In a debut mystery, a restaurant critic for The Washington Post assigns her alter ego, Chas Wheatley, to cover a gourmet festival in downtown Washington, D.C., where the untimely demise of a chef stirs up trouble. Reprint.
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Restaurant reviewing is a clandestine business
As the Washington Post's restaurant critic for the past 20 years, I've grown accustomed to using an assumed name, investigating everything I eat, stealing menus and keeping my opinions under wraps. Thus it was a short step to writing mysteries. In inventing Chas Wheatley, Washington Examiner restaurant critic who unexpectedly becomes a sleuth, I also created a platform for the juicy stories of the restaurant world (here populated by real and imagined chefs), the lore of cooking and the lure of journalism. It gave me the opportunity to enjoy the dishes of my dreams with no overcooking, excessive salting or clashing flavors. And I could at last shine a spotlight on the people behind those meals I've been critiquing all these years. Chas Wheatley, unlike me, has been a chef--and the former lover of a superstar chef who suddenly dies in the prime of his career. The police consider his demise a "natural", but Chas suspects murder, so she plies a food-fanatic detective with fritto misto to enlist his cooperation. Her world is filled with chefs, headwaiters, reporters and a grown daughter who'd rather have "just a salad." Even the (real) White House pastry chef plays a role in solving the murder. But this is more than a murder mystery. It's a murder mystery that explains why you shouldn't order clam fritters for lunch on Monday, how to handle a supercilious waiter and what you'll need to prepare your own risotto, fat-free potato salad or chocolate-hazelnut calzone.
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Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061096253
Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Washington's finest French chef, Laurence Levain is dead, and all of D.C. thinks the culprit was too much foie gras--except Chas Wheatley, the city's most famous restaurant critic. Still carrying a torch for Levain after a romance they shared years before, she's convinced that his death was more than a simple case of too much cholesterol--it was a case of murder. Enlisting the aid of detective/gourmand Homer Jones, she launches an investigation and soon finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0061096253
Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061096253
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