A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood ~ NetGalley Book Review by The Girl Who Reads
Thank you NetGalley and Allison & Busby for the chance to read and review A Taste for Killing! A Taste for Killing came out on the 12th of May, 2022, and can be ordered online! This is book 10 in the Bradecote & Catchpoll series! It's also review number 233 on NetGalley, which means I now have 99 more to read to hit the ever elusive 80% feedback score! I also realise as I type this that I've been calling it A Taste of Killing instead of A Taste for Killing and that would explain a lot about why one of my team members probably wants to skin me alive! I now have to go back and edit that in a lot of places.
Keep in mind that my review will have a lot of spoilers! So if you don't want any spoilers, just click the right here to check the book out on Amazon or just scroll past and read the blurb! You also need to keep in mind that the book has mention of sexual harassment so keep that in mind when you're reading it!
Book review for A Taste for Killing
January, 1145. Godfrey Bowyer, one of the least likeable people in Worcester, dies a painful death by poisoning. Suspicion falls on a whole host of people; his wife Blanche, who ate the same meal but survived; his (rumoured to be bastard) brother who is in a ton of debt; the cook who hated the wife and may have intended to kill her; the servant who was pregnant with the masters child; the man whose wife Godfrey harassed. While A Taste for Killing is interesting, it's a slow read mostly because it's written in the same dialect that was used in 1145, which slows a reader down. That being said, it keeps your interest for the most part and you can tell that they aren't going to stop digging and take an easy answer. I had no idea that taste for killing was part of a larger series when I requested it, so I'm not sure if the characters are growing or staying the same. I didn't find most of the characters memorable, all three of the men kinda blur into one for me, and as this was a series I've missed things like when Walkelin fell for Eluned, etc. While I love Blanche as a character, I wasn't happy that she was the one who had done it. I feel like that was so easy to do as she's an outsider and suddenly that one priest remembers her. She was fairly smart to have gotten away with what look like 2 other deaths, and I don't think she would have risked this all so suddenly; there were too many loose ends for her to do this so suddenly.
January, 1145. Godfrey Bowyer, the best but least likeable bow maker in Worcester, dies an agonising death by poisoning. Although similarly struck down after the same meal, his wife Blanche survives. The number of people who could have administered the poison should mean a very short investigation for the Sheriff’s men, Hugh Bradecote and Serjeant Catchpoll, but perhaps someone was pulling the strings, and that widens the net considerably. Could it be the cast-out younger brother or perhaps Orderic the Bailiff, whose wife may have had to endure Godfrey’s attentions? Could it even be the wife herself?
With Bradecote eager to return to his manor and worried about his wife’s impending confinement, and Underserjeant Walkelin trying to get his mother to accept his choice of bride, there are distractions aplenty, though Serjeant Catchpoll will not let them get in the way of solving this case.
This is the 10th title in this series, however it can be read alone!
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