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The Gourmet Girl returns to solve the murder of one bad egg.

Chloe Carter has a lot on her plate-exams for grad school are coming up, and her chef boyfriend needs her support as his fledgling trendy restaurant comes into its own. The staff of Simmer gets along like petits pois in a pod, everyone pulling pranks on one another now and then. Everyone, that is, except for Leandra, a waitress who treats the busboys like chopped liver-and can never take a joke. One morning, Leandra's ...

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Overview

The Gourmet Girl returns to solve the murder of one bad egg.

Chloe Carter has a lot on her plate-exams for grad school are coming up, and her chef boyfriend needs her support as his fledgling trendy restaurant comes into its own. The staff of Simmer gets along like petits pois in a pod, everyone pulling pranks on one another now and then. Everyone, that is, except for Leandra, a waitress who treats the busboys like chopped liver-and can never take a joke. One morning, Leandra's dead body is found in a fish truck. So people start to wonder: was this just a prank gone awry? Or did somebody actually want her to sleep with the fishes?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425226636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Series: Gourmet Girl Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Conant-Park graduated from Macalester College and has a master of Social Work degree from Boston College. Susan Conant, the author of the Cat Lover's mysteries and the Dog Lover's mysteries, is a six-time winner of the Dog Writer's Association of America's Maxwell Award.
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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    I LOVE IT!!!!

    This book is amazing!! The entire series is great, i can't wait for Cook The Books to come out next month!! I have recommended this series to so many people!!

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Turn Up the Heat is on FIRE!!!

    Turn Up the Heat is the 3rd adventure in the savory Gourmet Girl culinary mystery series by noted mother-daughter scribes, Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant.


    Turn Up the Heat shines a light on the restaurant industry & what goes on behind the scenes in our neighborhood kitchens by showcasing the lush, elegant, Simmer.


    Jessica & Susan do a steller job sketching restaurant life & this is the best installment yet.

    Turn Up the Heat is on fire w/ juicy tidbits on what makes or breaks a restaurant. Yummy goodness.


    The whimsical cast enriches the series & are in no way padding for Chloe.


    Appaulse to the talented duo for illustrating just how essential the characters are to making the Gourmet Girl series meld.

    Chloe is an engaging, fiery, irresistible & fun character. She is definitely one of my favorites.


    Now as much as I adore Chloe, I also love reading about the other quirky players.


    Adrianna is a sheer delight. I'd love to spend the day just hanging out w/ her. I love the warm bond Chloe & Adrianna share ~ Lucy & Ethel comes to mind, as does Grace & Karen. I look forward to an even bigger role as the series progresses because she is just too much fun.


    Owen. Owen. Yes, he is definitely one capricious spirit. I must say, he keeps me on my toes.


    Psst! Love the name "Daily Catch", guys.


    I enjoy the vibrant atmosphere the Gourmet Girl series has going on. I always feel like I'm on vacation visiting friends in trendy Beantown.


    Turn Up the Heat is expertly plotted & brimming w/ red herrings. Love it! I just love a good 'ole fashioned whodunit where everyone is a suspect & you haven't got a clue. Kudos, ladies for this absorbing tale.


    Turn Up the Heat is wickedly ambrosial, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Food and Murder

    Chloe Carter is studying for grad school finals in pursuit of her Masters degree in Social Work, and her boyfriend, Josh, is the executive chef at Simmer and working long days helping to make a go of the new restaurant.

    One morning she gives Owen a ride to the restaurant to pick up his truck. They go inside to visit Josh. Chloe makes the startling discovery of Leandra, a waitress at Simmer, dead in the refrigeration of Owen's fish truck. It is discovered she was strangled by the strings of a Simmer apron. Owen is engaged to Adrianna, Chloe's pregnant best friend. She knows there is no way Owen killed her, but the police think differently, especially as they find he has lied about finances, his job, and his whereabouts. As Chloe also discovers these facts, she begins to question her loyalty to Owen. And is very concerned about Adrianna if she finds out.

    Chloe interviews everyone at the restaurant and can't believe any of them are a killer. But as she gets closer to the truth, she puts herself in mortal danger. Can help find her in time?

    I love this series. Chloe is such a fun character. I like the restaurant setting and feel I get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of restaurant life. Josh is great. Knowing the author's husband is a chef, I really feel she has an insider's knowledge of life as a chef. She has done a great job of letting those of us who never get into those kitchens find out what really goes on back there, within reason.

    Adrianna and Owen are great supporting characters in this series. I feel I get to know them a little better with each succeeding book. I love the Boston setting as well.

    As always, the plot was well constructed and I was unsure until the end who the real killer was. I highly recommend this book and series.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Chloe still barely sees her boyfriend, Josh, whose job as a chef keeps him extremely busy. Sometimes the only way to see him is to eat at his restaurant, Simmer. <BR/><BR/>After eating dinner there one night with a group of friends, Owen's forced to leave his ride parked in the alley behind the restaurant. The next morning, Chloe and Owen return to fetch his truck, but, much to their dismay, they discover the body of their waitress, Leandra, in the back - murdered. <BR/><BR/>Despite the fact that Chloe's in the middle of exams and Owen's girlfriend is pregnant, Chloe can't help but attempt to solve the murder herself. Can she juggle everything in her life, or will something blow up in her face? <BR/><BR/>This mother-daughter author team serves up another tasty tale in their third GOURMET GIRL mystery!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific whodunit repast.

    Chloe Carter is preparing for her grad school exams and writing papers for her classes as she pursues a Masters degree in Social Work. She chose this subject in order to earn her inheritance from her late uncle who added caveats to his will. Chloe believes to her shock that she will be a good social worker because she likes helping people. She only wishes that her boyfriend Josh, the executive chef at his Bostonian restaurant Simmer was not working 12-14 hour shifts as she would like to spend more time with him.------------ One day Chloe visits Josh at Simmers only to find the corpse of waitress Leandra in the back of Owen¿s fish truck. Apparently she was strangled by the strings of her apron. Owen is engaged to Chloe¿s pregnant best friend Adrianna she also knows him well enough to believe he is not a killer. However, the police label Owen as a person of interest because he lied about his accounts, the restaurants where he had them, and that he bought the camping truck when he told everyone it belonged to the company. Chloe theorizes who the killer is and almost becomes the next person on ice.--------------- This is an excellent creative mystery due in part to the eccentric support cast that enhances the story line with an insider¿s look at the kitchen of an upscale restaurant. The protagonist is a bright energetic person who treats her lover the way she wants him to treat her. Josh shows his feelings to Chloe every chance he gets, which endears him to the audience. At times poignant, while at other times humorous, TURN UP THE HEAT is a terrific whodunit repast.------- Harriet Klausner

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