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Murder Most Delectable: Savory Tales of Culinary Crimes Hardcover – April 6, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517221640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517221648
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,859,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The appetizing "Murder Most Delectable" should leave you asking for seconds. -- The Post and Courier, Oct. 29, 2000

The stories are sure to keep you keen observers of glorious food on your toes, wishing for more morsels from the authors' tables. -- Daily News, Oct. 7, 2000

Those who mingle the pleasures of life with dining and entertainment may spend an evening with "Murder Most Delectable." -- Port Arthur News, Sept. 13, 2000 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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What a grand love affair people have with food, the only thing that can simultaneously delight all five senses. The sound of a porterhouse steak as it sizzles on the grill... the sight of a golden brown turkey roasting in the oven... the cool feel of watermelon on a steamy day... the smell of apple pie as it bakes to perfection...all fill us with delight and joy. But the final most glorious sense–taste–is sated with the first delectable bite.

Some people's appetite for food is exceeded only by their appetite for crime. As our demand for creative dishes has increased, so has the opportunity for evil epicureans to combine their talent for wickedness with their love of good food and drink. Thus they are able to lay their victims low in one fell swoop, using nothing more than a well-cooked meal or specially concocted libation.

This menu of eighteen stories of culinary crimes and death beckons everyone. Readers are advised to quiet any hunger pangs before turning the pages, for the meals described may be worth dying for. As an added bonus, recipes pertinent to each story's flavor are included, making this savory concoction, indeed, a true collection of Murder Most Delectable. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Eastwood on January 28, 2011
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All in all, Martin H. Greenberg's anthology MURDER MOST DELECTABLE: SAVORY TALES OF CULINARY CRIMES (2000) is disappointing. Readers who already own the anthology MURDER ON THE MENU (1984), edited by Greenberg with the help of Carol-Lynn Rössel Waugh and Isaac Asimov, should know that the earlier book is better and that four of the stories Greenberg chose for this one were in the earlier one (Ruth Rendell's, Rex Stout's, Janwillem van de Wetering's, and Nedra Tyre's) .

The 18 stories in this book are "The Last Bottle in the World" by Stanley Ellin, "Takeout" by Joyce Christmas, "The Case of the Shaggy Caps" by Ruth Rendell, "The Cassoulet" by Walter Satterthwait, "Tea for Two" by M. D. Lake, "The Second-Oldest Profession" by Linda Grant, "Connoisseur" by Bill Pronzini, "Gored" by Bill Crider, "Day for a Picnic" by Edward D. Hoch, "Guardian Angel" by Caroline Benton, "The Main Event" by Peter Crowther, "The Deadly Egg" by Janwillem van de Wetering, "Dead and Breakfast" by Barbara Collins, "Recipe for a Happy Marriage" by Nedra Tyre, "Death Cup" by Joyce Carol Oates, "Poison Peach" by Gillian Linscott, "Of Course You Know That Chocolate Is a Vegetable" by Barbara D'Amato, and "Poison à la Carte" by Rex Stout.

Of the 18 selections, the best in my view is the Nero Wolfe story by Rex Stout, offering us Archie's wit and Wolfe's successful trap. Slightly below this, I'd place Ellin's clever premise story about a murderer who cannot be punished and Rendell's and Linscott's fine puzzlers--an Inspector Wexford puzzler that ends inconclusively and a Victorian-era puzzler that may not be to everyone's taste.

Three stories I considered somewhat flawed for various reasons were Edward D. Hoch's, Janwillem van de Wetering's, and Barbara D'Amato's.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Littlejohn on January 4, 2010
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I bought this mystery collection because Rex Stout is one of the authors included, but none of the other writers are worthy to carry his empty beer-cap. The recipes might be worthwhile, but that's the only reason I gave this dud even one star. Too bulky to use for propping up wobbly tables - I can't imagine any household wanting to have this waste of paper on its shelves.
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