Mystery Lou Jane Temple The Spice Box

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The Spice Box

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Bridget Heaney is a young Irish girl trying to find her way, like so many others in 1860s New York. Her first break is working in the kitchen for one of New York's most prominent men--Isaac Gold. There, hidden high on a shelf, Bridget finds an old wooden spice box, carved with scenes and filled with recipes--with different handwriting and in different languages: the legacy of generations of cooks, handed down through the years.

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Lou Jane Temple is a caterer in Kansas City, Missouri. A guest chef at the Culinary Institute of America and the James Beard Foundation, she has also been a restaurateur and a food and wine critic. She is the author of the culinary mystery series featuring caterer Heaven Lee.

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Set in New York City during the Civil War, this new series features Bridget Heaney, an orphaned Irish lass who has learned to cook well enough to be hired to work in the kitchen of a prosperous Jewish merchant. On her very first day of work, Bridget discovers the body of her employer's son. None of the characters has much depth, but they are all recognizable: Bridget's fragile sister; the kindly employer; the wronged kitchen maid (Bridget's predecessor); the French chef; the free man of color who is the house steward; and, of course, the butler. The point of view changes sometimes midparagraph, the characters have the sensibilities and speak in the language of the twenty-first rather than the nineteenth century, the food preparation is described with more care and gusto than anything else, and both the crime and the resolution strain credulity. With all that, however, the novel is thoroughly readable, if one is willing to give in to the comforts of formula. Hard to put down, like a bowl of pudding. GraceAnne DeCandido
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