Beat until Stiff by Claire M. Johnson audiobook

Beat until Stiff

By Claire M. Johnson
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Christine Williams

Blackstone Publishing 9781590589687

The Mary Ryan Series: Book 1

6.62 Hours Unabridged
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Pastry chef Mary Ryan has sunk a lot of time and talent into the American Fare, San Francisco’s hottest spot, while grieving over her broken marriage. Then, arriving at work very early one day, she discovers a laundry bag stuffed with the dead body of one of her employees. The ensuing investigation soon exposes all of the dirty secrets that the food industry would like to keep hidden—philandering chefs, illegal aliens, and subsistence-level pay scales. Events begin to spiral and in time take out the restaurant’s celebrity chef and force Mary to use her unique skills to uncover a poisonous scheme.

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Summary

Summary

A Malice Domestic Writer’s Grant Winner, 1999

Pastry chef Mary Ryan has sunk a lot of time and talent into the American Fare, San Francisco’s hottest spot, while grieving over her broken marriage. Then, arriving at work very early one day, she discovers a laundry bag stuffed with the dead body of one of her employees. The ensuing investigation soon exposes all of the dirty secrets that the food industry would like to keep hiddenphilandering chefs, illegal aliens, and subsistence-level pay scales. Events begin to spiral and in time take out the restaurant’s celebrity chef and force Mary to use her unique skills to uncover a poisonous scheme.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Not since Nero Wolfe and Faith Fairchild have mystery and food been yoked together so well as they are now in Claire M. Johnson's Beat until Stiff. An authentic and fast-paced mystery novel.” John McAleer, Edgar-winning author 
“Claire M. Johnson's Beat until Stiff deserves enthusiastic mention as a very special title which offers an unusually frank view of the cooking and restaurant scene in San Francisco. Herself a professional and experienced pastry chef, Claire Johnson presents the reader with a lively style that mixes autobiography with culinary and social insights. Highly recommended!” Midwest Book Review
“Johnson’s delicious debut…mixes an unglamorized, behind-the-scenes view of the upscale restaurant trade with a plot replete with well-timed shocks…The down-to-earth Mary, with her keen sense of humor, casts a sharp eye on the novel’s flashier characters…The restaurant business—its food, financing, and philosophy—is here in all its complexity for discriminating mystery palates.” Publishers Weekly
“Not only is this a treat; I read it through twice to make sure it was as good as I thought.” Courier-Gazette

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Author

Author Bio: Claire M. Johnson

Author Bio: Claire M. Johnson

Claire M. Johnson completed the California Culinary Academy’s program for professional chefs in 1983 and worked as a pastry chef in San Francisco and Oakland for eight years. Her first novel, Beat until Stiff, won the 1999 Malice Domestic Writer’s Grant. She lives in Lafayette, California, with her husband, two children, and numerous animals.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English