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Synopsis: "Barnes builds her plot like a fine pastry, layer by layer." Chicago Sun-Times
A Michael Spraggue mystery.
When the great chefs of New Orleans stage an elegant banquet, tempers burn hotter than cayenne pepper. Up-and-coming Cajun chef Joseph Fontenot is found with a slender French cooking knife through his heart, and all the evidence points to Dora Levoyer, sublime cook to Boston's wealthhy and eccentric Mary Spraggue Hillman.
A guest at the banquet, Mary summons her nephew Michael Spraggue, actor-cum-private detective, to the scene. And soon Spraggue is investigating a murder case that will leave his mouth burning and his mind spinning. One thing is certain: the solution to the murder will make for a spicy mystery indeed!
From Publishers Weekly:
Elderly, wealthy and game, Mary Hillman catches the next plane from Boston to New Orleans when her long-time cook, Dora, vacationing there, calls to ask for help. Dora has been accused of stabbing to death her former husband while both attended a banquet for the great chefs of New Orleans. Mary enlists the aid of her nephew Michael Spraggue, an actor and private eye, license expired. Tracing the victim's life back to his multi-aliased early days, Michael visits a hoodoo practitioner, gets bounced from a sleazy bar, treks thrugh a cemetery, and unearths a few of Dora's deepest secrets, finally saving her life. He also has occasion to use his acting skills in apt and interesting fashion. Barnes's tone in her fourth Spraggue mystery (Dead Heat and Bitter Finish is as sprightly and engaging as ever, especially in relating a romance between aunt Mary and detective sergeant Rawlins. February 14
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Title: Cities of the Dead
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Crest, 1991. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very Good condition with no significant faults. Clearly used but very few minor defects. Will look good on your book case after reading but may not be suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002402958
Book Description Fawcett, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. 3rd THUS. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP95916029
Book Description Fawcett, 1987. Book Condition: Fair. 3rd THUS. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP95991569
Book Description Fawcett, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. 3rd THUS. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96352482
Book Description Fawcett. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2719697879
Book Description Fawcett, 1987. Book Condition: Good. 3rd THUS. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP89526721
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. This copy shows very minor wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0449211886I4N10
Book Description Fawcett Crest, 1991, 1991. paperback, edges browning, text clean and sound, no inscriptions, spine creased, Good condition. ISBN: 0449211886. Bookseller Inventory # 920577
Book Description Fawcett, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Like New. Shows very light use. Bookseller Inventory # 161010034
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