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?
This first book in the Chef Maurice Culinary mystery series is pure, escapist fun, and I loved every minute of it!
Set in the picturesque Cotswolds, Chef Maurice is lamenting the disappearance of his mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows. He finally decides to take matters into his own hands and pay a visit to Ollie's house, where he plans to help himself to his share of the mushrooms (and pay Ollie when he finally turns up, of course.) What he finds is a ransacked house and a bag of valuable white truffles. (Not of the chocolate or feline variety.) He thinks the truffles were grown locally, so with the help of his food critic friend Arthur, and his newly-adopted truffle-sniffing pig Hamilton, they head into the woods to hunt for the elusive mushrooms. What they find is Ollie, dead. Much to the chagrin of the local constabulary, Maurice takes it upon himself to solve the murder, while at the same time taking every chance he gets to get his hands on the tasty truffle evidence.
This book reminds me of the hysterical, madcap adventures of Agatha Raisin, and ends with a reveal right out of an Agatha Christie novel. Just add it to your reading list now...you won't regret it!
She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, an excessive number of cookbooks, and a sourdough starter named Bob.
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