The Butter Did It by Phyllis Richman
A Gastronomic Tale of Love and Murder

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Washington's finest French chef, Laurence Levain, is dead, and all of D.C. thinks the culprit was too much foie gras. All, that is, except for Chas Wheatley, the city's most famous restaurant critic. Still carrying a torch for Levain after having had a passionate romance with him years before, she's convinced that his death was more than a simple case of too much cholesterol it was a case of murder. Enlisting the aid of detective/gourmand Homer Jones, she launches an investigation into this fiendish crime and soon finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for.

A delicious entry into the increasingly popular culinary mystery genre, The Butter Did It is a fun, fast-paced whodunit by a true insider of the restaurant and newspaper worlds. With numerous menus sprinkled throughout the book, this culinary extravaganza is just the thing for readers hungry for some intrigue with their dinner.


About Phyllis Richman

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Phyllis Richman has been the Washington Post food critic for more than twenty-two years. She's the author of the Agatha-nominated Washington bestselling dining books including The Washington Post Dining Guide. She been an award-winning syndicated columnist and food editor and serves on the executive committees of the James Beard Restaurant awards and the Julia Child awards. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Published May 1, 1997 by Harper. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction

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Now Chas turns detective, seeking motive and killer among Laurence's friends and enemies: Chas's own ex-husband Ari, now in the catering business with his lover Paul;

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As Chas tracks down motive and opportunity, Richman gives readers a cook's tour of tony restaurant kitchens and the newspaper biz, all the while affectionately exposing idiosyncrasies of the food world.

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