Enthralling is the single word that best expresses this new mystery author’s talent. IMO A Gourmet Demise is equal to or better than Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Christie’s most popular book is a classic. I love the Orient Express. It is my all time favorite mystery. Now, to my delight I have discovered a contemporary mystery writer who has produced a book with all of the class and cachet of Murder on the Orient Express. L. A. Lewandowski is an indie author. She owns a dinner club in Tampa, Florida and she has her finger on the pulse that fabulous city. Moreover, the woman can write. Oh, my goodness.
Foodies and those who know table de hote and haute cuisine are going to adore A Gourmet Demise.
Lewandowski does not make the mistake or commit the mortal sin of poisoning the Gourmet Club members in this finely wrought tale of murder and mayhem. The food presentations are superlative from moules and torchon to Battenburg and Madeleine cookies and cakes. If you have ever stepped inside one of the tiny bakeries in Montmartre, Paris for a petit four, you will have an utter appreciation for this writer’s talent. If you haven’t been to Paris, you are going to be searching Google for recipes for Belgium soup, Lapin a la Kriek and carbonnades flamandes. If you have ever stood inside the Sistine Chapel you will understand the reference to the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo and coffered ceilings. Or you may even have a print hanging on the wall in your house. My daughter does. The tidbits of historical facts that Lewandowski uses to enhance her character personalities are fabulous. The godmother in the story relates a tale of the Queen’s Swan Marker. I already knew these facts. The Queen of England owns every swan in her sovereign states. You get every dang bit of this luxury without taking one step out of Tampa, Florida. That is talent. Nor does Lewandowski interrupt the story with a romantic attachment. May the indie gods bestow upon her many blessings for not making that faux pas. Oh! Lewandowski wraps her characters in upmarket designer clothes, shoes and purses. No Gucci for these folks. Think Chloe and head to Amazon’s My Habit in hopes of finding shoes and bags and jewels on sale.
I would give A Gourmet Demise ten Stars if I could.
The book is on sale all of September for $1.99. It is #1 in Caribbean & Latin American Art History. Amazon.com says so.