Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing The Meal of Fortune by Philip Brady. This was released on the 2nd of June published by 5W Press.
Failing celebrity agent Dermot Jack thinks his luck might have turned when a mysterious Russian oligarch approaches him with an irresistible proposition – help launch the pop career of the man’s beautiful daughter.
Meanwhile, Dermot’s former girlfriend Anna Preston is just as happy to be handed the chance to resurrect her own rather specialised career.
Little do they know that their paths are about to cross again – thrown together in a desperate attempt to lure the Russian, in reality a vicious arms dealer, into a highly unusual trap.
That’s going to be hard enough without having to deal with a lecherous celebrity chef, a diminutive mafia enforcer with his own agenda or one very impatient loan shark who ‘just wants his money back’. And then there’s Anna’s boss, who isn’t exactly playing it straight.
If she and Dermot are going to come out of this alive, they’ll have to learn to trust each other again, and push themselves well out of their comfort zones.
But one thing’s non negotiable. They’re absolutely not going to fall in love again. That’s never going to happen, OK?
The Meal of Fortune follows an ex boyband member turned celebrity agent down on his luck, his ex girlfriend an MI5 agent looking to resurrect her career and a Russian arms dealer as they all become entangled together in this very enjoyable and entertaining read.
Described as James Bond meets The Great British Bake Off, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Not at all like a traditional espionage thriller, this one also incorporates laugh out loud moments, a cooking show and Eurovision! Who would have thought that these would all go well together, yet they do. Add to this, great writing and a cast of characters that all bring everything to life, makes this such a fun read and I look forward to the next instalment.
Thank you to Philip Brady and Heather Fitt for my gifted copy of The Meal of Fortune, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Meal of Fortune Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Philip Brady
Phil lives in west London with his wife two children and some animals, which also like to call the house home.He is somewhat obsessed and bemused with the public and media’s fixation with celebrities of every stripe. This forms the backdrop of his books, which also tend to feature spies, gangsters, hit men and TV chefs.
His first novel, The Meal of Fortune, was published in 2017, with a second edition following in 2021. The follow up. Tinker Tailor Soldier Chef will be published in 2022.
Phil’s main rule in life is never to let tomato ketchup touch any food that is green. This may not have any deep meaning, nor may it be the soundest of principles to live by – but it’s better than many he’s come across down the years. Best not to go there though.
Blog Tour Organiser
My thanks to Heather Fitt from Overview Media for my spot on The Meal of Fortune blog tour, my gifted copy of the ebook and for the promotional materials.