The Gourmet Detective Gourmet Detective Mystery Book 1 (Read) BY Peter King – DOC & Kindle ePUB
Hands On Geospatial Analysis With R And Qgis yE takes up several pages it becomes a bore This occurs consistently throughout the novel and feels a bit too much like name dropping hence the snobbish feeling A sampling of his tastes and brief mentions would have been engaging and kept the story moving forward It s the same for the extended culinary history lessons While it is the primary job of the gourmet detective it s not the primary theme of the book I started glossing over these sections to get to the juicier parts of the murder mysteryIt was hard to engage with the main character the gourmet detective Writing in the first person limited our views of the mystery We could only comprehend what the narrator is thinking and feeling and merely witness his speculation towards other characters not to mention that there were so many characters introduced in this novel that at times I was lost as to who was who None of the characters are developed fully including the gourmet detective It leaves us as merely a cold observer instead of rooting for anyone in particularIfou re not a foodie or familiar with gourmet culinary lingo it may be a struggle for ou to read this book Many terms aren t well defined and culinary abbreviations are thrown around like a ball in a pinball machine The names of dishes are floofy uppity French or Italian Although King does a masterful job at describing the dishes in a succulent luscious voice My mouth watered at times and I longed to be eating along side the charactersThere were a few interesting twists but overall the novel lacked depth and character development It s a shame as there was so much potential for this storyline I can only hope that things improve with other books in this seriesFor reviews visit my website Kat s Book Reviews I enjoyed this book It was a good mystery and even though the wine gourmet food talk went over my head it was interesting So es now I m in another series The Gourmet Detective is the first in a series with the character of the same name A former chef who now is a food detective who spends time tracking down obscure ingredients finding sources for supplies and finding the origins or ingredients in dishes He finds himself in over his head when there is a murder and now maybe he is a real detective A culinary cozy with very detailed food wine and music combinations I enjoyed this a great deal I will say that the book was published in 1996 and some references are representative of that time It has good potential for a series Some of the humor was laugh out loud and I enjoyed the shout outs to a number of my fav mystery writers I recommend planning out a very nice meal or at least some Corto Toujours Un Peu Plus Loin Corto Maltese 4 yummy hors d oeuvres to have on hand whileou read the food descriptions are mouth watering I could have done without the almost constant wardrobe listing for each female our main character bumps into That the female detective was wearing a burgundy linen suite was completely irrelevant
to the plot things like that And I found the appearance critiues for all of the the plot things like that And I found the appearance critiues for all of the characters annoying as well ieshe would have been attractive if she lost weight dressed better wore makeup etc etc Criticism aside it was an interesting premise the plot flowed smoothly There were a nice array of suspects and enjoyable side characters I look forward to reading the follow up Okay I m sure this is a great bookI got boredI honestly got bored of all the foodAll the wineAll the pretentiousness It was like Fraiser Crane Cassells Colloquial Italian yes from Fraiser decided to become a Food Detective Only remember he s not a real detective Even though he scoffed at the PIE club where non detectives were allowed to join and he was wasn t referring to himselfI would have liked it better if there were some recipes at the back which I vaguely remember their being a promise ofWhat pissed me off the most She could be pretty if she changed her hair wore makeup and better clothes EXCUSE ME This was said about literally every single woman other than the two females he was supposed to be attracted to Otherwise every single woman was frizzy and could be pretty It pissed me offHonestly I read this because I enjoyed the tv movies done by Hallmark Holy crap for a change Hallmark got it right because if they had stuck to the original source material I wouldn t continue watching This movies are great I like the main character whom I realize nowou never find out his name in the book And in the movies the real police aren t bimbos like Winnie is in this oneI am familiar with a lot of foodie lingo my Grandmother having been a French chef owned her own restaurant even but man this made me go cross eyed at times And the amount of wine drunk honestly gave me a headache even though I wasn t drinking Good gods it must be expensive to live in the Gourmet Detective s world since he had a new wine with every single course And every meal had to have several coursesIt was very outdated And the character of Michael did of the detective work than the main characterIt was cool seeing London as
the setting living 30 minutes west that is And it amused me to see my setting living 30 minutes west that is And it amused me to see my Sparkling White Mentioned sparkling white mentioned he did try to call it Champagne and did argue whether it should be called that or not Well boyo it s Cava not Champagne nor is it originally from California It s from Catalonia The only part he got right was that Freixenet is a Spanish company So put that in our flute and drink itYeah Not so enjoyable for me C est la vie I doubt I ll continue the series. Guignonne and vats of Madeira sauce Featuring many real recipes and actual cooking techniues this delightful mystery is a charming romp through the kitchens of the finest gourmand. ,
Ime but since we spend all our time listening to the GD drone about his illogical suspicions based on his own prejudices his co ordinated recipe and music choices his drooling over the shapely rear of every single woman he meets or sees we don t get to see the steps involved in the solving of the crime And so it fails as a detective novel and a mystery If I needed recipes I would read a cook book where I wouldn t have to deal with the Gourmet Detective s odious personality One star I received a copy of this book via Netgalley A mystery to really sink our teeth into 35 starsA copy of this novel was provided to me for review via NetgalleyIn the first book of this culinary mystery series we are introduced to the Gourmet Detective a man renowned for tracking down hard to find ingredients for high calibre eateries and answering the most tricky of food uestions This time though he may have bitten off a bit than he can chew after he inadvertently gets pulled into solving the murder of an investigative journalist at a high end dinner party A bit of real sleuthing is called for as he eagerly follows in the footsteps of his hallowed fictional detective heroes working with Scotland Yard in a bid to crack the perplexing case for which there are any number of suspectsWhen I am reading culinary mysteries the first uestion I ask myself is does it make me feel hungry The answer here was an uneuivocal YESI must admit that this book was much better written than I had initially anticipated with some great scene setting particularly that of London and the restaurants themselves and some vivid food descriptions that really made my mouth water It s definitely culinary than cosy with lots of emphasis on food and drink and a few minor swear words though a surprising lack of violence or gore which is why I m finding it a bit hard to categorise it I learned useful details about food and drink too which is always great as it was drip fed to the reader in uite a subtle fashion Personally though I think this book would have perhaps worked better if it hadn t been written in the first person narrative it does tend to get overly bogged down in some of the technical details and as a reader ou only comprehend what the narrator is thinking and feeling and merely witness his speculation towards other characters It does become clunky and repetitive at points especially when he is trying to pair his food choices with music which occurs consistently throughout the novel and just feels a bit TOO much like name dropping I m all for enhancing the eating experience but those aspects did feel long winded and distracting at times That s not to say that I didn t like the narrator of course I did it s just that a third person narrative would have allowed for a much wider scope of information within the plot and far less inadvertent marketing of varieties of wine That aside I did enjoy getting to know the gourmet detective And Following His Journey As following his journey as became a real detective Earlier within the book he
DOES CONCEDE THAT HE IS A PRIVATE PERSON ASconcede that he is a private person as as a private eye and I would welcome reading books in this series to see if that still remains the case as well as seeing if some of the characters in this book make a welcome reappearance in future especially burgeoning romantic interest Winnie I would not hesitate in recommending this book to mystery readers whose tastes tend to favour culinary fiction This is certainly a pleasing addition to the genre In the first book in Peter King s Gourmet Detective Series we are introduced to the Gourmet Detective a chef turned sleuth renowned for tracking down hard to find ingredients for high caliber eateries and answering the most tricky of food uestions Want to locate a rare spice to use in our dish Need to know what kind of wine to serve at an outdoor barbecue wedding Looking for someone to debate the pros and cons of aluminum and cobalt in food Then the Gourmet Detective is our manBut the Gourmet Detective gets than he bargained for when he s invited to sleuth at the cream of the crop prestigious Circle of Careme dinner Unexpectedly a guest drops over dead turning a simple mysterious competition of the restaurants into murder Drawing upon his epicurean and investigative skills the Gourmet Detective hunts the killer among omelettes Bourguignonne and vats of Madeira sauceRepeatedly he tells us that he isn t a real Detective just enthralled by Private Eyes PI of fiction stories Sherlock Holmes Marla Maple and other obscure references He fancies himself a food PI but when he s enlisted by the Scotland Yard detective he realizes it s much difficult to solve a murder than a rare ingredientReading The Gourmet Detective was like a reading the movie Clue albeit with a culinary bent The gourmet detective I don t know his first name is ever truly mentioned comes across as a snobbish fussy sexist ninny who seems like a narrator than a true detective Granted he s supposedly learning to be a real PI and helping Scotland Yard solve the mystery But in the end his final conclusions are wrong and Inspector Hemingway the true Scotland Yard detective of the Food Suad es there is a food suad ultimately solves the crimeThe Gourmet Detective is an easy light read but there are sections that get bogged down by culinary lingo and history especially in the beginning of the book I love that the gourmet detective tries to magically pair food wine and music for his meals but when the discours. Unexpectedly drops dead at the prestigious Circle of Careme dinner Drawing upon his epicurean and investigative skills the Gourmet Detective hunts the killer among omelettes Bour.
Review Á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook × Peter King1753 because I can t stand them butchering my country s cuisine like thisThe meat balls that Michael had referred to were he told me really called Rempah and are a sort of Indonesian hamburger Rempah Spices not meat ballsOnions garlic chillies lemon grass shrimp paste lemon juice sugar and naturally coconut milkFor Indonesian satay OMFG I can t with this blatant culture appropriationalso the racismI think the head waiter was a former war lord Place was full of Eastern promise and that s all they were promises And many and the objectification of womenWe went along a corridor and I followed with pleasure admiring the sway of her shapely rear in the tight black skirt and the twinkling black clad anklesAnd many The whole matching music with food got old after three chapters and there are too many unimportant events such as replying to messages and reviewing restaurants that distracted readers from the actual plotThe plot is decent for a mystery story too bad the writer can t write a story without butchering other culture s food and objectifying women A different kind of cozy mystery for sure This first in the series of the Gourmet Detective finds this unnamed chef turned food detective who s goal is to find sources for difficult food ingredients and to determine recipes from various gourmet restaurants When one of the privileged few attending the infamous Circle of Careme dinner dies twice our detective goes on the hunt for the killer and the poison that can cause this strange manner of deathThis book almost seems like a spoof on foodies and fictional detectives Many exuisite and different meals are described throughout the book And most every detective that I ve ever read about or seen on TV prior to the publication of this book is referred to by the Gourmet Detective Rivalry between chefs food writers and TV cooking personalities is portrayed throughout the book The mystery almost seems to be the venue for these foodie things rather than being the main point of the bookI actually enjoyed most of the food descriptions detective references and the mystery but the story might have been interesting if the mystery had been a bit focused I listened to this on Audible and believe that the somewhat stuffy condescending tone of the reader actually made the book much enjoyable I would give another book in this series a try but definitely only with Audible Okay hmm I ve read the whole series now I m not going to do individual book reviews some of them are better than others but they re all enjoyable uick reads Then again throw gourmet food and wine into anything and I m likely to add some points to it in my mind Bizarrely though given that I gave all the books three stars I don t know that I recommend them Had they been written fifty ears ago I d give them some slack but here are my issues with well all of themThe gourmet detective himself our protagonist is an unlikable twit He s middle aged pretentious white man with delusions of self importance He fancies himself a pretentious white with delusions of self importance He fancies himself a man and of course manages to get one or another into bed trailed off never portrayed just make sure we know it happened wink wink in all or almost all the books He s misogynistic racist and classist He fancies himself a connoisseur of all things food and wine and throws about names and terms most of which the average reader will not have heard of and will probably just move past without much thought The
problem is he s pretty much clueless and the mistakes in hisis he s pretty much clueless and the mistakes in his of various ingredients dishes and bottles of fermented grape juice are legion In short and es I realize I m generalizing and could be accused of bias myself he s the sort of detective that a 70 ear old retired upper middle class British metallurgical engineer who apparently at some point went to the Cordon Bleu cooking school to be trained as a chef though my bet is he just took a few cooking classes for home cooks then again who knows but it seems he did it after retiring at some point in his 70s would reimagine himself to be if he were to become a food detective In short a sort of Walter Mitty alter ego The Gourmet Detective name unknown is a guy who traces elusive and exotic ingredients for gourmet eateries He is also fond of fictional private investigators Philo Vance and Nero Wolfe and the lot and is a proud member of PIE Private Investigators Etc So when he s offered a job to solve mysterious happenings in an exclusive restaurant by its owner he s than happy to accept What he doesn t bargain on is for a big name TV personality on the verge of making an expos that will bring the food industry to its knees to drop dead in one of the dinners the restaurant is hosting From then on the detective works hand in hand with Scotland Yard Food Suad detectives Inspector Hemingway and Sergeant Fletcher to solve the case before the murderer strikes againI love food and I love murder mysteries so I had hoped that this would be a good series for me Going by the first book I can t really say that The murder mystery lacks any suspense I could see the reveal coming from a mile away I can do this for a lot of cozies and it usually doesn t matter because I like the characters That doesn t hold true for this book as I hated the Gourmet Detective He s a pompous character and he exists in this novel not to solve the mystery as the title would suggest but to provide red herrings The real detective in the book is Inspector Hemingway who solves the cr. Meet the Gourmet Detective A chef turned culinary sleuth the Gourmet Detective tracks down obscure ingredients and unravels difficult recipes for rival restaurateurs until a guest.