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Killer Critique (Capucine Culinary Mysteries #3)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  131 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Now a seasoned member of the Paris Police Judiciaire, the ever fashionable and whip smart Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier is finding murder to be more than just the specialite du jour. . .
When the senior food critic for Le Figaro is found face-first in a plate of Ravioles d'horand, there seem to be as many suspects as there are restaurants in the City of Light. Yet Capuci
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Kensington (first published June 1st 2012)
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Diane Waldo
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book was okay; too much use of French words and phrases for anyone who isn't very knowledgeable about the language. I found it confusing and hard to follow at times, as well. I probably won't go out of my way to find the other books in this series.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found the characters shallow and flat and the plot about the same. Not a series that I will follow.
Elaine Kozak
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Utterly implausible heroine even by cozy mystery standards (despite all the references to the different elements of the Parisian law enforcement establishment this is hardly a police procedural). Not quite sure why I read it to the end.
Who is killing the Restaurant Reviewers of Paris? That is the question for Paris Judiciaire Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier, young, empathic but definitely capable of getting to the bottom of the dark side of Paris. The difficulty in part is that she knows many of the victims and suspects through her husband, a restaurant reviewer himself. It appears very early on that there is a serial killer with a purpose. But the strange part is the method of the murders with variations on a theme. Also, the ...more
Julie H.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Anyone who enjoys Paris, food, and light-hearted mysteries will revel in Alexander Campion's "Capucine Culinary" mystery series. Once again, I jump in mid-stream (i.e., with book three of four at present), and am largely pleased with the result. Fans of Cara Black's Sophie LeDuc series will likely appreciate Campion's works. Other than their cultural identities, Sophie and Capucine have little in common, however. Plus, whereas Black's works frequently harken back to the City of Lights' grim Worl ...more
Brian Williams
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Comment: A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read. Highly recommended.


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining murder mystery set in modern day Paris. Someone is killing well-known food critics as they do restaurant reviews for their newspapers. . There's no apparent motive for the murders. Each of the critics is killed by exotic out-of-the ordinary means, such as poison tip darts. The task of catching the killer falls to Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier of the Judical Police, a
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Could Paris, France have their first serial killer? Isn't that an unique problem in North America? Those are the questions posed by Paris Police Judiciaire when famous restaurant reviewers are killed and poisoned in Paris.

Police Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier is put quickly on the case. The reason being the Commissaire's husband is perhaps the foremost restaurant reviewer in all of France, Alexandre de Huguelet. The crimes must be solved before Alexandre is targeted.

The chase takes us through
Kate Baxter
Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier serves on the Paris, France police force. Local food critics are getting bumped off in a variety of clever ways and Capucine and her team have been called in to solve the murders. But they are continually thwarted by the archaic juges d'instruction who insists that all matters related to the murders be passed through his office. The murderer has a fetish which needs to be fed through successive murders yet has now gone quiet. How is Capucine going to force the mur ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery. I learned so much about philosophy and got into the psychological part of the discussions Capucine had with Vavaseur.

The characters are well-written, from the simply silly Sybille to the pompous juge Martinière, to Tallon, whom I loved in this book. Campion's writing flows easily, but is rich with vocabulary and still humorous.

I liked the complexity of the mystery, but really found Capucine's depression and worry about Alexandre touching, and her guilt very genuine.

I also,
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Francophiles, culinary voyeurs, lovers of French fashion
Recommended to K by: Stumbled across it at my public library
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and am looking forward to the next book. The mysteries are well plotted and light hearted. If you're a Francophile or culinary voyeur you'll probaby enjoy this series. I love the author's use of obscure words, which encourages me to look them up and build my vocabulary. My only complaint is that Mr. Campion needs a better copy editor. I found a number of misspellings and even more disturbing, a lack of character continuity, i.e., transposing the names of cha ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, mystery
Someone is killing the great restaurant critics of Paris. If you're like me you'll figure out who it is in chapter 2. The author is an American-born restaurant critic in Paris and he really knows his way around a Gallic kitchen...and the French judicial system. I liked that part. But I got awfully sick of the endless soucons of French phrases sprinkled in as garnish and all the elaborate concoctions with fois gras and caviare. And I speak French! Also the yucky, smarmy bits about unattractive me ...more
Donna Church
Capucine faces a serial killer close to home someone is killing food critics in restaurants as they make notes for their reviews. Her investigation is further complicated by an overzealous administrative judge who insists on inserting himself into the investigation to Capucine s exclusion. With an upcoming, high-profile opening of the Eiffel Tower restaurant, Capucine must decide if she is willing to use Alexandre as bait or live with the danger of losing him later to the serial killer.[return]I ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This has everything I like in a mystery--food, a foreign setting, and a smart lady cop! Capucine is trying to find the murder of a food critic, which takes place in a restaurant as he is researching his review. When another restaurant critic is murdered in a restaurant, she sees a pattern beginning, which is hitting too close to home since her beloved husband, Alexandre, is also a famous food journalist. There are lots of interesting characters here and the Paris restaurant scene setting is alwa ...more
Nathalie S
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Paris--Gastronomy--Much French linguo--Mystery--perfect recipe for a great summer book (or any other time of the year for that matter, but funner in the summer). The "commissaire" is Capucine Le Tellier who is married to a Parisian Restaurant Critique, Alexandre. Her team, as it were, consists of Isabelle, David and Momo--all of them smart and tough-as-nails. Several food critics are being murdered, one by one, in rapid succession, all in the restaurant they were reviewing and all with food invo ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
This is the first time I've read a Capucine Culinary Mystery, and I'm hooked.
Several food critics have been murdered in the city and Commissaire Le Tellier fears that her food critic husband, Alexandre, is next.
Set in Paris, filled with French expressions, amazing culinary descriptions and excellent writing made this one of the more enjoyable books I have read lately. I'm off to get the first in the series (this was the 3rd).
Ken Fredette
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Several new characters came out of this book that may turn into something. Dr. Vavasseur is a Psychiatrist, philosopher, and undercover agent, also being a vagrant and food lover. Fits in with Capucine and Alexandre. This did prove to be a culinary mystery. Mr. Campion was a restaurant critic in France. Keep your dictionary handy or you'll miss out on some neat words.
Linda Smatzny
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Capucine Culinary Mystery series. The main character, Capucine, is a French police detective married to a French food critic. Lots of French phrases and French food plus murders.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little too haute cuisine (and haute couture) for my taste, but a well-crafted mystery in that I didn't know the killer until just before it was revealed... Not my favorite culinary mystery series but one I might read again if my faves aren't available at the library...
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The Capucine Culinary mystery series, for me, just get better with each new book. I so enjoyed this book - the description of the food, life in Paris and of course the interaction between Capucine and Alexandre just add to this wonderful mystery. More please Mr Campion.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
My first Capucine Culinary Mystery - thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice easy reading. Will look for the first two in the series.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
A good mystery but lots of French expressions, names and titles. That may be off-putting for the average reader.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you like lighted hearted mystery? Do you like Paris? Do you like food? Then why haven't you read this book already?
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Maybe I was not in the mood for this boom, but I did not enjoy this at all.

Could not get through the French words didn't engage me at all.

Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read in this series. I enjoyed the descriptions of life in Paris and the the culinary world it described. The mystery was challenging and the characters well-developed.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, culinary
I love this culinary and police procedural series set in Paris. Good food, good wine and an interesting mystery!
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a kick out of it. Pleasant, loved the characters, will look for the author for others.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Third in the Capucine Culinary Mystery series another light, frothy police procedural with delightful French settings, mouth-watering menus and a likeably quirky cast of characters.
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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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