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Death al Dente (Gourmet Detective #4)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The Gourmet Detective did not expect his job to be easy. He had been sent by Desmond Lansdown, respected actor and London's premier restaurateur, to find the best chef in Italy. But even the most difficult tasks can be savored when one enjoys his work, and the sleuth happily immerses himself in his duties, sampling the peninsula's finest cuisine with his beautiful and myst ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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Jun 24, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice cozy mystery, easy to read, and focusing on Italian cuisine.
Apr 25, 2017 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, hmm... I've read the whole series now. I'm not going to do individual book reviews, some of them are better than others, but they're all enjoyable, quick reads. Then again, throw gourmet food and wine into anything and I'm likely to add some points to it in my mind. Bizarrely, though, given that I gave all the books three stars, I don't know that I recommend them. Had they been written fifty years ago, I'd give them some more slack, but here are my issues with, well, all of them:

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Jeannine Stewart
First, do not read this book if you are hungry or on Weight Watchers, as I am. I think it took me so long to read because I had to keep putting it down to maintain willpower. The plot evolves around The Gourmet Detective who is hired to go to Italy to find an Italian chef for a London actor and restaurant owner for his new restaurant. I started reading this book because I love to cook and I love mysteries, however, every meal and snack is described in tremendous detail including every wine in th ...more
Feb 11, 2017 Johnice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the TV version much better. at least they have no milking bison stampedes.
Feb 03, 2009 Allan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rogue Reader
Not sure why I enjoy these pedantic cozies by Peter King, but I do. There's always something unusual, and in Death al Dente, the Gourmet Detective is off to Bologna to determine which of three chefs will be most suited to a new London restaurant. Wonderful treatment of regional Italian cuisines and wines, the personalities of chefs and their restaurants and Italian women too.

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Mar 09, 2016 Marcella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gourmet Detective is absolutely one of my favorite mystery series and this particular book certainly did not disappoint. What could be better than reading about delicious Italian dishes while traveling through Bologna, Italy, with the Gourmet Detective on his search for the best Italian chef. The book did present an ending twist on who done it after providing much incriminating evidence that could have convicted many of the characters.
Mary Corso
Jun 23, 2015 Mary Corso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read this one on the plane to Italy ... and then passed it on to everyone I was traveling with. I liked it much better than did my sisters. I have read a few of his books and think this one is my favorite so far.
a "tasty" read, mainly because of the descriptions of Italian meals and wines, while the plot was far-fetched and flimsy to say the least. I read it mainly because I go to Bologna in a couple of weeks. well, an extra star for the food descriptions.
Nov 20, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
So boring, I could not finish.
Chris George
Dec 29, 2013 Chris George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast read. One of 'the Gourmet Detective' series. Set in Bologna, Italy. Any foodie will love this book!
A light, entertaining mystery full of descriptions of Italian dishes and wines - made me think that I would really enjoy a culinary tour of Italy some day!
Fun, light read. It's a "culinary mystery". Do not read while hungry!!!
Jun 19, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the descriptions of the food in Italy and even the wines. Since I will be visiting there this summer, I considered it research for my upcoming trip!
Jun 17, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice romp through Bologna and Italian wines and foods.
Lynn Demsky
Oct 21, 2016 Lynn Demsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ok, but really not that entertaining.
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Peter King (b. 1922) is an English author of mystery fiction, a Cordon Bleu–trained chef, and a retired metallurgist. He has operated a tungsten mine, overseen the establishment of South America’s first steel processing plant, and prospected for minerals around the globe. His work carried him from continent to continent before he finally settled in Florida, where he led the design team for the roc ...more
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