Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?

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The indomitable Chas Wheatley is back, in a tale of restaurants, rivalry, and murder most-hoped-for.

Ringo Laurenge is the new hire at the Washington Examiner, an ambitious young reporter with the looks and the brains to become a star. The trouble is, a few staffers at the Examiner would characterize him as an arrogant and sadistic back-stabbing blowhard who deserves to die. And Chas Wheatley is obsessively, shamefully among them. Her worries over Ringo have even begun to cut into her love life. Not only does this guy steal other reporters' stories, he also has a fascination with power, and is determined to destroy a restaurant that has become the focus of Chas's latest research.

While Ringo runs rampant at the Examiner, plots to crush Chas's friends, and cooks up ways to horn in on her territory, the question becomes not whether he will be taken out, but when and who will finally be driven to do it? For Ringo has made more than one enemy since arriving in town, and in a case like this, Chas isn't even sure she wants to find out which one of them has finally had enough.

For mystery lovers and foodies alike, Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham? is a deliciously wicked whodunit with all the right ingredients, served up by the restaurant and newspaper worlds' consummate insider, Phyllis Richman.

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Phyllis Richman has been the Washington Post food critic for more than twenty-two years. She's the author of the Agatha-nominated Washington bestselling dining books including The Washington Post Dining Guide. She been an award-winning syndicated columnist and food editor and serves on the executive committees of the James Beard Restaurant awards and the Julia Child awards. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Count on entering a realm of intrigue and murder in the third of Phyllis Richman's chronicles of "Chas. Wheatley." Exquisite cuisine is the perfect backdrop for the superb plot. Wheatley, a renowned food critic for the WASHINGTON EXAMINER, becomes obsessed with his nemesis, co-worker Ringo Laurenge. Susan O'Malley shows her singular talent by lending seriousness and breadth to Wheatley's character, complete with deft "stage whispers" throughout the narration. Phyllis Richman deserves thumbs up for her serving of an excellent whodunit. M.F.D. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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