Crime Fraiche (Capucine Culinary Mysteries) by Alexander Campion

By Alexander Campion

Très stylish Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier units off on a searching vacation that proves lethal for greater than simply the pheasants. . .

Before Capucine and her husband, wonderful nutrition critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a deadly searching twist of fate has disappointed their idyllic vacation spot. what is intended to be a relaxed bon voyage to the countryside--rustic picnics, dinners en plein air, and naturally, a sip or of Calvados--quickly sours as extra "accidents" befall the visitors. however the neighborhood gendarmerie lack the investigative finesse to attract any conclusions, not to mention suspects, forcing Capucine to puzzle out the crimes herself. And while the our bodies bring about a celebrated livestock ranch, the stakes upward push past small-town grudges to the fight surrounding France's such a lot loved gastronomic traditions.

"[A] geographical region romp." --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Alexander Campion's Crime Fraiche and The Grave Gourmet

"This new sequence bargains a uniquely combined mixture of ‘hooks' that would attract a wide selection of poser lovers." --Booklist

"A dinner party of crime with a soupçon of gourmand delight." --RT publication Reviews, four Stars, on Crime Fraiche

"Full of a laugh characters. . . Readers will desire a moment helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet

"An excellent debut that increases the bar on cutting-edge detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet

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With more diplomatic skill than Capucine would have ever thought she possessed, Marie-Christine calmed the crisis. She smiled a slightly bored, wifely smile at her husband. “Darling, why don’t you invite Alexandre—and Capucine, too, of course—to visit the élevage? If they could come on Monday, the day after tomorrow’s shoot, I could be there, too, and we could make a party of it. ” As an afterthought she added, “Monsieur Bellanger would come along as well, naturally. ” They stayed at the table happily for two more hours.

You promised. Oncle Aymerie is expecting us for lunch tomorrow. Remember, a quick lunch just with the family, then dinner with some guests, and then a pheasant shoot on Sunday. He said it would be his first time out in a week. I can’t imagine why. ” Alexandre said something, but since he was nibbling her neck, Capucine missed the gist. As she was about to reply, he swept an arm under her legs and picked her up. Capucine’s mood played a vigorous volley between irritation and attraction. For a half second her muscles prepared a blow that had probably been used by the police since the long-gone days when street savate was the accepted means of dealing with the vicious apaches.

As she knew would happen, they found themselves at a table of honor populated by the cream of the culinary critics. Their group was so much the center of attention that Capucine half thought that she was morally required to scarf up every dish put in front of her with orgasmic grins and groans. The menu seemed to be as unchanged as the décor, an endless list of classic Lyonnais dishes, many unknown to Capucine. “What on earth is a tablier de sapeur? It sounds like the last thing you’d want to eat,” Capucine said to Alexandre.

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