Knife Skills

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Book 1 of A Shadows of Chicago Mystery
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Pub Date Mar 05 2024 | Archive Date Mar 07 2024

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"Dizzying . . . Audiences who wished the TV series The Bear had made room for Russian mobsters are in for a treat" Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Sagarine Pfister is a great cook but has been blacklisted by almost every restaurant in Chicago. She gets her chance at Louie's, a below-average restaurant, the only place that will give her a job.

Things change when she finds head chef Louie Ferrar dead in the walk-in freezer of his restaurant. But instead of closing the place down, the owner, Russian gang boss Anatoly Morzov, not only offers her Louie's job, but also the position as his personal chef. Sagarine agrees, and while she knows she's playing with fire, the chance to turn out extraordinary food at both the restaurant and for Morzov's extravagant private parties is just too tempting.

While the Chicago P.D. searches for Louie's killer, the FBI pressures Sagarine to inform on the gang. She has no choice, but things take another dangerous turn when she falls for one of Morzov's lieutenants. As Sagarine becomes more deeply involved with the gang and with her lover, the FBI's demands put her at increased risk of discovery. She has to make a decision about where her loyalties lie as she finds herself running for her life.

"Dizzying . . . Audiences who wished the TV series The Bear had made room for Russian mobsters are in for a treat" Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Sagarine Pfister is a great cook but has been...

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I enjoyed this chef centered, Russian Mob shenanigans story. It was written with dynamic flair when it came to the food and kept just the right pace for the thriller/mystery elements. Only criticism is there was no need for further fullness. It was a good time read.

Thank you to Severn House and NetGalley for providing an eARC for a honest review.

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I really enjoyed reading this book, it uses the Mob elements perfectly and had a great overall story. I thought this started the A Shadows of Chicago Mystery series perfectly and I thought they had a great introduction to the world and was invested in the characters. It had a great mystery element going on and I wanted to figure out what was going on. Wendy Church has a great writing style and I'm glad to read this and look forward to more in this series.

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Mix The Bear with a Russian mob thriller, a cook blacklister by almost all top restaurant, murders and a plenty of surprising twists.
A book that kept me turning pages and guessing.
Enjoyed it and had fun.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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