A syndicated food critic and author of "The Butler Did It" dishes out another culinary mystery. Food writer Chas Wheatley investigates the mysterious disappearance of the head chef of Washington's most popular new restaurant. When bodies start surfacing around the capital, Chas sinks deep into the underbelly of the culinary business to solve the ...Read MoreA syndicated food critic and author of "The Butler Did It" dishes out another culinary mystery. Food writer Chas Wheatley investigates the mysterious disappearance of the head chef of Washington's most popular new restaurant. When bodies start surfacing around the capital, Chas sinks deep into the underbelly of the culinary business to solve the murders.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-07-05 Washington, D.C., restaurant reviewer Chas Wheatley (The Butter Did It) returns in this eye-opening exposť of price-gouging in the dining industry. After a disastrous blind date with a waiter who hints that he knows secrets about restaurant corruption, Chas's luck turns when her editor offers her a syndicated food column. Inspired by her date, she plans her inaugural piece as an investigation of the nefarious practices some restaurants use to bilk their customers. What she uncovers will make readers who regularly dine out more cautious: the scams range from well-publicized credit card ploys to little-known pressure tactics taught to waiters during special classes. As she goes about collecting information, Chas hears that a chef whose dishes she admires has been fired for beating up a female co-worker. Soon afterward, the woman's body is found in the Tidal Basin, and Chas's friend, homicide detective Homer Jones, takes up the case, arresting the chef for murder. Chas isn't convinced he's guilty, however, especially when she realizes that the morgue also holds the body of her blind date?the waiter had been strangled and left without ID. Despite the distractions of her brief romance with a younger man and her dinners with Homer and his girlfriend, Chas finds time to sleuth to a successful conclusion. Blending mouth-watering descriptions of foods galore, subtle clues and a serious look at the responsibilities of restaurants, Richman whips up a frothy confection that, despite a bit of stiff writing here and there, should satiate most connoisseurs of food-oriented crime. Agent, Bob Barnett. Author tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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