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 goaA 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. ...more
This is a sweet little Christmas story that everyone should enjoy, but it is especially great for cat lovers. After his parents died when he was justThis is a sweet little Christmas story that everyone should enjoy, but it is especially great for cat lovers. After his parents died when he was just a child, Garrison Brown was raised by his Grandma, who lived a number of years with her husband in Kenya, until her husband died and she had to leave.
When Garrison grew up, he worked in Uganda for a number of years. Shortly after he came back to the states, his Grandma died. Her one request was for Garrison to find good homes for her six cats. This involved a long list of requirements for the potential owners, and included a surprise generous gift for the new owners. Grandma had also hoped Garrison would find his love and remain in her home. The placing of the cats almost seemed miraculous for both the cats and the new owners.
Thoroughly enjoyed this seasonal story. Loved how each cat found their perfect owners. The friendships, problems and community part of this story was excellent. I always have enjoyed Melody Carlson's books, and this was just as sweet and emotional as all her other stories....more
It's Christmas time in Key West, Florida and all the festivities are starting, with lights around the palm trees, parades of every sort, and foods toIt's Christmas time in Key West, Florida and all the festivities are starting, with lights around the palm trees, parades of every sort, and foods to tempt the Christmas vacationers. Hayley Snow is trying to hold onto her job as Key Zest Magazine's food writer, as well as negotiate her mom's living close by now.
Hayley is sent to interview a new restauranteur, Edel, who is opening her branch of a popular New York restaurant that she used to run with her newly divorced husband. Hayley is deliciously impressed with the spaghetti bolognese (recipe in book) amongst other things. But before the restaurant can open, there's a fire and a dead body in the back of the restaurant. Was this an accident or is someone out to sabotage the opening, or even murder the owner. Being so new in town, Edel calls upon Hayley to help her because she's Edel's only new friend there and she knows that Hayley has solved other murders before.
These Key West Food Critic Mysteries are great reads for so many reasons. I love all the recurring characters, from 80 year old feisty, Miss Gloria, to Hayley's divorced parents and their new mates, to Hayley's fellow magazine staffers, to her homeless friends, to her Tarot card reader, to even the holy terror magazine owner, amongst others. The food descriptions and recipes are delicious. I especially love all the food quotes that start every chapter: " A cook is a man with a can opener. A chef is an artist" George Auguste Escoffier is just one example. Lastly, the mysteries are always intriguing!
I got this book free from the author for my honest review. I get no recompense for doing this, except for my joy of reading. ...more
"The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children f "The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation." (Numbers 14:18)
In Krueger's 8th Cork O'Connor novel, many issues cause much violence a small town in Minnesota. Conflicts between the Ojibwe Indians and the white population bring Cork into the conflict even though he is no longer sheriff. Though Cork has promised his family to stay out of these situations, someone shooting at him and his 7 year old son, brings him into the middle of everything. Different groups amongst the Ojibwe are in conflict, the whites and Ojibwe don't always trust each other, drugs cause death and violence, revenge causes quick deadly violence, and bulling and neglect causes unspeakable tragedy. Can violence really stop further violence?
I continue to find these Cork O'Conner novels more than just entertaining. They are atmospheric, with flawed but honest characters, that also deal with difficult moral and ethical community and personal issues. Love it when a book is good reading, but also makes me think! I listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed the narrator....more