Roux Morgue by Claire M Johnson
(Mary Ryan, Pastry Chef Mysteries)

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If he didn't shut up and stop attacking that plate, I was going to hurl myself across the table, grab his fork, and stab him with it. I coughed to sneak a glance at my watch. I'd been smiling non-stop for exactly one hour and forty-three minutes. The longer I maintained this false bonhomie, the crankier I got. By this point, it didn't feel like a smile so much as a bad case of lockjaw. Benson kept scraping his fork across his plate in a precise effort to capture every milligram of his dessert. He'd been prattling non-stop for the last fifteen minutes, only pausing to make determined grooves on a plate that couldn't have been cleaner than if it had been through an autoclave. With every pass, my ballistic meter rose a few notches. We were now at level ''irritable'' and heading into ''dangerous.'' - from Roux Morgue .

About Claire M Johnson

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Claire M. Johnson completed the California Culinary Academy's program for professional chefs in 1983 and worked as a pastry chef in San Fransisco and Oakland for eight years. Set in the restaurant world, Ms. Johnson's first novel, Beat Until Stiff, won the 1999 Malice Domestic Writer's Grant. She lives in Lafayette, California.
Published August 24, 2010 by ReadHowYouWant. 235 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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After solving two murders at her former job, Mary has had so much difficulty finding new employment that she’s happy to be back teaching at her alma mater despite a pay cut and nasty generational battles over cooking styles.

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Johnson's second Mary Ryan mystery, Roux Morgue, has the San Francisco pastry chef joining the faculty of the Ecole d'Epicure (School of Cooking) and finding herself in the midst of all sorts of mischief and mayhem.

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Having been out of work for more than two months, pastry chef Mary needs a job, any job and when she's offered a teaching job at the École d'Epicure she jumps at it.

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