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 mysterious guide, Francesca. But between courses of boccocini--vol au vents filled with chicken giblets and truffles - and strangolopreti - a gnocchi and spinach dish whose name means "priest stranglers" - the determined gourmet begins to suspect that someone is trying to kill him. And when an agricultural magnate with whom he has enjoyed several meals turns up facedown in a swimming pool, the Gourmet Detective must dodge stampeding buffalo, a kamikaze airplane, and a killer monk, while at the same time choosing the perfect chef and solving the perfect murder. In a country where chefs enjoy a celebrity status second only to their food, would one kill to be the best? In Death al Dente, the fourth installment in the Gourmet Detective series, the discerning sleuth finds himself embroiled in a sizzling mixture of food and passion. Can he discover the murderer's motive before his own goose is cooked?
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As the first three other books of the series the story is full of fantastic explanation of plates regional cousin, wines and region plus a good picture of the culture and personality, in this case the Italians. All this mixed with a “mystery” not as interesting as the food descriptions but good enough to keep you reading
The sketch of the restaurants kitchen during operation is really good but I was surprised when I started listening to “beeps” each time one of the chef was saying a bad word! I have not seen the paper version of the book but I don’t imagine a “beep” to cover a bad word in written… This is the first time in all this years I listen to s censored audiobook.
As usual the narrator does a great job and I when finished book I went directly to the kitchen to eat!
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