Murder on the Mediterranean

Murder on the Mediterranean

A Capucine Culinary Mystery

Book - 2014
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Escaping the demands of Paris police work, Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier embarks on a well-deserved Mediterranean cruise. But wherever the renowned inspector goes, murder is sure to be close on the horizon. . .

On the azure waters off the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia, what could be more relaxing and rewarding than traipsing around the Mediterranean enjoying the local culinary delights. Among the invited bon vivants are Capucine, her husband, the celebrated restaurant critic, her special agent cousin Jacques, a famed bar owner, and even her boss. To all appearances, the table is set for an affair to remember.

In the midst of this pleasure cruise, Natalie, the yacht's cook, is lost overboard. A sudden squall is the assumed cause. But once a bullet hole is discovered in her jacket, suspicions quickly shift and the onboard bonhomie suffers accordingly. When a shell casing is uncovered that matches the gun Capucine is authorized to carry, for the first time in her stellar career, the hardworking detective finds herself the prime suspect.

For Capucine, these are clearly not the deep waters she envisioned as part of her holiday. As the motives become murkier, the gifted Commissaire will need to harness all her powers of deduction to get to the bottom of the mystery--before she ends up at the bottom of the sea.

Praise for Alexander Campion and the Capucine Culinary Mysteries

"Francophiles love this series for its Parisian setting and police detective Capucine's culinary cases." -- Library Journal

"Delectable. . ..sure to please the most discriminating palates." -- Publishers Weekly on Killer Critique

"This intelligent series. . .will appeal to a diversity of readers. Devotees of G.M. Malliet and Charles Todd will especially enjoy this different and delicious series." -- Booklist on Killer Critique

"A feast of crime with a soup#65533;on of gourmet delight." -- RT Book Reviews , 4 Stars, on Crime Fraiche

"Full of amusing characters. . ..Readers will want a second helping." -- Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet

"This new series offers a uniquely blended mix of 'hooks' that will appeal to a wide variety of mystery lovers." -- Booklist on he Grave Gourmet

"Features lively dialogue, much discussion of culinary delights, a peek into the French criminal justice system, and a pleasing mystery." -- Library Journal on The Grave Gourmet
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2014
Edition: 1st Kensington hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780758268839
Branch Call Number: M CAM
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,22 cm


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Jun 30, 2015

The latest in the series billed as "Capucine Culinary Mystery". It fails miserably on that description.

"Culinary Mystery" appears to be an euphemism for "food-porn" where characters play a thin story unconvincingly and indulge gratuitously at every excuse. The indulgence in this case is around food. The author's alter ego (rather transparently with last two letters reversed in the name) plays the food-critic husband of Capucine and is tiresomely one-dimensional for the entire book.

It is not even good "food-porn". Just a description of the menu items and ingredients every couple of pages that will appeal to people with a food addiction (or a fetish) than to real foodies. Makes no effort to connect the readers emotionally with either the culinary experience or the characters who remain uninteresting.

It reaches such absurd levels as Capucine, upset that she had been set up to participate in a miscarriage of justice and rudely chided by her boss for protesting it, running to her husband to indulge in Champagne.

On the run with the possibility of being arrested for murder, the couple get the reader to spend more time with a description of almost every meal they have than getting out of their predicament. Moreover, the predicament resolves itself with very little contribution (let alone brilliance) from the protagonist to call it a Capucine mystery.

The author attempts to create some high-level intrigue and twists at the end which is so poorly conceived and described that it is clear that writing a tale of mystery or suspense is not his forte.

Not recommended except for those with a food fetish/addiction but want to rationalize they only read it for the plot.

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