Death du Jour by Lou Jane Temple
(A Spice Box Mystery)

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Travel to Paris, 1790-where a well-executed meal may linger in the memory, but murder is forever.

Fanny Delarue is a young cook for a wealthy family in the Place Royale. In her heart, she is keeping two fires burning-for food, and for her head chef, Henri. Together they feed the household, above stairs and below, and take lessons from Henri's mentor, Etienne de la Porte, chef to a neighboring household.

At the same time, Fanny's trying to ignore the political heat that is building all around her. Chefs need to prove that food and cuisine can promote man's equality instead of reinforcing old class divisions, at the risk of losing their jobs...and perhaps their heads. Tempers flare and nerves are strained, until one day, Etienne is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Who would murder a cook? The Place Royale is in tumult, and Fanny must solve the crime before the flames converge on her hopes for her own future.

About Lou Jane Temple

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Lou Jane Temple has done almost as many things as her character, Heaven Lee, including selling antique quilts, hippie gear and vintage clothes. she has also been a band member, a rock-and-roll caterer and a trends consultant. She holds a B.A. in Administration of Justice and those college criminal evidence courses have come in handy in her latest career of mystery novelist. Currently she is working on another Heaven Lee mystery, and in her spare time is a party caterer, a script supervisor on film projects, and writes about food and wine.
Published March 7, 2006 by Berkley Hardcover. 272 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The ever-bustling Heaven also finds time to (1) snuggle with her years-younger beau Hank, (2) Christmas shop with her daughter Iris, (3) catch Iris’s years-older lover smoking something illegal in the john, (4) attend a female bodybuilder’s competition in which a Foster relative and a rival serio...

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Eighteen-year-old Fanny Delarue works for the wealthy Monnard family in their elegant Place Royale home.

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When someone shoots down a blimp advertising the 50th anniversary of Foster's Chocolates, Kansas City (Mo.), chef-cum-sleuth Heaven Lee gets on the case in Lou Jane Temple's Death Is Semisweet: A Heaven Lee Mystery, the seventh entry in this enticing food cozy series (Red Beans and Vice, etc.).

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Fanny's mother is actively involved in politics and joined thousands of other women in a march to Versailles to force the King back to Paris.

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Historical Novel Society

What a great idea, a mystery series during the French Revolution when restaurants began, chefs to the aristocrats finding themselves suddenly without employers.

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The plaza, a shopping center in Kansas City, is festive dining the holiday season and Foster's Chocolates blimp just adds to the glittery atmosphere.

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