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Murder on the Gravy Train by Phyllis Richman

Murder on the Gravy Train (edition 1999)

by Phyllis Richman

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Title:Murder on the Gravy Train
Authors:Phyllis Richman
Info:HarperCollins (1999), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover, 256 pages
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I think this was my favorite of the three books in this series. The story was excellent and the character development interesting. The writer introduces new characters without losing the old ones. I loved the way the plot unfolded and the ultimate result. The murders' solution ends up revealing a much more interesting, IMHO, part of the plot. ( )
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Add to the burgeoning cohort of culinary-themed mysteries Phyllis Richman's Murder on the Gravy Train, which provides a second outing for her restaurant reviewer-sleuth, Chas (née Charlotte Sue) Wheatley.

Richman, the restaurant reviewer for The Washington Post, is ideally suited to supply a vivid glimpse of the terrain where big-city culinary and newspaper worlds intersect, and offers a tempting brew of the pleasures and politics of both. Added to the mix is a tale of blackmail, extortion, spying, corruption, and (let's not forget) murder--several times over.

When the chef at one of Washington's most popular new restaurants disappears, Wheatley's curiosity is piqued. No one is forthcoming about his whereabouts, and, almost worse, the restaurant's food, minus the chef, is terribly off. Wheatley takes it upon herself to track down the chef and discovers a widening pool of foul play. In her search, we learn about the illicit side of the restaurant business (readers will think twice about ordering bottled water when they dine out next), and the often-nasty machinations of newsroom life (spying and story thievery). We are also exposed to the bureaucratic yet gruesome grind of a typical homicide department (decayed bodies without ID, for example).

Richman's narrative reads like a semi-autobiographical roman à clef: culinary insiders, real and would-be, will delight in her up-front-and-personal food-world asides. In fact, anyone who enjoys food and foul play--a heady combination--should relish this tale of both, nicely spun out by an author of appetite and imagination. --Arthur Boehm

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Restaurant critic Chas Wheatley of Washington investigates the murder of a waiter who promised to spill the beans on credit-card scams and price-gouging in his establishment. An expos on the food industry.

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