Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle

Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle

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by J.A. Lang
     
 

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BOOK #1 IN SERIES

"They say one should never trust a thin chef. By this measure, Chef Maurice was very trustworthy indeed."

Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings

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BOOK #1 IN SERIES

"They say one should never trust a thin chef. By this measure, Chef Maurice was very trustworthy indeed."

Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings galore . . .

It's autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion. Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery-he's missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village.

Soon, Chef Maurice is up to his nose in some seriously rotten business-complete with threatening notes, a pignapping, and an extremely well-catered stake-out.

Can he solve Ollie's murder before his home-made investigation brings the killer out for second helpings?

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ISBN-13:
9781910679029
Publisher:
Purple Panda Press
Publication date:
04/07/2015
Series:
Chef Maurice Mysteries , #1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the sense of humor in this book. I couldn't help but hear David Suchet's voice speaking the Chef's lines in his Hercule Poirot accent as I read this. No difficult ouzzle to solve, just a fun time following the characters through the story. Will read more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shades of Christie with lots of whimsy and excellent writing barrel you along to a satisfying fairly quick but not rushed surprise conclusion. What a treat!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
It’s been some time since I’ve read a book quite like CHEF MAURICE AND A SPOT OF TRUFFLE. This book doesn’t fall in step with today’s cozy mysteries. It’s more in line with traditional British mysteries which makes since because author J. A. Lang is British and she captures the genre perfectly.  This mystery was so intriguing and had an original concept.  It was an enjoyable read that flew by too fast. Ms. Lang has a very fluid writing style that drew me in and made me want to keep reading.  Chef Maurice, owner and head chef of Le Cochon Rouge, is quite a character. Think Hercule Poirot, Columbo, and a robust French chef all rolled into one. There were many times his scenes had me laughing out loud. I can imagine knowing someone like him would be both fascinating, frustrating, and exhausting, but you would still have the utmost respect in him.   The end of the book, the reveal, brought images of scenes from an Agatha Christie novel. The setting, delivery, and accusation were all done with the same Christie flare.  I enjoyed CHEF MAURICE AND A SPOT OF TRUFFLE immensely and look forward to more adventures with Chef Maurice. 
csnyder83 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle through a giveaway.This book basically has everything that I'd want out of a cozy. It's a nice, light, fun read with characters that really jump off the page and come to life and it wasn't hard at all for me to imagine myself inside the book right along with them. It's written in UK English, so there are a few phrases that some US people may not recognize. However, I personally enjoyed that about it and I found it pretty easy to figure out what the word or saying meant, even if I had never heard it before. Chef Maurice is a highly enjoyable character. He's basically always doing something to get himself into trouble and that's how he ends up in the middle of the murder investigation. His friend Arthur often gets dragged along for the ride and tries to keep him out of trouble, but doesn't always succeed. Some of their adventures are quite humorous and I found myself literally laughing out loud in certain parts. Patrick and PC Lucy are also great characters with very clearly defined personalities. This book was not horribly long, but the author did an amazing job of thorough plot, character, and scenery development without having a lot of "fluff" or having to take up 400 pages, which is impressive. Another thing that I was surprised and delighted by was the fact that I truly had no idea who the murderer was until it was announced in the book. I read almost exclusively murder mysteries and a lot of the time I am able to guess whodunnit at least a bit before the characters in the book figure it out, but in this case I was truly stumped! One last thing I found highly enjoyable was the fact that certain sections of the book are actually told from Hamilton's (a pig) point of view, which made me smile and is rarely seen in books. The cover art is really cute too.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle by J.A. Lang is a humorous British cozy mystery. It is the first full length book in the series. There is a cute short story titled Chef Maurice and the Rather Fishy Tale that introduces you to the characters and setting. Chef Maurice Manchot is the owner of Le Cochon Rouge restaurant and is obsessed with food. Arthur Wordington-Smythe, food critic for local paper and Chef Maurice’s good friend. Chef Maurice has not received his mushroom delivery and finds out that Ollie is missing. Ollie Meadows is a wild herb and mushroom forager. Chef Maurice tries to liberate his mushrooms from Ollie’s house (at night) and is attacked. Someone was already inside Ollie’s house. Arthur and Chef Maurice look around and find a bag of beautiful Alba white truffles. These truffles, though, are locally sourced and not from Italy. They are worth a fortune. This sets the duo off to find the truffle patch and Ollie. Chef Maurice first goes looking for a truffle dog at the local shelter. He ends up with a cute micro pig named Hamilton. When they take Hamilton out to look for truffles, Hamilton finds the body of Ollie Meadows in a gully. Ollie was up to something and food eating duo do not think it was just truffles. Chef Maurice and Arthur armed with food and alcohol set out to find Ollie’s killer. At the same time there is romance in the air. PC Lucy Gavistone is the local constabulary. She is investigating the murder of Ollie Meadows while trying to keep the locals from contaminating the crime scenes and taking off with evidence. Patrick, Chef Maurice’s sous chef is interested in Lucy and asks her out on a date. Lucy agrees to a date but suggests that she cook (the panicked). The evening does not end well for Lucy, but provides a vital clue into how Ollie was making his money. I give Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle 4 out of 5 stars. It is a humorous story with a little romance and a mystery that is very easy to solve. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute mystery. Seemed a little slow at the beginning but it was worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story. Characters have great personalities and foibles. Lots of humor. I love the pig, Hamilton, and Chef Maurice.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story with entertaining characters and a little mystery. It certainly is not a sit on the edge of your seat mystery, but it is an enjoyable break from the heavier stuff that's out there..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story with entertaining characters and a little mystery. It is not an intense thriller by any means but certainly enjoyable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Loved the main character and will be reading more by this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this and love Hamilton as well as Maurice. Will certainly look for more adventures and hope the entire cast is back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a clever, British cozy with interesting characters and a bit of humor. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a fun book to read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy mystery with evolved characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written cozy mystery
Angelofbooks More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy for an honest review. I loved the antics of all the characters in this book! Hamilton has stolen my heart as well as Chef Maurice. Did not see that Duo happening. This is one mystery that kept me guessing all the way to the end. I am eager to pick up more of this series. Must say you can not go wrong with the adorable pig on the cover either.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Chef Maurice maybe a chef extraordinaire, but he has other talents. He has a nose for murder. When he finds himself with a mushroom shortage, he goes to talk with his supplier. The man is missing. Where is he? Why does he have extremely valuable truffles in his house? Determined to find Ollie and learn his secrets, the chef and his cohort, Arthur Wordington-Smythe, use their skills to get answers. Their investigation makes for an enjoyable and humorous adventure. I loved the quirky and interesting characters that inhabited this small English village. PC Lucy Gavistone has her hands full. I loved the setting for this cozy mystery as well as the droll, humorous dialogue. J.A. Lang made me smile. This story is well plotted and has plenty of suspects. She kept me guessing until the very end. I love the touch of romance between Lucy and Patrick, the sous-chef. And of course, I loved the truffle pig, Hamilton. I'm looking forward to Chef Maurice's next adventure. J.A. Lang has the perfect light touch that I enjoy in a cozy mystery.