Crime Fraiche (Capucine Culinary Series #2)

Crime Fraiche (Capucine Culinary Series #2)

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by Alexander Campion
     
 

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Très chic Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier sets off on a hunting holiday that proves deadly for more than just the pheasants. . .

Before Capucine and her husband, distinguished food critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a fatal hunting accident has upset their idyllic destination. What's meant to be a… See more details below

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Très chic Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier sets off on a hunting holiday that proves deadly for more than just the pheasants. . .

Before Capucine and her husband, distinguished food critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a fatal hunting accident has upset their idyllic destination. What's meant to be a peaceful bon voyage to the countryside--rustic picnics, dinners en plein air, and of course, a sip or two of Calvados--quickly sours as more "accidents" befall the guests. But the local gendarmerie lack the investigative finesse to draw any conclusions, let alone suspects, forcing Capucine to puzzle out the crimes herself. And when the bodies lead to a celebrated cattle ranch, the stakes rise beyond small-town grudges to the struggle surrounding France's most beloved gastronomic traditions.

"[A] countryside romp." --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Alexander Campion's Crime Fraiche and The Grave Gourmet

"This new series offers a uniquely blended mix of ‘hooks' that will appeal to a wide variety of mystery lovers." --Booklist

"A feast of crime with a soupçon of gourmet delight." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Crime Fraiche

"Full of amusing characters. . . Readers will want a second helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet

"An astonishing debut that raises the bar on today's detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Campion's picturesque sequel to The Grave Gourmet (2010) takes Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier, of Paris's judicial police, and her food critic husband, Alexandre de Huguelet, to Normandy, where her aristocratic uncle, Aymerie, asks Capucine to look into two fatal shooting "accidents" that occurred during hunting season. Facing resentment from the inept local police, elderly neighbors disconcerted by her job, as well as city superiors concerned with political issues, Capucine discovers that the two victims are connected to the cattle ranch of her uncle's friend, Loïc Vienneau, and thus all may not be well with Vienneau's highly celebrated beef operation. Placing an officer undercover at the ranch puts both detective and commissaire at risk. The lack of a suitable array of suspects, a distracting subplot with a thief who preys on vulnerable people in the arts that fails to connect with the main narrative, and less than perfect justice may disconcert traditional mystery fans. (July)
Kirkus Reviews

Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier (The Grave Gourmet, 2010) divides her time between her Twentieth-Arrondissement district and her ancestral country home.

Being a countess is no job for a Paris police commissioner. Just when a waiflike con artist dubbed "La Belle auMarchais" by an increasingly critical press swipes increasingly valuable objets-d'art from the softhearted intellectuals who offer her shelter, Oncle Aymerie summons his wayward royal niece to a gathering at the family chateau at Maulévrier. After all, there are pheasants to be shot, Calvados to be drunk and waggish advances from her Cousin Jacques to fend off. So she piles her reluctant husband Alexandre into her police-issue Clio and off they head for the countryside. Food critic Alexandre is a miserable shot, although not so miserable as poor Philippe Gerlier, who died the week before of an errant shot to the chest. Such accidents are common in the country, Capitaine Dallemagne of the local gendarmerie assures her, but Capucine is skeptical. She sends one of her brigadiers, North African-born Momo Benarouche, undercover to the Elevage Vienneau, the cattle farm where Gerlier worked. Meanwhile, her other brigadiers, Isabelle Lemercier and David Martineau, huntLa Belle.(Avoiding obvious strategies, like seeing where the stolen rarities might be fenced, they spend most of their time interviewing victims.)As Alexandre's appetite for wild mushrooms and game birds blossoms, more corpses litter the bucolic landscape, and Capucine despairs of ever solving any case, urban or rural.

Arch dialogue and lax detection make Campion's second just a routine countryside romp.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758279835
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Series:
Capucine Culinary Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
316,593
File size:
1 MB

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