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Hamburg State Prosecutor Chastity Riley and her colleagues investigate the murders of men with a history of abuse towards women … as a startling, horrifying series of revelations emerge. When neatly packed male body parts wash up by the River Elbe, Hamburg State Prosecutor Chastity Riley and her colleagues begin a perplexing investigation. As the murdered men are identified, it becomes clear that they all had a history of abuse towards women, leading Riley to wonder if it would actually be in society’s best interests to catch the killers. But when her best friend Carla is attacked, and the police show little interest in tracking down the offender, Chastity takes matters into her own hands and as a link between the two cases emerges, horrifying revelations threaten Chastity’s own moral compass … and put everything at risk.
The award-winning, critically acclaimed Chastity Riley series returns with a slick, hard-boiled, darkly funny thriller that tackles issues of violence and the difference between law and justice with devastating insight, and an ending you will never see coming…


Hi and welcome to my review of The Kitchen!

First of all, thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invite and to Orenda Books for the digital proof. All opinions are, of course, my own.

The Kitchen was first written in 2010, has been revised by the author and has now been translated by Rachel Ward, which means that it’s an earlier book in the Chastity Riley series and it works perfectly as a standalone. If you haven’t met Chas, this is a great place to start, but beware, she’s highly addictive and may, as she does me, have you hooked for the rest of her days!

The Kitchen kicks off with my favourite prosecutor and her colleagues investigating a couple of murders, evident by washed up body parts that have been wrapped and packed in a very Dexterish fashion. Things escalate from there and let me just sum it up by saying: bloody hell!

This entire series tends to be quite dark, but The Kitchen, well, it’s beyond pitch black! Not all of that darkness is explicit on page, but the subject matter is gruesome to say the least. If you know me at all, you know that’s the way I love my crime fiction, so gobble it up I did.

Now, did the big reveal come as a complete surprise? It did not, I’m nothing if not dark crime fiction savvy. Did I care? Not one iota, I just had my “oh no what the hell” moment really early on and I enjoyed the ride from there on. I did wonder when everything would come out and what would happen then and all I can say is: I love Chas even more now.

I’ve been a huge fan of this series for years. There is just something about Simone Buchholz’s and Rachel Ward’s writing that always hits that sweet spot. Add the setting in Hamburg, the rather unique POV of a state prosecutor, the acerbic humour and the short “oh just one more” chapters with their brilliant titles, and this is a series I’m always thrilled to get back to.

The Kitchen is fantastic crime fiction, a police procedural with a twist, and one that I would happily recommend, especially to readers who enjoy the genre but are looking to spice things up a bit.

The Kitchen is out now from Orenda Books. Order your paperback or eBook here.

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