The Grave Gourmet by Alexander Campion
(Kensington, 2010, 320 pages)
The Grave Gourmet by Alexander Campion is the first novel in the Capucine Culinary Mysteries series. The novel begins with the dead body of the President of the automaker Renault, Jean-Louis Delage , being found in the refrigerator of a famous three-star restaurant in Paris. The case is assigned to a young police lieutenant, Capucine Le Tellier. Capucine is married to Alexandre, a restaurant critic who is able to help Capucine with questions about the inner workings of the restaurant business.
I read this book because it was a free download for the Nook. I like reading mysteries especially if they are set in foreign locales. I had never read a mystery involving gourmet food. Unfortunately, I found that the descriptions of the gourmet dishes and cooking preparations made the book a little tedious for me. I didn’t know many of the ingredients and couldn’t appreciate the description of the meals being served.
The Grave Gourmet is the debut novel of Alexander Campion. The Grave Gourmet has a good story line, but the main characters were not as fleshed out as I would have liked. I have read reviews of Campion’s more recent Capucine Culinary Mysteries. The reviewers seem to think that Campion gets better with experience. If you are interested in culinary mysteries give this one a try.