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At the start of Campion's delicious third mystery featuring Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier (after 2012's Killer Critique), a newly purchased Louis Vuitton antique trunk delivered to the Paris apartment of Capucine's best friend, Cecile, turns out to contain the naked body of a dead man. A signet ring on the corpse's finger identifies the victim as three-star chef Jean-Louis Brault, whose only enemy is Le Figaro's vituperative food critic, Lucien Folon, who claims Michelin will be taking away one of Brault's stars in their next edition. A shotgun between Brault's legs suggests he could have killed himself. The subsequent death (apparently accidental) of Firmin Roque, a former communist with a connection to the Faience pottery factory in which Brault had an interest, raises the stakes, as Capucine and her two assistants travel about the country in search of answers. Needless to say, they eat and drink well as the case draws to a satisfying conclusion. Agent: Sharon Bowers, the Miller Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Campion's smart, delicious French procedural series returns for a fourth adventure. Commissaire Capucine LeTellier receives a call from a good friend, who has discovered a body in her just-delivered vintage Louis Vuitton trunk. The dead man is three-star-rated Chef Jean-Louis Brault, recently scorned by restaurant critic Lucien Folon. Capucine and her restaurant-critic husband, Alexandre, use their contacts to ferret out clues from the French dining and wine world. When the body of a famous politician turns up next, with ties to the Brault case, Capucine is discouraged from snooping further, but she and her colleagues pursue several lines of inquiry quietly, looking into the chef's bankrupt hotel, a mysterious childhood incident, his unusual collecting habits, and his girlfriend, among others. The dialogue and food references will entertain readers, while the many plotlines will keep them turning pages. This is another skillfully constructed mystery from the talented Campion. Fans of Katherine Hall Page will enjoy this one.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Francophiles love this series for its Parisian setting and police detective Capucine's culinary cases. Check out her fourth case (after Killer Critique), which involves death by shotgun and a sneaky cover-up. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.