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The devil's cook by Ellery Queen
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The devil's cook (1966)

by Ellery Queen, Fletcher Flora (Author)

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Not an "Ellery Queen" in the sense of having Queen as a detective, but a secondary series with a more modern (1960s) flavor. A promiscuous young faculty wife vat a California university vanishes leaving a ragout with too many onions on the stove and several neighbors with mixed feelings about her disappearance. Eventually she turns up dead, and Captain Bartholdi, a fairly conventional police detective, investigates, as does a young neighbor woman. ( )
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God may send a man good meate,
but the deuyll may send
an euyll coke to dystrue it.
- Andrew Boorde, Dyetary of Helth (1542)
God sends meat,
but the devil sends cooks.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite conversation (1738)
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Handclasp, which is not defined in the dictionary, connotes friendliness.
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Ghostwritten by Fletcher Flora.
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A killer stalks a college campus, sending the co-eds scurrying Terry Miles goes across the hallway expecting an orgy. When her neighbor opens his door, she finds that the promised erotic party is nothing more than a few brainy academics balancing beers on their bellies and arguing about philosophy. She's disappointed, but not surprised. Nothing ever happens at Handclasp, the most wholesome university in the most commonplace city in the United States. Nothing, that is, but murder. When Miles disappears, Police Captain Bartholdi isn't sure if she was kidnapped, murdered-or both. As the local cops mount a frantic search for the missing beauty, Bartholdi tries to unravel a case that hinges on a husband who doesn't miss his vanished wife, a university full of suspects, and a ragout that's overflowing with onions.… (more)

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