If You Can't Stand the Heat by Robin Allen
(Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop)

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Poppy Markham practically grew up at the family restaurant in Austin,
Texas, and, until recently, worked as a sous chef under her surly
stepsister Ursula. Poppy's not sure if her dad will ever forgive her for
leaving the family business to become a public health inspector--the
most reviled figure in the restaurant industry--but when he asks her
back into the kitchen to help out during the restaurant's grand
re-opening, she can't refuse. Chaos ensues when the guest of honor,
Michelin-rated chef Évariste Bontecou, is found stabbed to death with
Ursula's knife. Sacrebleu!

Sorting through everyone who had it in for the hot-headed, philandering
French chef is worse than deboning a Coho salmon. Could it be the bad boy sous
chef eyeing his chance at the top or the conniving waitress rumored to be
Évariste's paramour du jour? The closer Poppy gets to the truth,
the hotter things get. And as everyone knows: if you can't stand the
heat, stay out of the kitchen.

About Robin Allen

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Robin Allen holds a BA degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She worked in restaurants and bars to pay her way through college. If You Can't Stand the Heat is her first novel.
Published May 8, 2011 by Midnight Ink. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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