The Gourmet Detective doesn't carry a gun and he doesn't have a license to prowl -- his specialty is piercing together ancient recipes adn trackign down obscure ingredients to make his clients' sauces sing. But when Scotland Yard volunteers him for a case of murder most foul, how can he say no? After all, he ws at the scene of the gourmet London luncheon of foodie experts, the exclusive Circle of Caareme, andhe saw Ivor Jenkinson fall to the floor -- dead of food poisoning.
Although Ivor, an investigative TV journalist was loathed as thoroughly as hot dogs in a four-star restaurant, the question of who killed him remains a mystery. As the Gourmet Detective turns up the heat to smoke out a killer, what he discovers are rivalries on the rocks, kitchen cabinet sabotage,a dn a perfectly dish policewoman with very good taste. Until a clever killer puts a second mistake on the menu.
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Very interesting. Great mystery.
A different kind of cozy mystery for sure. This first in the series of the Gourmet Detective finds this unnamed chef, turned food detective, who's goal is to find sources for difficult food ingredients and to determine recipes from various gourmet restaurants. When one of the privileged few attending the infamous Circle of Careme dinner dies twice, our detective goes on the hunt for the killer and the poison that can cause this strange manner of death. This book almost seems like a spoof on "foodies" and fictional detectives. Many exquisite and different meals are described throughout the book. And most every detective that I've ever read about or seen on TV prior to the publication of this book, is referred to by the Gourmet Detective. Rivalry between chefs, food writers, and TV cooking personalities is portrayed throughout the book. The mystery almost seems to be the venue for these "foodie" things rather than being the main point of the book. I actually enjoyed most of the food descriptions, detective references and the mystery, but the story might have been more interesting if the mystery had been a bit more focused. I listened to this on Audible and believe that the somewhat stuffy, condescending tone of the reader, actually made the book much more enjoyable. I would give another book in this series a try, but definitely only with Audible.