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Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle (Chef Maurice Cotswold Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Imagine a career Hercule Poirot would excel at if he wasn't a detective? In A Spot of Truffle he appears to be reincarnated as Chef Maurice - the rotund French connoisseur of the finest ingredients and dishes to the whole of Bleakey!
This quirky Chef has certainly found his niche owning a restaurant in this culinary conundrum / cum murder mystery. Even his friend and restaurant critic, Arthur Wordington-Smythe, resembles Poirot's old side-kick Captain Arthur Hastings. In fact, I was half expecting Margaret Rutherford to pop up!
As the residents could have stepped straight off a Midsomer Murders set, the only love interest waivers between an elderly fungi expert (that's with her mushrooms, not fun guys) and the straight-laced PC Lucy, who Chef Maurice's shy Sous-Chef admires from a distance. While our young PC is preoccupied with the shocking and unexpected notion of any romantic attention, the restaurateur gives the authorities a run for their money by stirring up the investigation by adding a few of his own ingredients to the mix. It doesn't always have the same success as he does with his food.
There are menaces and puzzles to get to the bottom of, expensive produce to hunt in the woods, a series of odd break-ins, and when tragedy strikes local forager 'jack-the-lad' Ollie, who has mysteriously disappeared, will anyone in the village ever locate the poor chap?! The icing on the cake could only be provided by introducing a micro-pig into the equation (GO, MICRO PIGGY!).
Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle is a wonderful, farcical investigation.Read more ›
As I mentioned before, Lang has created an amusing main character.Chef Maurice is the type of person, who is funny without even realising it. Very charming and completely eccentric. I mean, who keeps cheese and crackers in the glove compartment in case they get peckish? Then again, he is French.
Chef Maurice is joined by his sensible sidekick Arthur, and Harrison the four-legged furless culinary expert. Together they are a fearless trio of crime solving sleuths. Well, perhaps more lucky and accidental than actually deductive, but that is actually the charm of this series.
If you are looking for a spot of humour with your portion of crime, and a cosy entertaining read, then this will be right up your alley.
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author.
I can see Chef Maurice, looking like the Ustinov incorrect film portrayal of Hercule Poirot, and Arthur played by the delightful Moray Watson.
This book is a little treasure. Buy it, read it, enjoy the world of Chef Maurice.
I have already started to read bk 2 in what I hope will be a long-running series. Bravo Chef Maurice. !
Chef Maurice very much reminded me of Hercule Poirot as they both have the French accent, moustache and similar sayings. So if you imagine Hercule Poirot as a chef then you won't be to far off the mark.
The whole story felt very much like a take on Agatha Christies books as it is very similar with getting everyone in the same room at the end to reveal who the culprit is. I didn't mind that though as I do enjoy a good 'who dunnit' murder mystery.
If you are looking for something light hearted and quick and easy to read, this novella is the ideal book.
I received this book as a gift and I am giving a fair and honest review. I honestly recommend it to those who love cozy mysteries, especially British ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't get on very well with this book. Not sure if it was the French chef or the pig, but it was not for me. Gave up a third of the way throughPublished 1 day ago by Gilli
Haven't finished the book yet but it building up nicely to a good read. Learning a lot about truffles.Published 4 months ago by irene
ok for a cozy mystery decent storyline and all the better for being freePublished 4 months ago by The Gardener
Downloaded it due to the price (free) and although there was nothing much to dislike about this gentle mystery there is nothing which would entice me to parting with 2. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S.C.
This book would delight any fans of Midsommer Murders and the likes.
A funny, cleverly written romp through the Cotswolds.
A new author for me. A great read with little twists to the story and lots of humour. Good value, easy ordering and delivered to my kindle within minutesPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Different type of detective story. Chef Maurice is an idiosyncratic and loveable character, a typical literary Frenchman, quite unlikely but fun.Published 6 months ago by SMITH
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