As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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'Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle' by J. A. Lang
by Purple Panda Press. 7 April 2015. ISBN 978-1-910679-02-9
Chef Maurice is an endearing
character with an insatiable appetite for good food. He has a French
restaurant - Le Cochon Rouge - in the village of Beakley in the Cotswolds and
he enjoys sourcing the very best ingredients for his cooking. He,
therefore, pursues Ollie, the errant local supplier of mushrooms when the
forager fails to deliver the fungi to the restaurant. A comic process of
varying visitors to the gentleman's cottage leads Chef Maurice to find truffles
amongst the supplies in the cottage.
of the opportunity to remove the truffles, Chef Maurice decides to find a dog
from the local dogs home, The Helping Paws Pet Sanctuary, to train as a truffle
hunter; he finds instead among the Miscellaneous Mammals, Hamilton, a
micro-pig who seems ideally suited to the role. In fact the chef soon
grows very fond of his acquisition. In the pursuit of training the pig,
Hamilton, to find truffles in the woods Chef Maurice finds the dead body of the
events transpire to complicate matters including a pignapping but finally, in
true Poirot fashion, Chef Maurice discovers the murderer and kidnapper.
is the first book of a series - there are already two more
adventures about the insouciant Chef Maurice in print.
J.A. Lang is the author of the Chef Maurice Mysteries, set in
the fictional Cotswold village of Beakley, conveniently located within driving
distance of her home in Oxford, England. She lives with her husband, an
excessive number of cookbooks, and a sourdough starter named Bob.When not at
her writing desk, she enjoys cooking, eating, travelling to places with good
food, drinking good wine, and thinking about her next meal. (Please note that
any similarities between J.A. Lang and her main character, Chef Maurice, are
Jennifer Palmer Throughout
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but
occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.