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Crime Fiction Feast 2009

Here at Chateau Crime Fiction, we have decided to lay out our recommendations for a Christmas Feast of Crime Fiction in the form of a menu.  They are based on books read in 2009 – those enjoyed the most.  Please note that none of the contributing chefs have been paid by us for their sterling efforts and neither did your proprietor mistress receive any form of payment for their inclusion on the menu.


We hope you enjoy this year's menu.  (Our front of house man may provide a further menu next week.  But it's the really busy season, you understand…)


Chateau Crime Fiction Christmas Feast Menu 2009



A Very Persistent Illusion (Chef: L. C. Tyler)

A charming and amusing non-crimefic tale of the awakening to reality; to set your festive mood.






The Earth Hums in B Flat (Chef: Mari Strachan)

1950s north Wales village life and the loss of innocence for young Gwenni.


Mrs D’Silva’s Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta (Chef: Glen Peters)

1960s Anglo-Indian Calcutta with corruption hidden at its core.





Fish Course

Ten Little Herrings (Chef: L. C. Tyler)

Ethelred & Elsie take on France, philately, chocolate and murder, with a comedic fin or two.


Skin and Bones (Chef: Tom Bale)

A fleshy thriller that begs to be eaten in one sitting. Conspiracy in a whirling bowl.


Back to the Coast (Chef: Saskia Noort)

Stalked Maria leaves Amsterdam for the coast & some fishing into her own past.





Meat Course

The Ignorance of Blood (Chef: Robert Wilson)

The meaty end to the superb Falcon quartet. Requires strong teeth & disposition. Spanish theme.


Shadow (Chef: Karin Alvtegen)

A gripping tale of how people get their teeth into one another over the generations. Swedish meatballs.


A Quiet Belief in Angels (Chef: R. J. Ellory)

Your Wagyu steak served rare: a bumper pack of good and evil in one person’s life.






A Kind of Intimacy (Chef: Jenn Ashworth)

Ill-conceived perception and reality meet in an explosive climax. A flambé.


Close-Up (Chef: Esther Verhoef)

An intimate relationship haunted by death. For two to share.


The Reunion (Chef: Simone Van Der Vlugt)

The final resolution of a childhood disappearance. With terrible ramekinations.






Acts of Violence (Chef: Ryan David Jahn)

A selection of vignettes around a tragic death; all with a sharp bite.


Stop Me (Chef: Richard Jay Parker)

A game of cat and mouse played across the Atlantic & the internet.  American diner included.





All feasts are served with lashings of coffee to keep you reading well into the night.


6 comments on “Crime Fiction Feast 2009

  1. MarDixon
    November 27, 2009

    This is the best blog post ever. Thank you!

  2. Philip
    November 27, 2009

    An exotic menu, Rhian — I’ve not even heard of six of these chefs. But you entice me to have a nibble, you temptress. I shall have to read The Earth Hums in B Flat, which is true, thinking of my Welsh great-grandma, though she grew up in South Wales in the 1860s and 70s, I strongly suspect lost her innocence in Staffordshire, and then got married in London after they located my great-grandfather, who had tried to escape this tricky situation by running off in the company of a famous clog dancer by the name of Rafferty.

  3. Margot Kinberg
    November 27, 2009

    Rhian – Thanks for this wonderful list of delicious crimefic choices : ). I love your restaurant!

  4. Norm
    November 27, 2009

    A fantastic treat at Its a Crime as usual. I have only partaken of four of these delicacies including greedily two meat dishes, but they were all delicious especially the starter recommended by the Chef d’Ecole Pay de Galles.

  5. kimbofo
    November 27, 2009

    Brilliant! You are very clever. I *love* this idea for a post!

  6. cfr
    November 28, 2009

    Thanks for all your comments.
    We hope the restaurant will continue operation into the new year, even during this recession.

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