The Devil by M.J. Carter

The Devil

Investigative team Blake and Avery find themselves entangled in a case involving political conflicts, personal vendettas, and England s first celebrity chef. London, 1842. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London s newest and grandest gentleman s club a death the club is desperate to hush up. What he soon discovers is a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simme...

Details The Devil

TitleThe Devil
Release DateMar 28th, 2017
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Mystery, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Devil

  • Always Pouting
    I haven't read the first two books in the series but it didn't really matter because the book can stand alone which I appreciate. I really loved Matty. The writing was good and the plot line was interesting. I don't care much for politics but I still enjoyed it and I really liked that the author gave some historical context afterwards. It's basis on history was pretty interesting. The only thing that confused me was when they introduced so many c...
  • Susan
    This is the third Avery and Blake mystery, following on from, “The Strangler Vine,” and “The Infidel Stain.” I love M J Carter’s books – both her fiction and non-fiction – and I am pleased to say that this is a good addition to the series.When we meet up with Captain William Avery, he is a new father. However, although he is enchanted by his baby son, he is finding his relationship with wife, Helen, difficult. Leaving his family in ...
  • Faith
    In this book, Avery and Blake investigate the deaths of several men who dined at an exclusive men's club in London. The kitchen is run by celebrity chef Alexis Soyer who is not only an incredible chef but the inventor of many kitchen innovations. I learned from the afterword that Soyer was a real person. I didn't have a problem with the mystery plot, but the book was so over burdened with details that I found it tedious to read. The author obviou...
  • Bettie
    Description: London, 1842. There has been a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London's newest and grandest gentleman's club. A death the club is desperate to hush up. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate, and soon discovers a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club's handsome façade-and in particular concerning its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, 'the Napoleon of food', a chef w...
  • Susan Johnson
    Alexis Soyer is the first celebrity chef in London in 1842 (think Gordon Ramsey). He is preparing an elaborate banquet for the Prince of Egypt that could have international consequences. He works at the Reform Club where Whigs and the radicals hold court. The only problem? Diners are starting to die. One here and one there but it is bad for business when your patrons are poisoned. Captain William Avery is called in by committee members to investi...
  • Kate
    Another excellent - and this time rather culinary - Victorian mystery in the always enjoyable company of Blake and Avery. I do love this series.
  • joyce g
    Quite a beautiful book, the descriptions of the kitchen, staff and then the magnificent food stuffs created were amazing.
  • Sammm [involuntarily somewhat on hiatus]
    >[List of food in this book][List of food in this book]
  • Sid Nuncius
    I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley. This normally means that I feel obliged to finish a book, but I'm afraid that after 150 pages or so of The Devil's Feast I just got so bored that I decided that enough was enough.It's not that it's terrible. M.J. Carter can write well and she gets the Victorian voice sufficiently accurately to be pretty convincing – although some very modern, US-originated usages do creep in, like "Are we done, gent...
  • Kathy
    It seems I have liked each book in this series a bit less than the first one. Briefly, this starts off with Blake in The Marshalsea and refusing to be manipulated by the man who put him there falsely, leaving Avery to respond to a request for help from Blake's friend, London's first famous French chef. Diners are being poisoned. Avery does his best, but things get worse. I did not enjoy the lengthy conversations in the men's club. There was a gre...
  • Zulfiya
    Yet again, a well researched book with multidimensional characters and serious social, political, and cultural undertones. Excellent writing is also a plus with the snarky sense of humor and entertaining dialogue. No wonder these books do not sell as other cheap, preposterous thrillers or mysteries. One has to have some semblance of IQ and decent education to enjoy them... This is not a brain candy that hit bookstores and libraries millions a day...
  • Susu
    I must admit that this was a huge disappointment. I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but this one was slow and had too many suspects for the perpetrator of the crimes. It was difficult to keep them straight, so I neither liked nor disliked any of them. As a result, it mattered not who the villain was. It also contained an excessive amount of description of food and food preparation. But, I do enjoy the relationship between Blake and Ave...
  • Laurie
    In 1842 London, Captain William Avery finds himself inadvertently drawn into a possible murder investigation. At the end of a fantastic meal by celebrity chef Alexis Soyer at the Reform Club in the chef’s own rooms, one man sickens and dies. At first glance it looks like cholera, but a closer look at the symptoms proves it to be poison. And it turns out not to be the only incident; another death follows, and investigation turns up some possible...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin Books (UK) for an advance copy of The Devil's Feast, the third novel in Ms Carter's Blake and Avery series.It is 1842 and Captain William Avery is visiting his friend Jeremiah Blake in The Marshalsea debtors' prison where he has been falsely imprisoned for refusing to do Sir Theophilus Collinson's bidding. Left to his own devices Avery gets invited to dinner at the Reform Club and finds himself nursing ...
  • Simon
    Same reservations I had for The Strangler Vine, the first book in the series. I haven't read the second, but will probably do that at some point. Carter has a sure handle on early Victorian London, and her descriptions of the city, the Reform Club environment and most especially the kitchen at the latter are absolutely enthralling. I am going straight from this read to a biography of Alexis Soyer, the "Napoleon of cooks" and a main character in T...
  • Janet Martin
    Another fascinating and well researched book, this episode set in London, 1842. Carter moves her characters into a completely new scene, this time the clubs of the political and well-to-do and the growing competition between chefs to provide dining experiences to enhance the reputations and ability to generate money in competing clubs.
  • Hameeda
    A true feast for readers!!!
  • Jo
    The author clearly did a lot of research, but then put it all into this book in huge sections. I was disappointed by the murder reveal. The first book was infinitely more interesting, and I hope the author abandons the London setting and takes these characters back to India.
  • Jo
    Third outing for Blake and Avery although Avery is flying solo for the beginning of the story. A mysterious death at a gentleman's club has the Committee concerned when it's revealed he was poisoned. Avery looks into matters on their behalf. I enjoy Carter's writing and the characters she's created but I didn't think this was as good as the first two books in the series.
  • Karina
    I like the Blake & Avery series very much; set in the mid 1850s, they depict Victorian London as vibrant, corrupt, and fascinating. I did feel sometimes that the research overshadowed the writing in this one however, but there is no such thing as a 'bad' M J Carter book.
  • Sophie
    The Devil’s Feast is book three in M.J. Carter’s Avery and Blake series. I haven’t read the first two – but I really wish I had! Not because these books can’t be read as standalones, as they can, but because I found the third book in the series to be highly entertaining and engaging, a treat of a book with a compelling mystery and a vivid, intriguing Victorian London setting and timeframe. Since this was my first introduction to the cha...
  • OLT
    This is the third in Carter's Blake/Avery Victorian mystery series. Blake, Carter's version of Sherlock Holmes, and Avery, her Watson, met in India in the very first and very best book of the series, THE STRANGLER VINE. Once the two moved back to England, however, the exotic uniqueness of this series was lost, although the quality of Carter's research into the period remains impeccable.Perhaps part of my dissatisfaction with this third entry is t...
  • Devon
    I would like to thank the Penguin First-to-Read program for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Disclaimer: I received this book, not knowing at the time that this book was a part of a series. It was the third book in the Avery and Blake mystery series to be precise. I don’t think that my review would give the book justice, at least until I can read the first two volumes.The story centers primarily from the perspective of Captain...
  • JJ
    I give this book four stars though it was not my favourite Blake and Avery book.Avery is, as ever, the narrator, and the usual description of being Watson to Blake’s Holmes is fairly apt.The story takes place in the Reform Club in London. We are introduced to the true-life character of Alexis Soyer the flamboyant French chef who not only made the most elaborate and tasty dishes but invented so much of the equipment in use in the kitchens that t...
  • Mandy
    3.5 stars. The setting here is still Dickensian/Victorian London. This time, Avery starts out sans Blake because Blake has gotten himself in a bind (mostly due to a pissing contest between him and Collinsworth). Avery ends up being charged with investigating poisonings at the Reform Club, a gentleman's club in London. The chef, Soyer, is London's first celebrity chef. Matty from the previous book is working there, as well. I loved the setting and...
  • Sophie
    MJ Carter is such an exciting writer whom offers us well researched storylines, atmospheric twists & turns that immerses us in to her characters' world but "The Devil's Feast" just falls short in the storyline.She introduces far too many minor-secondary characters that are somewhat forgettable leaving us confused & bored at times.I adore the relationship between Blake & Avery our 2 mismatched Inquiry Agents that brilliantly solve crimes all over ...
  • Tom Williams
    This murder mystery is set around the Reform Club, more particularly the kitchens of the Reform. Somebody is poisoning the members and, with the Pasha of Turkey about to be hosted to dinner by Lord Palmerston, it's imperative that the poisoner is caught before he (or she) triggers an international incident.Blake and Avery are here in their third adventure, Avery bumbling amiably about while Blake does the serious detecting. There is a real myster...
  • Katie Bee
    I enjoyed this book. Carter has a gift for the period, and the Reform Club is an interesting setting. Avery, while continuing to be naive at times and somewhat of a bumbler, is a bit less annoying. He seems to be aware of his own shortcomings now and yet not paralyzed by them - he tries to solve the murders even though he feels overmatched. Meanwhile Matty continues to be a great character, and Soyer is a vibrant addition to the landscape.My main...
  • Allie Riley
    I started reading this last year, took about three weeks or so to get halfway through, before abandoning it altogether. For what reason, I can't recall, although I can only presume it must have been me and not the book. I had already read the first two excellent instalments in this series and presumed it would be easy going. This time round, I have read the vast majority of it in one day, positively wolfing it down. To begin with it was less sati...
  • David
    This the third and to date the last of M.J. Carter's Avery & Blake series. I rate this book only slightly lower than her two pervious books with a 3.3*s instead of 3.5*s This book is also a mystery, like The Infidel Stain, that takes place in 1840's London. This one revolves around the kitchen of a political club and contains wonderful detail of the club life and the kitchen operation. It was not as interesting as the first two in the series beca...