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BOOK REVIEW

EAT, DRINK, AND BE BURIED by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Comfort food has never seemed more appetizing."
This sixth puzzle takes the Gourmet Detective (A Healthy Place to Die, 2000, etc.) to England's Harlington Castle, which, for the last ten years, has welcomed paying audiences to its reenactments of medieval times, with fairs, potters, glassblowers, weavers, tournaments, and banquets. Read full book review >

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A HEALTHY PLACE TO DIE by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Aimed, like its predecessors (Death Al Dente, 1999, etc.), at those who get turned on browsing cookbooks."
Carver Armitage, hospitalized for an unspecified `male problem,` arranges for his fellow foodie, the Gourmet Detective, to stand in for him at a toney cooking conference at a spa in the Swiss Alps. Read full book review >

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THE GOURMET DETECTIVE by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 17, 1996

"A derivative series idea that falls flat."
The unnamed Gourmet Detective is an ex-chef, whodunit buff, and hopeful hero and narrator of a projected series. Read full book review >

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DINE AND DIE ON THE DANUBE EXPRESS by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2003

"Forget about the mystery, best described as detection lite, and concentrate on your cholesterol level, which will rise just from reading about the butter, cream, flour, crepes, ducks, goose, raspberry sauce, and apricot liqueur."
Expecting merely another sybaritic gustatory experience as he boards the Danube Express for its 25th anniversary chug through eastern Europe, the Gourmet Detective (Roux the Day, 2002, etc.) has barely sampled the first night's seven-course dinner before security chief Karl Kramer needs his help: The most famous passenger, stage star Magda Malescu, is, according to a news flash in the Budapest Times, dead in her compartment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A bit uneven, but fun for those who love the game."
What goes into the ``X's'' and ``O's''—the art and the science—of football? Read full book review >

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DYING ON THE VINE by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 1998

"As in his first two cases (Spiced to Death, 1997, etc.), the highlights here, for better or worse, are a series of lovingly described meals, paired with name-brand vintages or surprisingly good local wines."
Even The Gourmet Detective doubts that he's the best man to find out why the owners of the tiny Peregrine Vineyard has made a series of ever richer cash offers for the surrounding Willesford Vineyard. Read full book review >

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SPICED TO DEATH by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 1997

"The author tries again to sell satire (without humor) and a thoroughly effete character on the strength of pro forma sexual pretenses and glorified gustatory lusts."
The Gourmet Detective's second adventure (The Gourmet Detective, 1996) brings the eponymous muncher/sipper/snooper to New York Harbor from London to identify a shipment of Ko Feng, a spice believed extinct for the past 500 years. Read full book review >

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DEATH AL DENTE by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1999

"Others may feel a compelling urge to head for the nearest McDonald's."
The Gourmet Detective, an ex-chef, so far nameless(Spiced to Death, 1997, etc.), has been hired by famed actor/restaurateur Desmond Lansdowne to take on what appears a delightful mission: to travel to Italy and choose the best chef of the three generally acknowledged as that country's finest. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"Straight-faced propaganda, without a hint of irony, a shade of complexity, or a suggestion of depth: If King is looking for a photo-op with Gerry Adams, he's earned it."
A Republican congressman from New York makes an unfortunate excursion into the politics of Ireland in this debut describing Ulster's Troubles of the early 1980s. Read full book review >

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ROUX THE DAY by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2002

"Less wacky than most Gourmet Detective outings, but readers will find the menu descriptions mouthwatering and crave a sample of shrimp remoulade."
When the coveted cookbook containing five generations of Belvedere family recipes, including the restaurateurs' heralded Oysters Belvedere, comes up for auction, the Gourmet Detective (Eat, Drink, and Be Buried, 2001, etc.) is invited to the Big Easy to authenticate it by a lawyer representing a client he declines to name. Read full book review >

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HANGMAN’S CORNER by Peter King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2008

"King's departure from his Gourmet Detective series (Dine and Die on the Danube Express, 2003, etc.) offers, with a bit more history than mystery, an intriguing look at the life and times of an 1870 London cabbie."
A Hansom cab driver unravels the secrets of a lost Spanish galleon. Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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