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'..Show More »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.
Don't know what it is about the Gourmet Detective books that interest me so, but they definitely intrigue me. This one was better than the first one...Show More » Perhaps because the mystery was much better--a closed room type. I also love all things Asian cooking, and the spices, meals, and restaurants spoken about in this book were mouth watering and familiar to me. There was also lots of name dropping stories about the times and life in New York.
In this book, the Gourmet Detective, who never gets a name, is called from England to New York to authenticate Ko Feng. This spice has been missing from the world for over 500 years, so everyone from chefs, to pharmaceutical companies want to acquire some, and many are willing to do anything to get some. It's worth a fortune and now it's missing and one of the men involved is dead too. The GD seems to do much of his investigating with beautiful and intriguing women.
This mystery has a definite feel of Christie's mysteries, with the gathering of suspects at the end of the story, where the culprits are revealed. If you're a foodie and can stand a bit of snobbery in your characters, you'll enjoy these books.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It is a very interesting story and the narrator puts energy into the scenes. I started to read the book, but f..Show More »ound the beginning slow; with the audiobook, however, the story came alive.
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 pictur..Show More »e 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!