Killer Critique

Killer Critique

by Alexander Campion


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Between haute couture and haute cuisine, Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier finds murder to be more than the spécialité du jour. . .

When the senior food critic for Le Figaro is found face-first in a plate of Ravioles d'homard, there seem to be as many suspects as there are restaurants in the City of Light. Yet Capucine feels she'll solve the case quicker than it takes to find a 3-star rating in the Michelin Guide. Un problem, murders of food critics have become an epidemic. And there are just as many suspects, including a sexy starlet, an award-winning novelist, and a smorgasbord of aggravated chefs. While Capucine struggles to zero in on the murderer's tastes, she is confronted with a false dilemma: file and forget the case, leaving restaurant critics across France vulnerable to a killer's episodic cravings, or use her husband, Alexandre, himself a famous food journalist, as irresistible bait.

Praise for Alexander Campion's Capucine Culinary Mysteries

"Will appeal to a diversity of readers. Devotees of G.M. Maillet and Charles Todd will especially enjoy this different and delicious series." --Booklist on Killer Critique

"[A] countryside romp." --Kirkus Reviews on Crime Fraîche

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758268808
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/25/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alexander Campion started out as a true New Yorker, graduating from Columbia and migrating downtown to Wall Street. Early on, someone, a little apologetically, proposed he spend six months maximum in Paris helping out with a new venture his firm had just acquired. He stayed thirty five years, eventually becoming a restaurant critic and progressing inevitably to gastronomic thrillers.

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quilter17 More than 1 year ago
This is a part of the Capucine culinary mystery series. All of the books are delightful, but this one was especially exciting. Since Capucine, a police commissaire, is married to a famous restaurant critic, she is assigned cases involving the restaurant industry. Someone is killing the restaurant critics one by one and they are all friends of her husband. It is a race to find the killer and keep her husband from being one of the victims. As is true in each of the books of this series, we are treated to some extraordinary French cuisine.
bailey9189 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very difficult to read. It does take place in Paris but I really didn't like the use of so many French words thrown around. It wasn't just the random word but partial conversations. I felt the need for a French-English dictionary to understand all that was being said. I read quite a bit and don't mind having to look up a definition once in awhile, but even the use of English words seemed aimed at the author showing off how intelligent he is. Add to this the fact that none of the characters were particularly like able and you just a mess. Capuchine is a detective, heading a department but wears designer clothes and has a model-like figure. We hear lots about her thighs as she wears a very short "frock." Really. This book was like watching a modern detective show on television where all of the female leads are tall, thin, wear spike heels and low-cut blouses. Not at all realistic. I have no identify to read any more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books exercise both the mind and your taste buds
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