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Julia Platt Leonard has been a television reporter, pastry chef & bread baker for Todd English, and a food consultant. She lives in London with her family. When she’s not dreaming about what’s for dinner or thinking up new stories, she is a freelance copy writer and recipe tester. Cold Case is her first novel.

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CHAPTER I

BA-BA-BA. I swatted at the alarm clock. BA-BA-BA. Where was the snooze button? I fumbled for the light and knocked over a glass of water. By the time I got the light on, and alarm off, water was everywhere. I picked up Dave’s copy of Making of a Cook and dried it off on my pillowcase.

Great. Six o’clock a.m. and the day was off to a bad start.

It wasn’t going to get any better, either. I slid out of bed and fished a pair of jeans and a crumpled T-shirt from underneath a chair and yanked them on. Thanks to Dave—he’s my older brother—I got to spend Saturday morning cleaning greasy exhaust hoods and scrubbing down counters. Oh yeah, and stock-take … a riveting job where I counted how much we had of every ingredient in the kitchen. Fascinating, not.

He didn’t even care that school had just started and I had homework to do. He gave me a big lecture last night. “Oz, this is the only way you’ll ever learn the business. All the great chefs start this way.” And then—this is the killer—“Trust me, I’m doing you a favor.” Thanks, Dave.

I splashed cold water on my face and brushed my teeth. I caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror and squinted at my reflection. Maybe we weren’t really brothers. He had blond hair and blue eyes. Me? Brown hair, brown eyes, and freckles. I could hope.

I walked down the hall past his bedroom. Totally silent. He got to sleep in while I worked. Okay, so we were short staffed. And he was the head chef. And he was twelve years older than me. I got all that. But still, he treated me like I was his personal slave.

It was worse because Mom wasn’t here. She’d been in France for almost a week. She flew out as soon as we got the call that Gran had had a stroke. Mom was barely out of the driveway before Dave put on his serious face and said, “Oz, we all have to pitch in.” I think it was just another excuse to hassle me.

I put on my backpack and grabbed my bike from the front porch. I was almost out the driveway before I realized something was weird. Dave’s car wasn’t there. I hadn’t heard him come in last night, but I was so exhausted that wasn’t surprising. A sick thought raced through my mind. What if Dave was already at work? What if he’d gone in early so he could keep an eye on me? Great. That was all I needed.

I zoomed down Garcia, took a right onto Acequia Madre and a left at Delgado. Piñon smoke wafted out of a chimney, a smell of pine and cumin that reminded me of Christmas. I sucked in a deep breath. Except for a couple of dogs howling, it was just me.

At Canyon Road I took a right. The galleries were closed, waiting for the next wave of art-crazed tourists. We got our fair share of tourists at Chez Isabelle—most of the local businesses depended on them—but also lots of locals.

When I hit the parking lot I slowed down. Suddenly it was pitch black. Weird. I could barely see the restaurant across the lot. It wasn’t a big deal. I spent more time at Chez Isabelle than I did at home and knew my way around blindfolded, but still …

I coasted across the lot and leaned my bike against the wall. I felt my way to the door. Glass crunched underneath my shoes. That was it. The light over the back door was out. Probably Razor and JoJo playing hoops again. “Excellent,” I muttered. “One more thing to clean up.”

I shifted my backpack onto one shoulder and dug in the zipper pocket for my key. I fumbled around until I found the lock. The key slipped in but the lock didn’t turn. It wasn’t locked. Impossible. Dave closed last night, didn’t he? He never forgot anything, especially something like locking up. I got this creepy feeling. I knew he’d been in a foul mood last night, distracted, like something was really bugging him, but forget to lock up?

I stood in the doorway, trying to figure out what to do. “Hello?” I called out. “Dave, you there?”

No one answered. I told myself there was nothing to worry about. I tried to ignore the butterflies in my stomach. I stepped through the doorway. Total darkness. It took a second for my eyes to adjust. I smelled cooking grease and bleach and something else … something different … what was it? It was like rust or …

I ran my hand along the wall to my right, found the light switch, and gave it a flick. As soon as the fluorescent lights sputtered on I felt better.

But then I saw it. Blood. The prep table—the stainless-steel one we used for pastry—was covered in blood. My stomach heaved. Don’t puke. It was blood, wasn’t it? I swallowed hard. There was more on the floor in front of the table. I glanced up. Droplets peppered the ceiling. I swallowed again.

I grabbed my cell and started to punch in the speed dial for Dave. I stopped. Dave would ask me a load of questions. I didn’t have any answers. Figure out what’s going on, then call Dave. I slipped the phone back in my pocket.

I glanced around at the rest of the room. Nothing moved, nothing missing as far as I could tell. Everything else looked normal. I took a step toward the table. A trail of blood led from the table in the center of the room to the walk-in fridge on the right-hand wall. Then it stopped. I edged over toward the fridge, trying not to step in the blood. It was no good. It squelched underneath my sneakers. I looked down. I’d left a bloody footprint on the floor.

I rested my hand on the cold stainless-steel door, trying to get my heart to stop racing. Maybe this was a practical joke. Something Razor thought up. He was our sous-chef, the second-in-command to Dave. Maybe I’d open up the door and he’d be in there with a couple of the other guys in hysterics.

I gripped the stainless-steel handle of the fridge. I took a deep breath and pulled. A blast of cold air hit me. That’s when I saw him. It wasn’t Razor or any of the guys from work. It was a man slumped against the back wall of the walk-in. There was a small trickle of blood on his forehead. But his shirt … his shirt was covered in blood. He didn’t move. Dead. But his eyes … they were wide open and staring straight at me.

© 2011 Julia Platt Leonard

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144242009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442420090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some people eat to live -- I live to eat. I plan lunch during breakfast and dinner not long after that. So I guess it's no surprise that much my first novel, Cold Case, takes place in a restaurant. It's also no surprise that it's set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of my favorite places in the world.

I came to writing after careers as a television reporter, advertising executive, and professional chef. I'm a Tennessee native with stops in Ohio and North Carolina before going to college at the University of Virginia. I've lived in New York and Boston but call London home now (one of the finest foodie cities despite what some people say).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gordon mcleod on June 12, 2011
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Taking place in Santa Fe, this story takes you traveling through all different neighborhoods and also explores the kitchen. Great detail is shown in these two areas which truly shows that the author knows what she is talking about. The mystery is hard to decipher alone, and it is surprising and thrilling towards the end. Even though the book is told from a boys point of view, if you are an adult you will still thoroughly enjoy it. You will start to remember what it was like to be child: always curious and looking for excitement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PlumBushy on June 10, 2011
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Even though written for the 12-14 age group, this creative murder mystery also plays to adult readers of the genre. I thought I was reading it so I'd know what it was about for the young people I'm sending it to..., but I got hooked myself! I get the Santa Fe/New York connection. Julia's next book should take place in London/Newburyport, Ma. Then she could be a guest author at Jabberwocky Bookstore. EnJoy:)
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By Caroline on September 13, 2011
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I bought this book for a young friend and thought I would read a couple of chapters first. My downfall! I couldn't put the book down and lost a whole afternoon reading it cover to cover. As a long time resident of Santa Fe and an avid mystery reader I found Julia's descriptions of Santa Fe in "Cold Case" to be spot on and her narrative totally engaging with enough twists and turns to keep anyone intrigued. I appreciated the fact that she does not talk-down to her targeted audience and uses some fascinating history and some grown-up reality as the basis of her plot. Oz and Randy are an appealing pair of characters and worthy of their own series.
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By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2014
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Julia Platt Leonard's compelling story, elegantly written.by a writer who has a good take on the way a teenage mind works. The dialogue is great, Oz, a boy with a mission to save his brother by solving solve a major crime and defend his late father's reputation, With lots of twists and turns the novel is engaging from first to last., It would make a great film. wr
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By Mellie on August 29, 2011
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I loved Julia Platt Leonard's Cold Case. I think it should be classified as a good read for middle grade and middle age! I'm 49 and loved the book. I was completely mesmerized by OZ. The murder captures your attention in the first chapter and I couldn't put the book down after that! Hope there will be a sequel!
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By Christine on November 30, 2011
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As a teenager, Cold Case was the perfect combination of mystery and intrigue. I never got bored and was one of those books that I didn't want to put down. I loved the fact that Oz was very loyal to his brother and his friend Rusty. This is a great book for any age and my teacher is even reading it to our class.
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By Magnolia on July 5, 2011
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Loved the original idea of combining love of food with such adventure. I pride myself on being an ace sleuth when reading adventure books but Julia had so many twists and turns that I couldn't figure out who "done it" till the end. A great book for kids and adults and perfect summer reading. Bravo Julia!
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By Lisasee on November 13, 2011
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A great read for the age group, as well as for adults! Cold Case is an exciting mystery with great description, detail and suspense which takes the reader on a fun journey along with Oz and his friends/"family" to solve a crime close to his heart. Well done, Ms. Leonard and we await the sequel!!
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