The Butter Did It: A Gastronomic Tale of Love and Murder

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Washington's finest French chef, Laurence Levain, is dead, and all of D.C. thinks the culprit was too much foie gras. All, that is, except for Chas Wheatley, the city's most famous restaurant critic. Still carrying a torch for Levain after having had a passionate romance with him 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 into this fiendish crime and soon finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for.

A delicious entry into the increasingly popular culinary mystery genre, The Butter Did It is a fun, fast-paced whodunit by a true insider of the restaurant and newspaper worlds. With numerous menus sprinkled throughout the book, this culinary extravaganza is just the thing for readers hungry for some intrigue with their dinner.

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Here's a mystery guaranteed to make you hungry--for the salmon-filled pasta squares that Chef Laurence Levain sells for $20 a pop at his Washington, D.C. restaurant, for the salad of curly chicory and thick chunks of country bacon that first brings Levain and American food critic Chas (for Charlotte Sue) Wheatley together in Paris, for the warm polenta salad and pan-fried three-meat dumplings served at the CityTastes benefit the night that Levain is found dead of an apparent heart attack and Chas--his lover--has to write his obituary. Washington Post restaurant critic Phyllis Richman certainly knows her food, and her skill at keeping a lively mystery plot simmering is almost as impressive.

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Phyllis Richman is the nationally recognized food writer/restaurant critic for The Washington Post.

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