Series: Sin du Jour #1
Author: Matt Wallace
Publication Date: October 20th 2015
Genres: cooking, humour, magic, paranormal, supernatural, urban fantasy
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In New York, eating out can be hell.
Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?
Welcome to Sin du Jour - where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.
Envy of Angels was a sort-of spur-of-the-moment pick for me. I saw it one of the many book blogs I peruse and a friend lent me their copy. If you are a fan of Chuck Wendig (as I am) the Sin du Jour should be right up your alley.
A madcap adventure is one way to describe Matt Wallace’s Envy of Angels. Very funny, questions every thing, pokes holes right through things. Darren and Lena are two out-of-work cooks who receive a call from a prominent chef who they thought had died to pinch-hit on an upcoming job. Needing the rent money they accept without asking too many questions.
Sin du Jour, the catering company that Darren and Lena have just become temporary chefs for, deals with a special clientele. Specifically, demons, goblins, and anybody else that a super-secret government department decide require feeding. This means that whilst there are some perfectly safe to eat items on the menu, there are also some things that you just shouldn’t put anywhere near your body (unless you are Moon, who seems to be the definition of iron guts.)
Envy of Angels actually requires the sacrifice of something that even the battle-hardened chefs of Sin du Jour wavering. I won’t spoil it for you but ultimately the team decide upon deception rather than sacrifice, even if it means they all might die. This mercy is repaid in a later book.
There are plenty of hijinks, demon tantrums, zombie-contractors, and other supernatural weirdness to satisfy most urban fantasy lovers. The adventures of the team who go and ‘collect’ ingredients are just as interesting as the goings on at Sin du Jour itself.
Overall Envy of Angels is a quick, quirky urban fantasy, perfect for those who like quirky characters and plenty of supernatural hijinks.