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Now a seasoned member of the Paris Police Judiciaire, the ever fashionable and whip smart Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier is finding murder to be more than just the specialite du jour...

When the senior food critic for Le Figaro is found face-first in a plate of ravioles d'homard, there seem to be as many suspects as there are restaurants in the City of Light. Yet Capucine feels she'll solve the case quicker than it takes to serve up an omelet aux fines herbes. Un problem, murders of food critics have become an epidemic. As the bodies pile up, un, deux, trois, so do the suspects, including a sexy starlet, an award-winning novelist, and a smorgasbord of aggravated chefs.

While Capucine struggles to zero in on the murderer's tastes, she is confronted with a false dilemma: file and forget the case, leaving restaurant critics across France vulnerable to a killer's episodic cravings, or use her husband, Alexandre, himself a famous food journalist, as irresistible bait.

Parisian lead detective Capucine Le Tellier (The Grave Gourmet) might be intrigued by the first murder of a food critic. But when a second critic dies in another restaurant, she's more than professionally concerned; her husband, Alexandre, is also a critic, and these are his friends being felled. When it becomes clear that a serial killer is staging these murders, Capucine must set a trap in order to save her husband. Teasing out the methods and the motive, while contending with the politics of interviewing suspects, keeps Capucine and her team on the run. VERDICT Campion's third Gallic series entry exudes an almost cozy vibe, but it's definitely a police procedural. Steeped in Parisian culture and class structure with plenty of food and fashion chatter, this mystery makes for a fine getaway read.

- Library Journal

In Paris, Le Figaro senior food critic Gautier du Fesnay reviews chic Left Bank restaurant Chez Beatrice. He records on a camcorder from the moment he arrives. Gautier takes a piece of ravioles d'homard and dies. Not long after that at Dans le Noir someone jams a basting needle into the ear of food critic Jean Monteil in the darkened dining room.

Paris Police Judiciaire Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier leads the investigation while concerned her husband wine and food expert husband Alexandre de Huguelet could be next. Someone murders other food critics while Capucine finds a horde of suspects, especially raging chefs. With the case going nowhere and the count mounting, Capucine has one way to find the culprit: dangle her beloved spouse as food bait.

The third captivating Capucine culinary Paris police procedural (see Grave Gourmet and Crime Fraiche) is a terrific serial killer thriller as you are what you eat. Fast-paced with a wonderful tour of the Left Bank and mindful of the Vincent Price movie Theatre of Blood, fans will enjoy this delicious tale that connects the Eifel Tower with haute cuisine.

- Harriet Klausner

In chapter one of Campion's delectable third culinary mystery set in Paris (after 2011's Crime Fraiche), a camcorder carried by Gautier du Fesnay, "senior food critic for Le Figaro," records his arrival at Chez Beatrice, an elegant Left Bank restaurant he's reviewing, and his subsequent demise after swallowing a bite of poisoned lobster ravioli. Later, someone plunges a basting needle into the ear of Jean Monteil, another restaurant critic, at Dans le Noir, where "a supposedly blind maitre d' leads you into a completely dark room, and you get to spill mediocre food all over your shirtfront." Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier has a personal reason to find the killer fast, since her wine and food expert husband, Alexandre de Huguelet, could become the next victim. The action builds to an unexpected conclusion amid fireworks atop the Eiffel Tower. Campion, himself a food critic who lived for years in Paris, offers descriptions of haute cuisine sure to please the most discriminating palates.

- Publishers Weekly

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