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Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle (Chef Maurice Cotswold Mysteries Book 1) by [Lang, J.A.]
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Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle (Chef Maurice Cotswold Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Chef Maurice Culinary Mysteries (3 Book Series)
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About the Author

J.A. Lang is a British mystery author. She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, an excessive number of cookbooks, and a sourdough starter named Bob. To keep up to date with new releases, please hop over to http://www.jalang.net/ to sign up for the reader newsletter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Purple Panda Press (7 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TOO2QW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,913 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have a confession to make - I found myself binging on this book, as it did get quite addictive!

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.
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Format: Paperback
This is what I would call a cosy murder mystery with an entertaining and memorable main character. It is witty, light and perfect if you are looking for a comfortable read. Crime and murder mysteries are often bogged down with gore, uncomfortable reality and taboo breaking topics. That in itself isn't bad, but there is something to be said for the Christie type of story. The kind of story you read and enjoy without having to enter into the darkest folds of mankind.
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.
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J'adore chef Maurice ! Our eponymous hero is the chef/owner of le Cochon Rouge, a restaurant in a small Cotswold town. His forager supplier of mushrooms fails to turn up so Maurice goes to find the miscreant and the missing produce. What he finds is an empty cottage and a bag of wonderful truffles. Foiled in his attempt to 'liberate' the gourmet treats by an irate battleaxe our intrepid chef continues the hunt. Add in the dead body of the missing forager, a brilliant portrayal of a truffle loving miniature pig called Hamilton, a female PC, and a lovesick shy sous chef and you have the cast of this wonderfully gently ironic cozy mystery. The plus to this cast of characters is Arthue, Maurice's very English co-sleuth. The asides from Arthur, a waspish wine critic, about his never seen wife Meryl, give a wonderful portayal of both characters.
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. !
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Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle is a cozy mystery novella.

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.
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A lovely British cozy mystery in the Cotswolds that was truly a pleasure to read. Author J.A. Lang brought to life Chef Maurice in a way that kept me grinning, sometimes out right laughing, and all of the time glued to the next page. A cast of characters that keep the story running in such fun directions, and the pig....oh the pig....I am in love. Great story, pacing quite nicely played out and I cannot wait for the next in this fun mystery series. As a Texan, I find reading a British mystery is a delightful way to spend a Sunday. Highly recommended.

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.
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