The Butter Did It: A Gastronomic Tale of Love and Murder

By Phyllis Richman
Read by Susan O’Malley

The Chas Wheatley Series: Book 1

9.15 Hours 03/01/1998 unabridged
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In her eagerly awaited fiction debut, the Washington Post's best-loved, award-winning food writer, Phyllis Richman, has cooked up a tempting tale of mousse, mayhem, and murder: a tautly woven insider's look at the food and newspaper worlds. Laurence Levain was a culinary superstar, and the high-profile owner and chef of Chez Laurence, an internationally renowned restaurant in Washington, DC. When Levain collapses in his clogs the night before a star-studded black-tie benefit dinner, all bets are on his soaring cholesterol level. But one person has her doubts—Chas Wheatley, the Washington Examiner's saber-penned restaurant critic. Still carrying a torch for Levain after an affair they had years before, she breaks out all her investigative resources to find the culprit. But the big-city newspaper and food communities are deadly competitive.

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Summary

Summary

In her eagerly awaited fiction debut, the Washington Post's best-loved, award-winning food writer, Phyllis Richman, has cooked up a tempting tale of mousse, mayhem, and murder: a tautly woven insider's look at the food and newspaper worlds.

Laurence Levain was a culinary superstar, and the high-profile owner and chef of Chez Laurence, an internationally renowned restaurant in Washington, DC. When Levain collapses in his clogs the night before a star-studded black-tie benefit dinner, all bets are on his soaring cholesterol level. But one person has her doubts—Chas Wheatley, the Washington Examiner's saber-penned restaurant critic. Still carrying a torch for Levain after an affair they had years before, she breaks out all her investigative resources to find the culprit. But the big-city newspaper and food communities are deadly competitive.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A marvelously drawn restaurant critic who can solve a crime as easily as she can tell you the inside scoop for a dessert pizza…I’m ravenous for more!” Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author
“Washington Post restaurant critic Phyllis Richman certainly knows her food, and her skill at keeping a lively mystery plot simmering is almost as impressive.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“[A] delectable tale of manslaughter, edibles and romance…Susan O’Mally’s wry narration adds the appropriate amount of seasoning to this tale…This is a yarn worth savoring.” AudioFile
“A terrific and stylish first mystery by the Washington Post’s restaurant critic…How can you not love a writer who includes a reference to the wry and passionate folksinging McGarrigle sisters? Four stars for a stunning debut.” Booklist
“Writing with practiced assurance, the author has a fresh, blithe, sometimes raunchy style far beyond the talent needed for her real-life food critic’s job at the Washington Post.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Phyllis Richman

Phyllis Richman was the Washington Post food critic for more than twenty-three years. She is the author of the Agatha-nominated, bestselling Chas Wheatly books as well as The Washington Post Dining Guide. She’s been an award-winning syndicated columnist and food editor and serves on the executive committees of the James Beard Awards and the Julia Child Cookbook Awards. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English