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Chill Before Serving: A Mystery for Food Lovers Paperback – April 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Mystery and Suspense Press (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595217915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595217915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,060,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Lawrence's second clever and amusing culinary mystery to feature Cat Deean (after 1993's Take-Out City), the capable, hardworking caterer finds herself in hot water when her boss, L.A. restaurateur Nick Dellacasa, hires a noted but nasty chef, Hippolytus "Polley" Arbusto. Polley left San Francisco under suspicion of having poisoned his restaurant patrons. Is the chef crass but charming, or mean and murderous? When the bodies start to pile up, Cat narrowly misses joining the victim list after receiving a bottle of poisoned porcini oil. Our sleuthing heroine follows the murder trail between L.A. and San Francisco, consulting friends in the gay community, her ex-husband, her new reporter lover, Aunt Sadie with her new interest in organic foods and natural remedies, a suave Chinese-American detective and a red-faced bear of an inspector. The author portrays all with quips and quirks-and nearly everyone has reason to hate Polley. Ultimately, Cat confronts a large pharmaceutical company with its aggressive marketing head, chatty receptionist and questionable ethics. Cuisines dipped into include mouthwatering Asian, Argentinean, Mexican and Italian, with spices and seasonings, appropriate wines and various coffees. Readers will be licking their chops right up to the thrilling denouement at a remote desert park.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora Woman on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Cat Deean works in the catering/marketing dept of a swanky LA restaurant in this above-average mystery. Aided somewhat by an old flame who happens to be an investigative reporter, Deean travels to San Francisco to get the dirt on a chef who allegedly poisoned a gay rights activist. Turns out the chef was set up by someone who soon sets their sights on Deean. Lots of food descriptions without dishes and drugery makes this fun and light.
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