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  • Series: A Gourmet Girl Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425210383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425210383
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This delectable collaboration between Jessica Conant-Park and her mother, Susan Conant, author of the Cat Lover's and the Dog Lover's mystery series (Scratch the Surface, etc.), introduces an appealing heroine, Chloe Carter, a boy-crazy 20-something gourmand who lives in Brighton, Mass. Chloe thinks she might have found both romantic and gastronomic satisfaction in Eric Rafferty, a foodie she meets online. But their first date is a bust: Eric is a dolt, and he winds up getting stabbed before dessert. Chloe later falls for gorgeous Josh Driscoll, a chef acquaintance of Eric's. But Josh has a temper—and it turns out he owned the knife that killed Eric. Chloe must help clear Josh's name if their romance is to stand a chance. This scrumptious cozy, the first of a new series, has it all—charming characters, snappy dialogue and mouth-watering recipes. (Mar.)
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[Steamed] has it all: charming characters, snappy dialogue and mouth-watering recipes. It's delectable. (Publishers Weekly)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Simmons on September 6, 2011
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I love cozies and I love food, so I thought I might be able to add the Gourmet Girl series to my "follow" list. Honestly, I found that I disliked so much about this book that nothing could salvage it for me. I just couldn't get into it, though I did finish the book. There were a handful of scenes or quips that I found funny, but, overall, I just found it sad and I found Chloe unlikeable.

Chloe was shallow, vain, selfish, and thoughtless. I didn't mind that a good portion of the book focuses on who Chloe was sleeping with and who she wanted to sleep with - welcome to Generation Y. What I didn't like was that she was in graduate school, in the social work field, and rather than wanting to be a catalyst for the betterment of society or wanting to help people in general, Chloe was only doing it because she had to go to graduate school to inherit a large sum of money from her dead uncle. Her internship at a place that she can't remember the name of is dedicated to helping women being harassed in the workplace, but it's all a joke to her. That's just so sad to me, even in a fictional story. I think a lot of this stuff was meant to be funny, but I just didn't feel it.

She spends all this time deceiving the grieving parents of her murdered date so she might find some clues to help get exonerate her want-to-be-beau who wasn't even a serious murder suspect given the lack of police presence in the book. Other than three or four scenes, the detective in charge is just a voice on the phone that Chloe disregards.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twenty-five-year-old Boston food connoisseur, Chloe Carter, would love to spend all of her time dining out at the top gourmet hot spots, and watching daytime TV. But, alas, due to a wacky clause in her Uncle Alan's Will, Chloe is forced to complete a Master's Degree program in the field of her choice, before she can even think about touching her inheritance. Which is how she finds herself in the throes of life as a Freshman in Social Worker school, and participating in an internship program at the Boston Organization Against Sexual and Other Harassment in the Workplace, where she is the only other employee aside from Naomi Campbell (whom she has appropriately nicknamed Braids). As if attending classes three days a week weren't problem enough, the amount of coursework she's stuck with on the weekends is seriously hindering her already unsuccessful love life. After various failed relationships, however, Chloe believes that it's time to throw in the towel. That is, until her older sister convinces her to sign up with an online dating site where Chloe (aka GourmetGirl) meets and accepts a date with someone titled DinnerDude (aka Eric Rafferty), who sounds too good to be true. Sadly, when she meets up with the fellow food lover, she learns that he's just that - too good to be true - and can't wait to escape the portly bore who is not only pompous, but a cheapskate to boot. But escaping this deadly date isn't as easy as she originally thought, when Eric turns up dead in the men's bathroom - stabbed to death. Luckily, while attending the bore's funeral - where his parents seem to have an extremely wrong impression about her - Chloe meets up with a sensitive, sexy chef named Josh Driscoll, who knows the exact way to win her heart - through her stomach.Read more ›
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ginnyk on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewers, I don't think this is a great book. It was OK, but the only reason I read it to the end is because I kept expecting better, and it was a lazy Sunday afternoon. I love Susan Conant's books, and will buy any new ones without even reading the jacket. But I won't buy any of the mother-daughter team books without reading the precis and sampling portions. Another reviewer spoke of the main character, Chloe, as having force of character. I don't think so - I think she is impulsive, manipulative, and self-centered. She picks what she thinks is the easiest graduate course (and it's only two years) so that she can get her inheritance, and enters the program intending to do the minimum necessary to get by and cash in. Her coments about the social work program are, indeed, very negative, and her reaction to her internship placement is one of no commitment, no participation, and little caring for the goals of the program (yes, it wasn't a well thought out program and not one I'd want to spend time with, but still... ) She sacks up with a guy who says he doesn't want commitments, doesn't really believe him, and has a fit when he (her downstairs neighbor) sacks up with someone else. She tries to prove that Josh, the primary police suspect in the murder, is not guilty not because she really doesn't believe he could be guilty, but because she doesn't want him to be guilty because he is a hottie and she wants to get into bed with him. She doesn't have the strength of character to tell the parents of the murder victim that she wasn't in a relationship with him, only a blind date, until after a third encounter where the dad makes moves on her.Read more ›
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