Better Than Sex: A Mystery Featuring Anneke Haagen

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Anneke Haagen was beginning to feel that maybe her marriage to Police Lieutenant Karl Genesko would never take place, but they were finally able to tie the knot in The Wedding Game (SMP 2000) and are now in San Francisco enjoying their honeymoon.

The trip starts out well-they get in a little sight seeing and even catch a 49ers game, which Karl, a former football player, loves. Then they receive an invitation from Richard Killian, Anneke's friend, to come and watch the University of Michigan game at his sportsbar, Maize and Blue, on Saturday. Anneke gladly accepts the invitation, because what could be better than watching the game surrounded by Michigan alumni and getting free food?

But when Anneke and Karl arrive, they discover that a number of things would have been better than going to Maize and Blue. As Anneke tries to watch the game, everyone around her keeps talking about food. "Big Nate's. Now that's the kind of barbecue that..." and "They do the best tampoi rice I've ever tasted" seems to be the common thread of conversation. To make matters even worse, a Michigan graduate student, Lindsay Summers, is questioning everyone about what triggers them to overeat, which doesn't make her very popular. But is that reason enough to kill her?

Anneke and Karl soon find themselves dragged into the investigation to help Richard who has become the prime suspect. As they search for answers amid a shish kebab of food activists with a dozen different agendas, Zoe Kaplan, Anneke's friend in Ann Arbor, makes a startling discovery that turns the investigation upside down and almost turns Zoe into another victim.

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SUSAN HOLTZER divides her time between Ann Arbor and the San Francisco area. BETTER THAN SEX is her seventh book in the University of Michigan series.

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Holtzer's Anneke Haagen, a computer consultant from Ann Arbor, returns in her seventh adventure. Anneke is on her honeymoon in San Francisco with new hubby Karl Genesko, ex-Pittsburgh Steeler and now Ann Arbor's chief of police. They make their way to the Maize and Blue Sports Bar, where they plan to enjoy the newest culinary trend--high-fat "Nouvelle Midwest" cuisine--while watching the University of Michigan football game. While all eyes are glued to the game, Lindsay Summers, a Michigan graduate student, drops dead after drinking a glass of unsalted tomato juice. Because the victim was on a crusade to make high-fat food as regulated as tobacco, and everyone sitting at her table had a financial stake in the licensing and sale of Nouvelle Midwest products, there is no lack of suspects with motive and means. Anneke and Karl reluctantly agree to help out the San Francisco police because so many of the suspects have ties back to Ann Arbor. Anneke learns more than she cares to about militant food purists in this lively and humorous tale. Stuart Miller
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