Vacationing Detective Angel Cardoni, stranded in a snowstorm, knocks on the door of a country inn, not yet open for the ski season. Ms. Olive Souffle the inn's French chef, welcomes the detective with a bowl of steaming pea soup and the offer of a room for the night. Only hours later, she is dead on the gritty floor of the inn's walk-in freezer. Who flattened Souffle? Was it the lodge manager, Warren Peace? Employees Patty Melt, Norm L. Heights, Barry Sherbert, or Caesar Salade? This fast-paced murder mystery is full of clues, humor, and applied scientific principles that will keep young readers guessing-thinking-and varaciously reading, until the very last page. Who Killed Olive Souffle? is one of a four-book mystery/science series, a project for which Margaret Benoit has been awarded an American Society grant for creative writing, The series was also nominated for the Chemical Manufacturers' Catalyst Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.
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Cook up a crime-stopping recipe with hardboiled Detective Angel Cardoni! Stranded in a snowstorm, Detective Angel Cardoni finds shelter in a country inn and restaurant, not yet open for the ski season. Cardoni and her dog Miro are just settling in when a scream pierces the air-and Olive Souffle, the inn's French chef, is found dead on the gritty floor of the walk-in freezer. Who flattened Souffle? Was it Walter, the lodge manager? Employees Patty Bordeaux, Norm Adams, Sam Burnie? Or Caesar, the commanding sous-chef? You, the reader, and Detective Cardoni must set to work finding out whodunit, with the only forensic tools available: the inn's kitchen supplies!From Kirkus Reviews:
As this entry in the Crime Files series opens, homicide detective Angel Cardoni (who seems to be in her mid-20s) is driving through a blizzard with her faithful dog, Miro. She swerves to avoid a deer in the road and ends up with her car nearly buried in a huge snowbank. Luckily, a nearby country inn is two days from opening for ski season, and Angel and Miro take refuge there at the invitation of the inn's award-winning French chef, Olive Souffl‚. Angel's exhausted sleep is interrupted by the sound of screams; an employee and a delivery man have just found Olive's body on the floor of a walk-in freezer, surrounded by heads of cabbage. Although there's a dearth of evidence--no murder weapon, little blood, no hint of a struggle--and the medical examiner can't get there until the roads have been cleared, Angel resolves to find the killer. She does, in spite of numerous red herrings thrown in her path, and with enough brio to satisfy readers who figure out the mystery first; as Angel pursues her investigation with an ad hoc laboratory made up entirely of kitchen equipment, a variety of simple science lessons become clear. Despite the ages of the players (all adults, some middle-aged) and simplistic plotting, there is plenty to involve readers who like their mysteries fairly straightforward and refreshingly gore-free. (Fiction. 11-13) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070063109
Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 70063109