination.
A main protagonist who oozes the sort of dark comic quippy genius that’s rarely seen in books like this nowadays alongside a story about a very gruesome killing, throw in a handful of mostly unlikeable (and therefore compulsively readable!) characters and you have the perfect confection!
With a twist you won’t see coming and a third act you’ll want to reread for the sheer comic value but also the nail bitingly tense action. Cannot wait for book 2.'
'In the kitchen with the meat cleaver is my favourite kind of murder and Orlando Murrin's début does not disappoint. A protagonist in over his head, a cast of characters who aren't what they seem and the perfect London cooking school all make for a murderous culinary triumph.'
'Another stylish cosy crime novel comes from chef and cookery writer Orlando Murrin... Colourful, entertaining and full of social observations, the account of Paul's odyssey also has some moments of genuine emotion.'
The Literary Review
'A lethally delicious soufflé of a crime novel – light and witty at first taste, but with rich, dark undertones. I loved the combination of crime and cookery – and how one is used to enrich the other (and vice versa). This will develop into a wonderful series with memorable recurring characters.'
'Exciting but not scary – I was completely surprised by the end. Great book – an easy but enjoyable read.'
'A deliciously dark slice of murder and mystery. Funny and fun, frightening and charming.'
'The first novel from real-life chef Murrin is a whodunnit set in a smart but struggling Belgravia cookery school, where waspishly charming Paul Delamare steps in at the last minute to run a residential course in the place of his old friend Christian. Funny, and at times unexpectedly moving, this thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery is packed with interesting recipe ideas, fascinating culinary facts and some jolly useful cooking hacks.'
Laura Wilson, The Guardian