A really likable protagonist, light touch with the writing and good dialog with appropriate voices from each of the characters, who were more than just cardboard stereotypes. The mystery was not obvious halfway through, like some others I've read recently. I knew nothing of the high-end restaurant business but really enjoyed this peek into it, especially with a guide like Mary Ryan (and the author).
I hate to have to say it, this is an old-fashioned, properly edited, pleasure to read. This is unlike several books I've read lately, full of terrible grammar, the half-baked sentences, tense changes, POV changes and awful misspellings throughout.
Roux Morgue is definitely worth reading: it's not pretending to be anything but a good mystery, and it's is very satisfying.