Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction

Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction

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A fourteen-year-old crime-solving chef finds mayhem in Mexico in this full-flavored mystery.

Teenage wunderchef--and budding detective--Neil Flamb#65533; heads to Mexico City to take part in the Azteca Cocina, a two-week battle of the chefs. But he's off to an unsettling start: His box of secret ingredients contains a note that says his girlfriend, Isabella, has been kidnapped. He must lose in the final, or else she'll be killed.

Fortunately, Isabella is clever, and the locks of her hair that accompany follow-up ransom notes have been saturated with smells to help him track her down. But even Neil's keen sense of smell can't tackle this case alone. He'll have to delve into Aztec history, symbolism, and the ancient ruins buried under the modern city. And time is ticking....
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for young readers, 2012, c2010
ISBN: 9781442446076
1442446072
Branch Call Number: J SYL
Characteristics: 311 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm

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FindingJane Nov 16, 2014

These books are listed as being for children aged from 8-12, which is odd given that the protagonist is a teenager (he’s 14 but will be 15 soon). However, given that Neil is working in an adult milieu but often acts like a spoiled child (this one has him throwing a kitchen implement through a glass pane in a fit of pique), that may explain it.

But Neil is getting older and maturity is being forced on him whether he likes it or not. He has to deal with his growing attraction for Isabella and his unwilling unstated fondness for his goofball, caffeine-loving cousin Larry.

The mystery is a good one with even more at stake than in the previous novel. It features a race against the clock with Neil trying to find his kidnapped girlfriend and ace a cooking competition that will award him a huge sum of cash, something he desperately needs to keep his restaurant Chez Flambé afloat. That takes him to the colorful world of Mexico, where the reader gets immersed in Mexican cuisine and ancient Aztec culture.

There are a whole new cast of characters, including a new slew of chefs (all of whom survive this time). Neil is ably accompanied by his friends and associates Nakamura and Larry supply the jokes, Isabella displays brains and calmness under fire and his Zen-like mentor Angel is the steadying anchor when Neil seems about to lose it.

This series is fun and—dare I say it?—educational, in a way that inspires curiosity about various fields of study instead of dampening it. They may be graded for children but these books play at the adult level.

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ziggyzhamilton
Feb 06, 2014

want to read it but dont have the book

samdog123 Nov 09, 2012

Neil Flambe, boy chef, (also known as "the nose") is on the case again. This time he and Larry head down to Mexico for a big cooking contest. When threats start to come and Isabella is kidnapped, Neil becomes involved in a big Aztec conspiracy. As usual, Neil, Larry, Anger and Inspector Sean Nakamura are on the case. A good continuation from the first book, The Marco Polo Murders.

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Nayr_Mossem
Jul 15, 2012

really cool and exciting

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ibeanzzz
Jun 10, 2012

AWESOME BOOK!!!!! loved it :-)

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channy101
May 26, 2012

I really liked this book it suit my style of reading.I want to read the second book of neils' books because I love his book hope to read it soon:) lol
love his books and I mean it!!!
lol hope you do to:-)

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tulipprincess
May 24, 2012

THIS BOOK IS JUST AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
it should've won....
TOO BAD THE UNDERGROUNDERS WON!!!!!

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BonifaceStudent
May 01, 2012

I didn't like this book. If I had to rate it from 1-10, I would probally give it a 2. The reason why I didn't like this book is because I didn't find it EXCITING or INTERESTING!!!! Those are things people would look for in books. I think it was boring but people might have different opinions. Read this book if you want to be bored out and want to die!

meks Apr 21, 2012

This is a really good book! Kevin Sylvester came to our school, he is sooooooooooooooo funny!!! it is full of suspense, mystery, and adventure. A must-read!

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bubblefech215
Apr 17, 2012

I think this book was very cool. It had quite a couple unexpected twists and turns, but that book was AWSOME!!!
totally recamended for readers that love to look for a chalange and adventure in reading

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Nayr_Mossem
Jul 15, 2012

Nayr_Mossem thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

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Mar 28, 2012

zoeselenagomez thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

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Jojo26
Mar 12, 2012

Hapiness does not come through "wants", but through the sheer joy of doing something you love and enjoy.

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Jan 28, 2012

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