Crime Fraiche by Alexander Campion
(Capucine Culinary Mystery)

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Très chic Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier sets off on a hunting holiday that proves deadly for more than just the pheasants…

Before Capucine and her husband, distinguished food critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a fatal hunting accident has upset their idyllic destination. What's meant to be a peaceful bon voyage to the countryside--rustic picnics, dinners en plein air, and of course, a sip or two of Calvados--quickly sours as more "accidents" befall the guests. But the local gendarmerie lack the investigative finesse to draw any conclusions, let alone suspects, forcing Capucine to puzzle out the crimes herself. And when the bodies lead to a celebrated cattle ranch, the stakes rise beyond small-town grudges to the struggle surrounding France's most beloved gastronomic traditions.

"[A] countryside romp." --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Alexander Campion's Crime Fraiche and The Grave Gourmet

"This new series offers a uniquely blended mix of ‘hooks' that will appeal to a wide variety of mystery lovers." --Booklist

"A feast of crime with a soupçon of gourmet delight." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Crime Fraiche

"Full of amusing characters… Readers will want a second helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet

"An astonishing debut that raises the bar on today's detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet

About Alexander Campion

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Alexander Campion started out as a true New Yorker, graduating from Columbia and migrating downtown to Wall Street. Early on, someone, a little apologetically, proposed he spend six months maximum in Paris helping out with a new venture his firm had just acquired. He stayed thirty five years, eventually becoming a restaurant critic and progressing inevitably to gastronomic thrillers. You can visit him on the web at
Published May 29, 2012 by Kensington. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Food critic Alexandre is a miserable shot, although not so miserable as poor Philippe Gerlier, who died the week before of an errant shot to the chest.

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“If he would just inject a little humor and poke a little fun at the French, Mr. Campion’s Capucine Culinary Mystery Series just might develop a following, but in the meantime, Crime Fraîche feels like a dish with a key ingredient missing.”At the intersection where foodies who love mysteries and ...

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