"The most wonderfully unique and twisted murder mystery set in a world of fantastical proportions, and even better, it introduces a fabulous new crime-solving duo."
I’m so so excited about this novel, it bonds my love of crime fiction and fantasy in the best possible way. Author Robert Jackson Bennett says that: “I actually really enjoyed writing this one, and plan to write more murder mysteries…”. Personally, I hope that a series will be born, as I just have to experience more of this world. Eccentric investigator Ana Dolabra and her magically altered assistant Dinios Kol are called to investigate a suspicious death, where a tree has erupted from the body of an Imperial officer. They discover murder, corruption, and greed as they attempt to solve the mystery of why anyone would put their lands in such horrific danger. The world building on display here is just superb, I was immediately invested in and felt a part of the vivid empire that slotted into place around me. I had no reservations in believing in this society that twisted itself into being around plants and fungi. Dinios recounts the tale, and as he has the ability of perfect recall, he makes for a fascinating narrator. There is a whisper of Holmes and Watson here in terms of the brilliance of the pairing, but Ana and Dinios resolutely stand in their own right as a crime-solving duo. The mystery itself is a wonderful but absolute bugger of a thing as it slinks and swerves and smirks its way through the story. I love this tale so much, I just had to include it as a Liz Pick of the Month, and of course it joins the ranks of our LoveReading Star Books. So brilliantly creative it actually almost hurts, this is one I am shouting from the rooftops about. Original and compelling, The Tainted Cup deserves to fly far and wide, it’s an absolute corker of a read!