The Abomination by Jonathan Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've seen a few reviewers compare this one to both Dan Brown (for the Catholic conspiracy elements) and Stieg Larsson (for the European crime drama, although it's Southern European here as opposed to Scandinavian Noir.) I'd also like to throw in some comparisons to James Rollins (tough female carabinieri in the lead role) and Preston and Child (for sheer food porn. Seriously, Mr. Holt really loves going into detail when describing exotic Venetian dishes - spaghetti ai ricci di mare, anyone?)
I was just a tad bit disappointed that there wasn't as much done with Carnivia as I expected, nor did the book dabble as much in the supernatural side of the Gothic as I was hoping it would, for whatever reason. Bloody and gory and murderous and warlike it may have been, but it still felt more grounded than I thought it would. Not that that's a bad thing, of course.
Well, there's always Books 2 and 3.
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