From Publishers Weekly
In Conant-Park and Conant's cute fourth Gourmet Girl mystery to feature Chloe Carter (after 2008's Turn Up the Heat
), Josh Driscoll, Chloe's chef boyfriend, unwittingly serves up some poisoned lamb on a Boston cable reality TV show, Chefly Yours
. Both Josh and Chloe fall ill, but it's Francie, a randomly chosen shopper at the gourmet store Natural High, who eats too much of the digitalis-laced dish and doesn't recover. Was Francie the intended victim or just unlucky? Suspects range from Josh's fellow contestants competing for a new eight-part cooking show to some pranksters who may have taken a joke too far. Preparations for the wedding of Chloe's very pregnant best friend distract social work's answer to Nancy Drew from her sleuthing, but not for long. Recipes, some by pro chefs, round out this delectable chick lit cozy, which ends on an emotional cliffhanger for Chloe. (Feb.)
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Every chef’s worst nightmare is to have a diner drop dead after consuming his cuisine—it’s the ultimate negative review. In the latest mystery-with-recipes from the Conants, the authors find inspiration from popular television cooking shows. Chloe’s friend Josh competes on cable television in a series where a chef descends on some unsuspecting grocery shopper and accompanies the shopper home to “surprise” a significant other with a gourmet dinner. Voyeuristic thrills come from the stunned and startled eater’s reaction, and foodies get to watch professional chefs adapt to unfamiliar kitchens and improvised menus. To chef Josh’s chagrin, the unsuspecting shopper’s wife reacts to his fancy dinner with a speedy, televised demise. Chloe must find out just what killed the poor woman and who devised the foul deed. Recipes appended to this whodunit come from restaurants and stretch from simple salad to butter-poached lobster. --Mark Knoblauch