by: Alexander Campion
Published: June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover (320 pages)
Series: Capucine Culinary Mysteries
***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***
Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier is assigned a murder investigation where haute cuisine and murder intersect, when a not-so-beloved food critic is found face down in his food.
The investigation heats up as the source of this death relates to a museum reception. A friend of the Commissaire attended this reception and also happened to be present at the critic’s final farewell. However, during this same event, youngsters provided an unauthorized demonstration of poisonous blow darts—created by the Brazilian Amerindians, and these deadly instruments were misused, mishandled, and misappropriated. Now, one was discovered in the neck of the Commissaire’s victim.
As if this investigation couldn’t get anymore complicated, Le Juge’ d’Instruction, August-Marie Parmentier de La Martiniere, confiscates Capucine’s investigation to garner headlines and a make case against the elimination of the juge’ d’Instruction function, thereby proving the relevancy of his office, which was created in 1790, and gaining political points. By law, she must relinquish the investigation to the inept official.
In yet another locked room mystery, another food critic is murdered, again in a restaurant filled with patrons. However, this establishment serves its guests completely in the dark, leaving no witnesses, but the suspect list starts with two individuals who also attended the first murder.
Commissaire Le Tellier’s gnawing concern escalates about her own spouse, when another victim surfaces.
KILLER CRITIQUE by Alexander Campion showcases the culture of France, the inner workings of the Paris police, and murder!
Alexander Campion creates a great investigator in Capucine who enjoys her job while her husband Alexandre seems to like playing Watson to the Commissaire’s Sherlock, and together they make a great team.
This author mixes culinary arts with the right amount of police action and spices it liberally with mystery.
KILLER CRITIQUE is a standalone novel, but you can read about Capucine’s other cases in THE GRAVE GOURMET (Kensington May 2011) and CRIME FRAICHE (Kensington July 2011)!