Knife Skills for Beginners

A Novel

by Orlando Murrin

On Sale: 02/27/2024

Knife Skills for Beginners

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Knife Skills for Beginners

A Novel

by Orlando Murrin

On Sale: 02/27/2024


About the Book

The Maid meets Top Chef in this first novel in a new cozy crime series, where at a Belgravia cookery school, murder is on the menu.

At a Belgravia cookery school, murder is on the menu

A recipe for disaster.

When chef Paul Delamare agrees to help his old friend Christian by teaching at an exclusive residential cookery school in Belgravia, the only thing he expects his students to murder is his taste buds. But on the first night, the unthinkable happens: someone turns up dead.

The school rests on a knife-edge.

Could one of his students be the killer? Or could it be Rose—the owner of the school, a woman with secrets and a murky past? The police are convinced Paul is the culprit. After all, he’s good with a blade, was first on the scene—and everyone knows what chefs are really like.

It all boils down to murder.

The students are sharpening their knives, and if Paul can’t solve the mystery fast—as well as teach them how to make a perfect hollandaise sauce—he’ll be the next to get the chop.

Critical Praise

“I absolutely loved Knife Skills for Beginners and read it in two days flat. Orlando’s style is forensic and precise, yet at the same time deeply perceptive... the characters are an expertly crafted blend of the sweet and dark, like the perfect salted flapjack. If Ruth Rendall had teamed up with Delia Smith they’d have produced something like this.” — J. M. Hall, bestselling author of A Spoonful of Murder

“Dazzlingly sharp with a wit that sparkles off the page. Knife Skills for Beginners is a dish to be savoured and re-ordered again and again. I always read at night and this gem of a debut made me go bed early so we could curl up together.” — Jane Corry, Sunday Times bestselling author

Knife Skills for Beginners is a joy, packed full of fabulous culinary tips and recipes you'll want to make, alongside a decent dollop of murder and mystery. Orlando Murrin is an established chef and cookery writer, and it shows. I loved TV chef Paul Delamare. I think we should be friends.” — S. J. Bennett

“Delicious fun! Knife Skills for Beginners is both intriguing and mouth-watering, starring a charming hero you’ll want as your best friend.” — Tess Gerritsen, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Spy Coast

“In the kitchen with the meat cleaver is my favourite kind of murder and Orlando Murrin’s debut does not disappoint. A protagonist in over his head, a cast of characters who aren’t what they seem and the perfect London cooking school setting all make for a murderous culinary triumph.” — Emma Styles, author of No Country For Girls

“A deliciously dark slice of murder and mystery. Funny and fun, frightening and charming.” — Chris Whitaker

“Fresh, engrossing and deliciously irreverent, Orlando Murrin’s debut blends murder, intrigue, larger-than-life characters and mouth-watering recipes in a literary feast for the senses. Think Wodehouse meets Christie with a side order of Delia!” — Tammy Cohen

“If Agatha Christie were to go on Masterchef, this novel would be the result. A deliciously fun murder mystery – I loved it.” — Clare Pooley

“A real treat, as sharp as the best kitchen knife with a wonderfully acerbic protagonist who I’d be very happy to spend more time with. It has all the ingredients of the best cosy crime.” — Trevor Wood

“A deliciously twisty, enthralling and sharp mystery.” — Nadine Matheson

“A great book – exciting, easy to read and the ending took me totally by surprise.” — Caroline Waldegrave 

“An intriguing and murderous trip into the world of the professional chef. Most enjoyable and highly recommended.” — Kate Ellis

“The denouement will leave you gasping. A must for foodies and sleuths alike.” — Lindsey Bareham


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443470070
  • ISBN 10: 1443470074
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 02/27/2024
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

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