Monday, January 28, 2013

The William S Club - Riley Banks, Author


Australian Meat Pies
(A Banks Special)
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of oil
2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 kilogram minced beef
4 tablespoons plain flour
4 teaspoons mustard (dry or jarred is fine)
½ cup of ketchup or tomato sauce
2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce (optional)
4 cups beef stock
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
8 sheets ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
8 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
egg yolk, lightly beaten
Makes 16 individual pies or 4 family pies.
Preheat overn to moderately hot. Heat oil in a pan and cook onion and garlic over medium heat until cooked through.  Add minced beef to pan and cook through until browned. Add flour, mustard, ketchup, herbs and worcestershire. Cook for 1 minute.  Add stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until the mixture has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.
Cut the shortcrust pastry to fit the base and sides of your tin. You can use pie tins, muffin ties or other tins here. Individual pies are best but you can use this recipe to make a family size pie. Divide the cooled meat mixture between the pastry shells. Brush the edges with beaten egg yolk. Cut tops for the pie from the puff pastry using a slightly smaller bowl or plate than you did for the bottoms. Place over the top, press edges to seal and trim away excess pastry. Brush top of pastry with egg yolk. Using a sharp knife, make two small slits in top of each pie.
Place in over and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
Serve pies hot with ketchup or tomato sauce. Can also be served with mashed potatoes or fries.
 
The William S Club - Review by Martha A Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
 
Damon’s grandfather pulled a heavy brass key from around his neck. For as long as he could remember that key had hung there, a visual reminder of a lifetime of secrets. ‘I want to know the moment she boards the plane,’ his grandfather said. Damon nodded. Not like he had any other choice. Fresh rain pelted the double glazed windows as the key clinked in the lock, echoing across the Spartan dining room. The house had become more mausoleum than home. Behind the wooden door lay a metal door; the kind used by bank vaults. It protected a flight of stairs that led to the basement. Not that Damon Harvey had ever been down there. The basement was forbidden to all but The William S Club. As a child, Damon spent hours pondering what lay behind that door. Now he didn’t care. Let them have their secrets. As long as they left him alone.

 
What began as a derogative term to explain the tight, inner circle of firstborn Harvey men became a badge of honor worn by each consecutive William Sydney Harvey including Damon’s older brother, BJ – Bill Junior – older by a whole minute and a half. But The William S Club were not without their secrets, the biggest one hidden in the basement. Only one brave man had discovered that secret; Paul Baker, a former employee of Harvey Enterprises. And Paul paid the ultimate price for his discovery – he lost his wife, his daughter and his freedom, spending twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now out of prison, Paul is determined to find his daughter, Victoria, and prove his innocence. But finding Victoria will be harder than he thinks. She changed her name and fled Australia the first chance she got, distancing herself from her father’s criminal past and her mother’s apparent suicide. Paul has no idea his daughter is being used as bait to draw him out or that Victoria, or Charlotte Burke as she is now known, is a guest on the Harvey’s wine and dine press trip. There is only one way Paul can save his daughter’s life – retrieve the documents his wife hid. But first, he must find them.

 
When I agreed to read The William S Club I didn’t realize that one of its tags was erotic, which isn’t my cup of tea and since I don’t read other reviews nor comments before reading a book I’ve found myself reading something that just doesn’t fit my suspenseful mind. Well, The William S Club is a book that can claim the tag of erotic but I have to say from the very beginning the suspense grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I was so hooked that I decided I could live through the erotica which actually came a little later in the book. I found myself reading every page in the hope of finding out just what the Harvey men were hiding. What was so precious that they not only killed outsiders for but family members too. It took me to within the last few pages to find my answer and I was completely surprised. I had ventured many guesses but none were correct. Their secret was something so different that I would have never been able to come up with it on my own. This is a true suspense novel with some erotic sex along the way.

 

 

 
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