The Food Detective

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When Josie Welford settles in an idyllic West Country village she honestly believes she can bury her past. She becomes the owner of the local pub, and becomes a thriving and welcome member of the community. That is until Inspector Nick Thomas, the man who put her husband in jail appears on the scene. But Nick has a new agenda and is no longer after Josie. In his new position as inspector for the Food Standards Agency, he convinces Josie to change her local suppliers, a far from popular move in the close-knit community. Almost immediately she finds herself ostracized. When the village vet disappears without a trace, Josie begins to wonder what the village and its erstwhile friendly occupants are the hiding? Reluctantly, she finds herself having to turn to Nick in order to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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Prize-winning short-story writer Judith Cutler is the author of two acclaimed series of crime novels set in Birmingham. The Dying series features amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers, while in her police procedural series Inspector Kate Power lives up to her name. One-time Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association, Judith has taught Creative Writing at Birmingham University, and has run occasional writing courses elsewhere. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Canterbury with husband and crime-writer Edward Marston.

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An unusual view of English life and an appealing heroine with a checkered past lift British author Cutler's latest culinary mystery, though some U.S. readers might wish they had a glossary for the West Country slang. Outsider Josie Welford, the new owner of the White Hart pub in Kings Duncombe ("an ugly hamlet in the back of beyond"), wants to improve the food and generally upgrade the place, but she fears the White Hart "would continue to be the exclusive preserve of old men with weak bladders and foul teeth." Soon after she changes local suppliers, she must contend with a series of peculiar incidents, including missing portaloos, troubles with staff, break-ins, unwanted deliveries and mixed-up telephone messages. With reluctance, the feisty, determined Josie turns for help to the new Food Standards inspector, former Det. Insp. Nick Thomas, who was responsible for putting her late husband in jail. Together they strive to uncover the mystery that lurks at the heart of the close-knit community. Cutler is also the author of the Sophie Rivers series (Dying Fall, etc.) and the Kate Power series (Power Shift, etc.)
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