A Healthy Place to Die

The Gourmet Detective Mysteries

Book 5
Open Road Media
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While relaxing at a Swiss health spa, the detective finds the treatment can be deadly
The gourmet detective realizes that the Alpine Springs health resort is not a typical spa somewhere in the middle of his first cocktail. Where other retreats promote abstinence, exercise, and bland food, this quiet little Swiss chalet preaches indulgence. Guests are allowed to eat, drink, and smoke as much as they want, and exercise is strictly optional. For this epicure, it is paradise—and it may also be his doom. He has come from London to speak about fine dining, but while here he fully intends on enjoying himself. One night he arranges a tryst with a fellow expert, a beautiful young woman named Kathleen Evans. They are deep in the woods, about to begin enjoying themselves, when something knocks the detective out cold. When he comes to, Kathleen has vanished, and the detective begins to suspect that life in the Alps is not as healthful as it appears.
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Peter King (b. 1922) is an English author of mystery fiction, a Cordon Bleu–trained chef, and a retired metallurgist. He has operated a tungsten mine, overseen the establishment of South America’s first steel processing plant, and prospected for minerals around the globe. His work carried him from continent to continent before he finally settled in Florida, where he led the design team for the rocket engines that carried the Apollo astronauts to the moon. In his spare time, King wrote one-act plays and short mystery stories. When he retired, in 1991, he wrote his first novel, The Gourmet Detective, a cozy mystery about a chef turned sleuth who solves mysteries in the kitchen. King followed it with seven more books starring the character, including Dying on the Vine (1998) and Roux the Day (2002). In 2001 he published Jewel of the North, the first of three historical mysteries starring Jack London. King lives in Sarasota, Florida. 
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Sep 25, 2012
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Pages
230
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ISBN
9781453277270
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
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Four delicious mysteries in the acclaimed series by a Cordon Bleu chef who “serves up nuggets of culinary trivia and wry food humor” (People).
 
They call him the gourmet detective. From his home in London to the culinary capitals of Europe and beyond, he is known for his sharp mind and even sharper palate. When chefs need a rare ingredient or a new idea to gain that extra Michelin-star boost, they come to him. And when cases turn deadly, he has a most exquisite way of catching killers.
 
The Gourmet Detective: Hired to uncover a renowned secret recipe, the gourmet detective infiltrates the most exclusive culinary circle in London. But the job takes a bitter turn when a chef is poisoned in this “fabulous, four-star feast” of a debut (Michael Klauber, restaurateur).
 
“Read King because you like a nicely structured mystery. Read him because you love gourmet food. Either way, savor the feast he has prepared.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune
 
Spiced to Death: When a legendary spice is found in New York, the gourmet detective is there to authenticate the priceless supply. And when it vanishes, he dives into New York’s culinary underworld to sniff out a murderer of exceptional taste.
 
“Like a sumptuous meal served with an opulent wine, you simply won’t want this book to end.” —Michael Klauber, restaurateur
 
Dying on the Vine: Hired by a major French winery to investigate the shady owner of a neighboring vineyard, the gourmet detective barely arrives in Provence before discovering the rivalry has risen to murder in a mystery that “sits just right on the palate” (Booknews).
 
“King spins another light mystery treat.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Death Al Dante: A famous actor-turned-restaurateur sends the gourmet detective to Italy on a chef hunt, but the plush assignment turns prickly when he realizes that someone is out to make his next opulent, all-expenses-paid meal his last.
 
“Fast fun, delightful characters.” —Library Journal
The final four mysteries from a Cordon Bleu chef, featuring an “appealing detective [who] serves up nuggets of culinary trivia and wry foodie humor” (People).
 
They call him the gourmet detective. From his home in London to the culinary capitals of Europe and beyond, he is known for his sharp mind and even sharper palate. When chefs need a rare ingredient or a new idea to gain that extra Michelin-star boost, they come to him. And when cases turn deadly, he has a most exquisite way of catching killers. “The Gourmet Detective is . . . a delight. [The series] provides terrific writing, characters that come to life on the page, and wonderful information on gourmet cooking and the food industry” (Stuart M. Kaminsky, Edgar Award–winning author).
 
A Healthy Place to Die: While relaxing at the Swiss Alpine Springs spa, the gourmet detective gets knocked out cold and loses his date. As he searches for the vanished woman, he soon discovers this is one resort that is not good for his health.
 
Eat, Drink and Be Buried: At a medieval fair, the gourmet detective is hired to oversee a historically accurate menu for the banquets. But when a knight falls to the ground after a joust, poisoned, the famous food-finder must find a killer—and prove chivalry is not dead.
 
Roux the Day: When a Big Easy bookseller who claimed to have the priceless missing cookbook of the legendary Louisiana Belvedere family restaurant turns up dead, the gourmet detective leads the chase through New Orleans for the stolen recipes and a killer thief.
 
Dine and Die on the Danube Express: Some of the most glamorous figures in the world have booked passage on the twenty-fifth anniversary trip of the transcontinental Danube Express, and riding among them is the gourmet detective. But when a Hungarian actress disappears, it’s the beginning of a first-class mystery.
Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.

She never saw Mercy again.

Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.

So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she's abruptly called off the case.

If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it...
"Love it!" --Lisa Gardner"Atlee Pine is unforgettable." --James Patterson
"David Baldacci's best yet." --Lisa Scottoline
"Heart-poundingly suspenseful." --Scott Turow
"A stunning debut." --Douglas Preston
"A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies." --Steve Berry
"Baldacci is at the top of his game." --Kathy Reichs
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