Blog Tour: Cooking for Cannibals
Updated: Mar 6
Fountain of youth? More like murderous medication!
Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioral gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for aging in reverse.
Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defence and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence devouring
dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.
As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.
Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?
Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like
fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humor that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.
I read and reviewed this book as part of the #damppebblesblogtours all of the views expressed below are my own.
Cooking for Cannibals is the most unique book I’ve read in a long time. It is a wild ride! It tells the story of Carrie, a researcher who has discovered a miracle drug that reverses the effects of aging. Fearing for her mother’s declining health, she steals the drug and gives it to her. The almost immediate effects are amazing and wonderful. But there’s one side effect – the sadistic murderer for hire who has been hired by the drug company to find their miracle drug.
This book is perfect for you if you appreciate darker humour and can stomach the odd torture scene or two. Strangely enough, the two characters I found most interesting were the two murder for hires; Eduardo Wolf and Tino Antonov. One is drop-dead gorgeous, and the other is quirky (potentially even lovable). These two men fascinated me – I can understand why you’d steal a miracle drug that reverses aging, but I can’t wrap my head around finding pleasure in others’ pain. The juxtaposition of the two men is extremely interesting, sure, they are good at what they do and thorough with their work, but other than that they couldn’t be more different. Eduardo Wolf is sexy and seductive; he knows how to quickly, efficiently, and effectively eliminate those in his way. Tino Antonov, on the other hand, is slightly chaotic but seemingly still in control; he enjoys toying with his victims by offering them caviar, cigars, and vodka. Two completely different men who have somehow ended up in the same profession (and quite a weird profession at that).
Cooking for Cannibals had me hooked from the word go and the colourful array of characters I met on the way kept me entertained throughout. I had my fingers crossed for Carrie that she’d get her happy ending the whole way through the book - and I like to think she will!
If you’re looking for something completely different and out there to read in the New Year, I couldn’t recommend it enough! The main plotline is captivating, and the side plot lines are just as brilliant – I couldn’t put this book down. It's certainly not for the faint-hearted, but if you can stomach a bit of cannibalism and torture, then you're fine!
About Rich Leder:
Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than three decades. His credits include 19 produced movies—television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films—and six novels for Laugh Riot Press.
He’s been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the UNCW Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.
He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three fabulous children.
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3dK15Hy
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3nObXrZ
Published by Laugh Riot Press on 14th January 2021