The Orange Outlaw (A to Z Mysteries Series #15)

The Orange Outlaw (A to Z Mysteries Series #15)

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by Ron Roy

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Cooking up Trouble

By Joanne Pence

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Joanne Pence
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0061082007


Cooking up Trouble

By Joanne Pence

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Joanne Pence
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0061082007

Chapter One

"I wouldn't feed this swill to my cat!" Martin Bayman announced.

Angelina Amalfi watched the older, gray-haired man stand, throw his napkin on his plate, and storm from Hill Haven Inn's dining room.

The lentil-soybean cutlets were not a hit.

Angie had to agree with Bayman. The cats she knew would have tried to bury them.

"Some people are so insecure, they have to make a big deal out of everything." Disgust dripped from Finley Tay's voice. Tay was the owner of the inn and would be its head cook when it opened to the public in another three weeks. In his midforties, he was a gaunt man with thinning brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, a long, angular face, small eyes, and sharp, jutting cheekbones. He was also Angie s new boss. "Eat up, Miss Ainaffi," he commanded cheerfully.

"Oh, I will." She cut a bite-size piece from one of the patties. "This is so interesting. I've never heard of making cutlets with beans. I mean, they're usually made out of meat."

Finley Tay's fork froze in midair. The four-letter word she'd just uttered brought a look of shock to his face and a gasp to his lips.

"Delicious," Angie lied, stuffing the forkful of cutlet into her mouth. It was better than the foot she currently had in it.

Maybe her new jobwasn't going to be such a piece of cake after all. From the time she first spoke to Finley Tay over the telephone, she should have known the job he described was too good to be true.

He had told her he was opening an inn in an elegant Victorian mansion built in the 1870s by a man who'd amassed a fortune in the goldfields. It stood atop the windswept cliffs of a secluded promontory overlooking the rugged northern California coastline. Everything in it would be of the finest quality. To go with this setting, he was looking for a student of fine foods to assist him in developing a series of menus for gourmet dining.

Angie wanted this job. The setting had decided her, as visions leapfrogged from Manderley to Wuthering Heights. She could easily imagine herself in such a place, even if Finley Tay, charming though he was on the phone, was unlikely to be a Max de Winter or a Heathcliff.

The only minor proviso, Finley said, was that the food must be vegetarian.

This gave her pause. But only for a moment. She was a student of cordon bleu cooking, so how much of a problem could a vegetarian menu be? Nothing a spicy imagination couldn't solve.

"Your job offer sounds like a wonderful opportunity," Angie had replied. A wonderful opportunity to add to a résumé sorely in need of a current entry. She was out of work. Again.

There was a second even more minor proviso, Finley added. Rather than a salary, she must be willing to receive room and board at the inn for a week, since he was strapped by opening-day expenses. She asked for room and board for two.

He agreed so readily, she was almost sorry she hadn't asked for more. He sounded ecstatic to have her, as if her cooking skills were the answer to his most heartfelt dreams.

Gleefully, she took the job.

After two weeks of reading every book about vegetarian cooking she could get her hands on, and talking to every chef she knew who had ever worked in a vegetarian restaurant, she had arrived at the small, windswept airport near the town of Hayesville.

As she stood off to the side of the runway, her bags at her feet where the copilot left them, she saw a man awkwardly heading her way. Long, skinny legs stepped over rain puddles, and pointy elbows flapped, giving him the appearance of an overgrown flamingo.

"Hello, Mr. Tay," she said, holding out her hand. "I'm Angelina Amalfi."

"Right, right." Without shaking her hand, he scooped up all three of her bags. "Got to hurry, Miss Amalfi. Storm's coming."

She had to run to keep up with him. "Is the inn far?"

He stopped in front of a battered \TW van that sported gingham curtains, a crumbling GET OUT OF VIETNAM bumper sticker, and a faded peace symbol. "Hop right in."

She stared at the vehicle, a definite relic of the sixties. 'They just don't make vans like they used to," she said.

Finley ignored her comment as he tossed the bags behind the front seats, climbed in, and then faced her for the first time. "I should explain to you, Miss Amalfi, that I create the perfect balance of foods at each meal."

"That's important." She smoothed the front-seat upholstery over a bare spring, then got in beside him. "I always try to do the same thing. To begin each dinner with a small but elegantly arranged appetizer as the first course, let's say warm boiwhées or cold arnuse-gueule -- "

"Food needs to be soft, easy to digest, and yet centered in simplicity, without nonessentials." He scarcely waited until she was settled before he tore out of the parking area. The van rocked precariously at each turn.

"Pardon me?" She must not have heard right over the roar of the engine.

"What we eat," Finley said, "must not impede our spiritual journey. It must not arouse the baser passions that deny us enlightenment."

Baser passions? Enlightenment? She forced her mouth to remain shut. Being slack-jawed made one look so foolish. She searched for something to say. "Enlightenment is important when eating," she murmured. "I hate heavy meals myself. As I was saying to my good friend, Chef Raymond DuTuoille of Greengrocera -- a true master of vegetarian cooking, as I'm sure you know --

"No. I pay no attention to those who choose to make names for themselves in this world."

She retreated into silence, trying to remember the alleged pluses of this new job. Finley Tay did not appear to be one of them.


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Editorial Reviews

A missing school skeleton isn't far away when the kids at Green Lawn Elementary are on the case! After "Mr. Bones" goes missing, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose set out to find out who could have taken him. With a little detective footwork and some cooperation from the school's teachers, the three soon uncover the hidden skeleton -- and the mystery thief's hilarious motive. Another fun-loving and unpredictable entry in Ron Roy's A to Z Mysteries series -- no bones about it.

Product Details

Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
A to Z Mysteries Series, #15
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

RON ROY has been writing books for children since 1974. He is the author of dozens of books, including the popular A to Z Mysteries®, Calendar Mysteries, and Capital Mysteries. When not working on a new book, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books.
STEPHEN GILPIN is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including the popular and very funny Pirate Mom. He brings his fresh, kid-friendly style to all the covers of the A to Z Mysteries® series.

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Orange Outlaw (A to Z Mysteries Series #15) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this ws a amazing book. In it dink vists his uncle who is keeping a vauble painting for a frriend. When they go to the street fair the painting is gone and all thats left is orange peels. Can they silve thhe mystery of the orange outlaw?
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It is such a great book
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This was not the best, but better than average. I recommend this book.
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Best book ever,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love A to Z mysteries!!!!!!!!!!!
JR Martinn More than 1 year ago
IT is a great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It mat be a littel young fof me bur it stil has a great plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well,first of all the whole series is kinda lame ( i mean Nancy Drew seemed good compared to this).The ending was rather ,well lets just say unique???(well not even remotely).this is a book for 7yr.olds or older dumb kids who for them this is as good as it gets
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is he orange?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was GREAT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally it's.then end of sample!