‘I don’t see nothing wrong with a little Dry and Grind…’

What was the book choice?

The Dry, Jane Harper

Genre?

Murder Mystery

Brief synopsis?

This debut book by Jane Harper is the ‘The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2017’ winner and has won many awards since. Personally, I am not a fan of the genre, or rather avoid a more gritty/ dark narrative. However, I was so glad this was chosen. Initially, I was a bit apprehensive (as were others) as the opening was a bit ‘dry’, the setting for example was in the Australian out back had little relatability for 6 city dwellers. But was in fact the perfect desolate, and eerie, back drop for the protagonist Falk’s investigation into the brutal murder of the Hadlers.

As you get about a third of the way through, you are hooked and is most certainly a page-turner. (With one of us, who shall remain nameless, reading the majority the day before brunch.)

The book is a classic ‘who dunnit’, with an unexpected end. (Though some more familiar with the genre, may disagree).

What was the general feeling about the book?

Everyone enjoyed it, with most surprised they did. Many have since recommended to friends and family members.

Star rating? (Out of 5, 5 being outstanding)

3.5/5

Recommended?

Yes, for fans of the genre, and for those that aren’t fans as it might make you turn!

Where did you brunch?

How much was it? Worth the money?

Mains : £9-£12.50

Bottomless prosecco: £13 (a bargain)

Food quality? Food variety?

Everyone enjoyed their food, most went for the burger, with skin on fries, and there were no complaints.

I went for the veggie breakfast which was good. But, would have liked a veggie sausage or two perhaps.

Prosecco pouring service?

Was very busy, and at first we had to wait a while for the pouring to actually start. Similarly, our glasses were empty a few times, but staff were attentive when we asked and when people started filtering out we were never left empty. The staff were even fabulous enough to give us a few refills after our 90 minutes were done (which will always get a thumbs up from me).

Atmosphere?

Was fairly loud, but a brunch atmosphere with energy. Mostly female groups. Wouldn’t take my mother, but would definitely go again with friends with the same brunch principles.

Highlight:

French speaking and listening tape playing in the bathroom.

Coming up:

Book: Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

Brunch location: TBC