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Turn Up the Heat (A Gourmet Girl Mystery #3)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  506 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
The Gourmet Girl returns to solve the murder of one bad egg.

Chloe Carter has a lot on her plate-exams for grad school are coming up, and her chef boyfriend needs her support as his fledgling trendy restaurant comes into its own. The staff of Simmer gets along like petits pois in a pod, everyone pulling pranks on one another now and then. Everyone, that is, except for Leand
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley
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Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing drive me nuts. In places it was overtly simple. I also hated Chloe. Life was so simple for her except for trying to fit into the atmosphere on the street where the Simmer restaurant was situated. She tried to be Miss Perfect and it drove me to not like her. The talk of her social work was completely over amped as well.
Earl Grey
Mar 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just a story. A story of a girl with a chef as her boyfriend, of her pregnant best friend, and his boyfriend's restaurant. These were the main focus of the book and it felt like the murder was just thrown there for the sake of categorizing it as "Mystery".

The only thing that interest me and kept me reading is the kitchen. It felt like I could relate with Josh and the other chefs. =w= (kitchen work. Not the steal and sell part)

I would probably give it more stars if it did not label itself as myst
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tpl
Not enough mystery -- clues, suspects, motivation, anything. It's important to include character development and relationship to make the crime-solving relevant, but this is just a bunch of boring characters being boring together, barely pausing for mystery-solving.
Sally Hannoush
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns in the third installment of the series. Backstabing, lying, secrets, weddings, murder, and kidnapping. There was a little bit of everything in this story. So far this is my favorite read. Recipes included. The sneak peak into book four really has me wanting to read it.
Kristin Cochran Schadler
Breezed through this in a few hours. Fun read, hard to put down. Loved that Adrianna and Owen got a little more depth. Good mystery!
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually the third book in the A Gourmet Girl Mystery series. There is no indication of this on the cover of the book. Thankfully it is a stand alone story and the author does not allude to any previous stories in this one. [Why is so hard to put the number on the spine or cover somewhere? That used to be standard practice...why not continue that?]

A fun read. This is a "cozy mystery" so you can have peace of mind knowing that there will not be a lot of gore or intense suspense.

The story
Diane Morasco
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, mystery, cozy
Turn Up the Heat is the 3rd adventure in the savory Gourmet Girl culinary mystery series by noted mother-daughter scribes, Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant.

Turn Up the Heat shines a light on the restaurant industry & what goes on behind the scenes in our neighborhood kitchens by showcasing the lush, elegant, Simmer.

Jessica & Susan do a steller job sketching restaurant life & this is the best installment yet.

Turn Up the Heat is on fire w/ juicy tidbits on what makes or breaks a
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
It’s sometimes the case with series mysteries that things start to get stale and less interesting by book three. Not so with this Boston-based culinary mystery series crafted by a mother-and-daughter team.

The characters you know and love are back in this third book, and I didn’t see the solution to the mystery before it was appropriate to do so.

It’s spring at last in Boston! Chloe Carter has it made in so many ways. She’s days away from graduation, and her romance with Executive Chef Josh at S
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this third installment of the Gourmet Girl series, Chloe is coming up on exams in her master's program in social work and is also stressed about how busy her boyfriend Josh has been at Simmer, where he is head chef. Her best friend is very hormonal from her pregnancy and planned marriage to Owen, who has given up his wayward ways and now has a "straight" job as a driver/account manager for a seafood distributor. When a waitress at Simmer ends up dead in the back of Owen's refrigerated truck, ...more
Nov 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Book 3 in A Gourmet Girl Mystery.
Chloe and Josh are still going strong, even though they don't get to spend much alone time together. Simmer, the restaurant where Josh is a chef at, keeps him busy working long, hard hours. They just opened a new patio area and are really starting to make a name for themselves. Especially when Leandra, on of Simmer's waitresses with an attitude, is found dead in the back of the fish suppliers truck on morning. Chloe finds herself with quite a full plate as she tr
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Chloe still barely sees her boyfriend, Josh, whose job as a chef keeps him extremely busy. Sometimes the only way to see him is to eat at his restaurant, Simmer.

After eating dinner there one night with a group of friends, Owen's forced to leave his ride parked in the alley behind the restaurant. The next morning, Chloe and Owen return to fetch his truck, but, much to their dismay, they discover the body of their waitress, Leandra, in the back - mu
Mar 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TITLE/AUTHOR: TURN UP THE HEAT by Jessican Conant-Park & Susan Conant
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2008/250 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #3 in Gourmet Girl series
TIME/PLACE: Present/Boston
CHARACTERS: Chloe Carter/grad student Josh Driscoll/Chloe's boyfriend, chef at trendy new restaurnat Simmer
FIRST LINES: Early May in Boston. There's nothing else like it.

COMMENTS: library book. Light, fun, entertaining. An interesting look into the restaurant biz, a little shocked at the am
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
I like this series but this third book didn't do much for me. It didn't describe the life of restaurant chefs and cooking enough, the motivation for the murder seemed weak, there wasn't much suspense or tension or even very good logic in figuring out the murderer, the character development between the main character and her boyfriend was anemic, it left a lot of threads hanging (for the next book?), and I just must have been in a bad mood--the writing seemed weak compared to the book I just read ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Chloe Carter, a doctoral student in social work with a boyfriend who is the head chef at a new Boston area restaurant, doesn't need anything else on her plate; but she gets it anyway, a murder to solve. One of the waitresses where her boyfriend is the chef is murdered and left in her best friend's fiance's fish delivery truck. Of course Chloe has to try to solve the murder because the police think the fiance is the murderer, and her best friend begs Chloe to clear his name. Chloe gets in a lot d ...more
Margo Brooks
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed this silly witty mystery about the Boston restaurant scene. In this third book of culinary capers, Chloe's boyfriend Josh is head chef at a new Newbery Street restaurant, but all isn't perfect. Things are disappearing left and right and when one of the waitresses winds up dead in the back of a fish truck, everyone is a suspect. It is clever and fun and warm, but I agree with some other reviewers that this is supposed to be a mystery series, and there was not a lot of sleuthing going on ...more
Cute new series by mother and daughter Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant of dog and ct lover fame. Billed as a Gourmet Girl Mystery (the daughter is married to a chef) this story centers around the boyfriend chef's restaurant and the nasty server who gets strangled by an apron tie early on. If you love delectable food descriptions and recipes that sound wonderful while promising a lot of work, this is a good beach, bus pass the time read.
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the characters and storyline of this book. When a waitress is found dead in the back of a delivery truck it seems everyone who works at the restaurant are suspects. We see some of what happens with the cooks and wait staff getting everything ready for the day. Also there are some great recipes at the end of the book. What I didn't care for is the fact that everyone thinks its ok to steal from the restaurant.

FTC disclosure: I bought my copy of this book.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up as a remainder from the dollar store and I can see why. I couldn't get past the first chapter or so, because what sounded like a promising synopsis began with stereotypical characters and pure drivel. My time is too valuable to waste on bad writing. Thank the gods for paperback swap!
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of a series of very fun books. They are perfect for summer beach reads, for winter ski chalet reads, for anytime you want to read something that will a) keep your attention; b) be fun; c) is well-written and d) surprises you with the ending. These are not the sort of mysteries where you will easily guess "whodunit."
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm totally enjoying this series.

It's fun, light, includes lots of good foodie stuff (oh yeah!)...and never in a million years would I have guessed the, um, motive for all the mayhem this time. LOL.

Aug 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much as the other two. The reason for the murder was just a little ridiculous to me. However, it kept with the same story line. There's never much romance in these books but somehow she keeps it going.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining mystery without a lot of the heavy drama. It's mystery chick-lit written from the perspective of an amateur sleuth. There's plenty of action, some suspense, a little confusion, but it all makes for a delightful read.
Carol Evans
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy the characters in this series. They're all a little quirky. The motive for the murder was not really believable, though. I have to try a couple of the recipes in the back, especially the calamari one.
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in this entertaining series. Unfortunately for me, I started reading the series backwards. However, this is a fun and lighthearted book that I am really enjoying. i feel a connection with the characters and am close to finishing this quick-read.
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like how this series isn't about an amateur sleuth interfering with the police investigation. This is a nice refreshing change and I really like reading about the characters lives. I also like the bits of humor that is thrown in. A really great series. I can't wait to read the next book!
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty lame. It was okay, until the very end and then it felt like the author couldn't come up with a reason for the person to commit the crime and just used the first thing she thought of. Please, if you value your mind DON'T READ IT!!
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reads, mystery
I'm so happy to finally be able to read the rest of these. Even if the library did send me #s 3 and 4 when I have yet to read #2. The gaps are easy to fill in. I really enjoy this series. It's fun, uncomplicated, easy to read.
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book. Had some boring spots but I enjoyed it overall.
Katie Jane
This is the third title in this series, and not nearly as good as the first one. And, since I'm not a foodie, I find all the recipe details throughout the narrative nothing but distracting.
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft-fiction
I'm really enjoying this series. Fast, easy read, but FUN. I rarely find good mysteries that make me laugh out loud at times.
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