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Review Chef Maurice and A Spot of Truffle by J.A. Lang

Review Chef Maurice and A Spot of Truffle by J.A. LangChef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle (Chef Maurice Mysteries, #1) Published by Purple Panda Press on April 7th 2015
Pages: 240

“They say one should never trust a thin chef. By this measure, Chef Maurice was very trustworthy indeed.”
Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings galore...
It’s autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion.
Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery—he’s missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village.
Soon, Chef Maurice is up to his nose in some seriously rotten business—complete with threatening notes, a pignapping, and an extremely well-catered stake-out.
Can he solve Ollie’s murder before his home-made investigation brings the killer out for second helpings?

Chef Maurice has a missing mushroom order and will get to the bottom of it. His distributor of fungi delicacies has gone missing and soon finds to be dead. The hefty Chef must get to the bottom of it and try to save a truffle or two in the process.

In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a cute read that I would not read again, nor will I continue with the series.

The Pearls – It was a cute concept. The setting of a small town in England was quaint. It had great descriptions that made you feel like you were there.

There was fun information about mushrooms and truffles. I got to learn you can use a pig or a dog to find truffles. Chef Maurice prefers a dog.

There was a fun romance sub-plot that was tasteful.

The Sand – I found the story overall mundane and the character off-putting. I think some fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy it. I did not.

3 pearls.

About J. A. Lang

J.A. Lang is the author of the Chef Maurice Mysteries, set in the fictional Cotswold village of Beakley, conveniently located within driving distance of her home in Oxford, England. She lives with her husband, an excessive number of cookbooks, and a sourdough starter named Bob.

Her favourite authors include Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett.

When not at her writing desk, she enjoys cooking, eating, travelling to places with good food, drinking good wine, and thinking about her next meal. (Please note that any similarities between J.A. Lang and her main character, Chef Maurice, are purely coincidental.)

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