A Little Leg Work

A Little Leg Work When you order a meal in a restaurant how can you be sure you get what you asked for Isn t that meat a little pale to be beef And what tastes like chicken doesn t mean it s actually chicken The thing

  • Title: A Little Leg Work
  • Author: Royce Leville
  • ISBN: 9783981458510
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • When you order a meal in a restaurant, how can you be sure you get what you asked for Isn t that meat a little pale to be beef And what tastes like chicken doesn t mean it s actually chicken The thing is, most diners are completely oblivious as to what goes on in a restaurant s kitchen They order, eat and pay, with no clue as to where the food has come from Take the AWhen you order a meal in a restaurant, how can you be sure you get what you asked for Isn t that meat a little pale to be beef And what tastes like chicken doesn t mean it s actually chicken The thing is, most diners are completely oblivious as to what goes on in a restaurant s kitchen They order, eat and pay, with no clue as to where the food has come from Take the Alfresco Paradiso in A Little Leg Work When this renowned Italian restaurant turns to a new food source, with surprising and sickening results, it means a plate of meatballs will never be the same again And while no one knows what the Alfresco s chefs are up to, the public loves it and gobbles it up A local detective and weekend gourmet chef tries to find out just what it is that makes the meatballs so good, while his brother in law, a journalist, smells a page one story Meanwhile, the Alfresco owner becomes a celebrity and all those involved in the restaurant start rolling in the cash, including a butcher, an adventurer and a morgue manager They all get to tell their own story and have their say because the book is told from numerous points of view Royce Leville s debut novel pushes the boundaries of taste and the limits of traditional narrative style Replete with footnotes, multiple narrators, gristly scenes and thousands of satisfied eaters, A Little Leg Work will disgust, intrigue, amuse and offend, and leave you salivating for A Little Leg Work won the fiction category and finished runner up in the grand prize at the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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    1. I won this book in a giveaway. I am so glad that I did. Anyone interested in stories with an interesting premise and good character development will enjoy this book. This book was not what I had expected. I went into thinking it was going to be more of a book that was trying to go for shock value and focus in on stomach turning disgusting details, which I do enjoy in my fiction. However, for me this book was far more about family dynamics and human behavior than it was about cannibalism. The in [...]

    2. As is very often always the case, I received this book free in exchange for a review. Despite the kindness of receiving a free book I'm absolutely candid about the book because I want everyone to know what they're getting as much as I hope to when I'm shopping.The plot summary on this one is delicious! Essentially it's a Sweeney Todd or Delicatessen but in the modern day. What do you do when a big restaurant critic has come for a meal and you're out of meat? Well you improvise of course!To the p [...]

    3. To me the first twenty pages or so of this book were boring. However as I dug further and further into this book I found myself intensely involved with the characters. I even found some real hatred towards a character I won't name but he is hypocritical hippy. I was actually surprised by the ending of this novel too, because its the first thing you'd expect to happen but you shrug it of thinking no one would seriously do that, well let me just say I'm glad they did that.The story is centered aro [...]

    4. 3.5, but I rounded up, for reasons I'll explain later.I received this from a giveaway, and it came in awesome wrapping paper. Thank you so much for this :) However, this has not influenced my review of the novel. Also I'm very glad I won because I do not know if I would have picked up this book had I not.This book has a pretty crazy premise, it revolves around a restaurant that runs out of beef one night, and decides to substitute it with human meat, specifically from a dead mans leg. Needless [...]

    5. I received this book as a Member Giveaway from LibraryThing. It came in the mail right after Christmas and it was wrapped in Christmas paper, which was a simple and kind gesture that made my day. Since I am not opposed to cannibalism, I found this book to be more humorous than horrifying (as others might cringe). I may have even gotten a little hungry here and there if I actually liked meatballs. ;)But really, the book was written in a very unique and creative manner. Royce Leville had everyone' [...]

    6. Received as a giveaway. I struggled at first with the authors voice. (1) After acquiring a taste for his writing style I zoomed through this book. Dark and humorous, although not the most original plot, I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on. An enjoyable read. (1) Too many footnotes.

    7. I won a print copy of A Little Leg Work by Royce Leville in a Giveaway.I have to first give credit to author Royce Leville for having the ability to take a topic (cannibalism) that most people (myself included) find abhorrent and turning it into a humorous story. A Little Leg Work is a very funny story. Although there is no indication noted in the book, it is pretty clear to me that Royce Leville is British. We find many words with the British spelling, but then again, the publisher is identifi [...]

    8. I got this book from Giveaway in return for my honest review. So here it goesBoy oh boy, well this book is um.different. A good different though just not what I expected. The witty and humorous tone really worked for me although the premise is disturbing. I really loved the character development on this one and how the author showed each character's depth. Surprisingly, this book talks about more than just cannibalism. The book delves into family feuds, greed, and jealousy which will get you qu [...]

    9. I received a free copy of this book from GoodReads.I enjoyed reading this book. Leville starts out slow, laying the groundwork for how the members of the extended family that run the restaurant interact with one another. There's a lot of dynamics here and Leville delves into family history and psychology to explain their relationships. And then the proverbial shit hits the fan and the book shifts into high gear. It's quite a ride. I wasn't enthusiastic about the ending but there certainly was a [...]

    10. The concept was good and in most parts I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. It did start off slowly but it is worth continuing. Also it did take a few chapters to get used to how the story is described through various characters. The constant footnotes were distracting and although some were very humourous, I gave up reading them fairly quickly - they broke up the story too much. My only other comment is why the policemen never contacted Environmental Health!?! A much e [...]

    11. I received a signed copy of this book through Giveaways - thank you very much - but this has not influenced my review. What a feast of a book! Start with some slapstick. Add in a bit of yuck, lashings of puns and a host of funny characters. Serve with spaghetti. Personally, I found it as funny as peoples' outrage over the horsemeat scandal. After all, meat is meat.*A very, very funny story.* I'm so glad I don't eat meat.

    12. Delightfully deceptive. I enjoyed this book very much - it is clever, funny, and full of surprises. I love how each character tells their own story and as it all comes together you could know how they came to this place of creating a nightmare they could not escape. This is one time I am so glad that I did not read ahead. The ending was dynamite. A good read.

    13. Though this was not my kind of story, the writing held my interest. If you're looking for a more unusual type of mystery, this is it.

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