Crime Fraiche (Capucine Culinary Mysteries)

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Très chic Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier sets off on a hunting holiday that proves deadly for more than just the pheasants. . .

Before Capucine and her husband, distinguished food critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a fatal hunting accident has upset their idyllic destination. What's meant to be a peaceful bon voyage to the countryside--rustic picnics, dinners en plein air, and of course, a sip or two of Calvados--quickly sours as more "accidents" befall the guests. But the local gendarmerie lack the investigative finesse to draw any conclusions, let alone suspects, forcing Capucine to puzzle out the crimes herself. And when the bodies lead to a celebrated cattle ranch, the stakes rise beyond small-town grudges to the struggle surrounding France's most beloved gastronomic traditions.

"[A] countryside romp." --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Alexander Campion's Crime Fraiche and The Grave Gourmet

"This new series offers a uniquely blended mix of ‘hooks' that will appeal to a wide variety of mystery lovers." --Booklist

"A feast of crime with a soupçon of gourmet delight." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Crime Fraiche

"Full of amusing characters. . . Readers will want a second helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet

"An astonishing debut that raises the bar on today's detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet

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Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Paris, French detective Capucine LeTellier and her portly food critic husband, Alexandre, visit Capucine's family's manor home in Normandy. Arriving at the height of the pheasant hunting season, idyllic picnic lunches and mushrooming trips in the forest are interrupted by a series of hunting accidents that claim the lives of several employees from the local cattle ranch, famed for its exquisite beef. Suspecting foul play, Capucine delves into local affairs only to find her investigation stymied by the local police force. And as the case unravels, Capucine and Alexandre uncover romantic intrigues gone awry and dangerous, deadly resentments...

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