Thrilled today to be starting the tour for a most unusual book. Many thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours for having me and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: She thought it was pork. She was wrong.
The first time hapless food inspector Emily Underwood meets butcher Frank Pinch, he’s not got much at all in his display counters. But what he does have is a rather unusual plan to restock his shelves. The next time they bump into each other, he’s won an award for his sausages but is running out of meat.
Can Frank keep up production of his unusually tasty sausages? Will Emily discover the source of Frank’s award-winning meat? And what will happen the next time she tries to inspect his butcher’s shop?
Book 1 in the Rub-a-Dub-Dub trilogy, this deliciously British dark comedy will change the way you look at sausages forever.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FCVB791/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Butcher-Rub-Dub-Dub-Book-ebook/dp/B07FCVB791/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+butcher+nathan+burrows&qid=1561548847&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Butcher.html?id=fpnZuQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y
The Butcher is available to download in ebook format for only 99p/99c for a limited time.
My Review: It doesn’t take a genius to guess at what the ‘not pork’ actually is. However, even guessing correctly doesn’t detract from what is a dark and funny read. I read this book in a day, yep 1 day, I genuinely could not put it down. The story is set in an UK post Brexit where there are no EU imports so Frank is struggling to run his butcher’s shop. Through a serious of random accidents and misunderstandings Frank ends up with an award for his sausages which are created by his brother Tom who runs their farm.
Essentially this is a story about two brothers trying to survive in a world which has been the subject of changes that have affected them quite severely. This is also a story of near-misses, grisly humour and how we don’t always know what will happen next. I’m not squeamish so didn’t happily have any issues with that side of the story. I enjoyed the characters, I didn’t like all of them but that’s understandable as some were just cringe inducing and smarmy and no one likes people like that. The descriptions were good, detailed a ough but not too detailed.
The thing about this book though, is the fact that you know from page 1 what is happening. There’s no mystery to solve but what kept me reading was wondering when/if the truth will be discovered and what would happen next. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste (ha ha) but it will definitely appeal to those who like their stories dark and with macabre humour. And apparently I am one of those people, who knew, thankfully there are more in the series so I have something new to get stuck into……..
About the author:
Nathan Burrows is a writer based in Norfolk in the United Kingdom. His debut novel, a legal thriller called ‘Blind Justice’, was published in March 2018.
He’s also the author of a dark comedy trilogy set in Norfolk. The first in the series is ‘The Butcher’, a deliciously funny story about – amongst other things – sausages. The second in the series is ‘The Baker’, which features Norfolk’s most useless cult. And finally, ‘The Candlestick Maker’ is about a fitness instructor with a difference.
The next book to be released will be ‘Man Down’, a return to more traditional thrillers. It’s a military story set in Afghanistan which will be released in the Autumn, 2019. Also releasing later in the year is ‘Finding Milly’, which explores just how far a man will go to find his missing daughter.
Nathan’s a keen reader as well as a writer. He occasionally runs marathons, has a Norwich City football club season ticket, and is the proud part-owner of a Daschund puppy called Bertie.
For more information, visit http://www.nathanburrows.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathan-Burrows/e/B079KS96CQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1