A Healthy Place to Die (Gourmet Detective Mysteries)

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Standing in for an ailing colleague, the Gourmet Detective attends a cooking conference at a luxurious Swiss spa famous for pampering the overindulged with healthful haute cuisine. Under the eye of the crusty chef-owner and his dishy staff, the Gourmet Detective prepares for the week ahead by sampling delicacies ranging from decadent cherry-schnapps-laced Zuger Kirschtorte, to mousseline de poisson. Then it's time to relax in the underground mudbaths, swim in the natural springs, and meet an attractive food writer for a rendezvous in the Seaweed Forest. But the Gourmet Detective's first spa experience may be his last, as he's knocked out cold and his delectable date disappears without a trace. Soon it seems that someone has whipped up the perfect recipe for murder--and the banquet has just begun...

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PETER KING is a full-time writer who lives in Florida. A HEALTHY PLACE TO DIE is his fifth Gourmet Detective mystery.

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An intriguing element of the Gourmet Detective series (Spiced to Death, etc.) is the identity of the otherwise nameless sleuth. In this fifth feast of a food mystery, he agrees to fill in for his colleague, Carver Armitage, at the sumptuous Swiss Alpine Springs Spa, where he will demonstrate the preparation of a variety of exotic dishes, including duck, lobster and cheesecake. The night of his arrival, however, a planned tryst with a food columnist, Kathleen Evans, goes awry. Just as he's about to embrace her naked body, someone knocks him out. When he revives, Kathleen is gone. Things begin to look even more suspicious when the detective is almost simmered in a mud bath. Has he been mistaken for Armitage, or is someone out for the detective's hide? His own sous-detective may have arrived in the form of Elaine Dunbar, a young attorney collecting information on the use of food in crime. When the Gourmet Detective arranges a rendezvous with Elaine, he again loses consciousness and once more the woman is later not to be found. These disappearances, combined with the secrecy surrounding Elaine and the spa kitchens, indicate that all may not be so healthy at the spa. Action and suspense are ingredients used sparingly by King, but he positively stuffs the book with useful tips on food and cookery techniques. While the author provides no specific recipes, thought for food and food for thought are abundant. (June)
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