Indie Mystery Writer Rivals Agatha Christie

Written By: Jackie Weger - Sep• 05•14

A Gourmet Demise

 A Gourmet Demise ~ Murder in South Tampa

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.

Best Seller in Caribbean & Latin American Art History

The book is on sale all of September for $1.99. It is #1  in Caribbean &  Latin American Art History. Amazon.com says so.


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  1. Jackie Weger says:

    Lois! Well done! the books is utterly entertaining. Does not get any better than that. Wishing you all the best!


    • I’m speechless and humbled by your praise. I hope Gourmet finds its audience – this review will certainly help!
      I added the tale of the Swan Marker late in the writing. A beta told me that the second mystery didn’t have enough Miranda detail. The third one will.

  2. Congrats, Lois! You do us all proud! I wish there were a way you could have gotten ten stars…

    All my best,

  3. Dale Furse says:

    That’s fantastic. Murder on the Orient Express is my second favorite Agatha Christie. Can’t wait to get into A Gourmet Demise.

    • Hi Dale,
      I adore Agatha Christie. I’ve read every one of them. And Then There Were None is a favorite. P.D. James is my other favorite mystery author. The comparison to Christie is high praise. I’m thrilled.
      Enjoy Gourmet!

  4. Jenny Harper says:

    Congratulations! fantastic! I have purchased it and look forward to reading it.

  5. KJD says:

    Excellent review, Jackie.

    My mouth’s watering already.


    • Hi KJD,
      Jackie presented a tantalizing menu of the food served in Gourmet. I love to cook, and if I haven’t prepared the dishes mentioned I’ve eaten them. The carbonnade à la flammande is the banner photo on my twitter account. It was delicious!
      Thanks for your comment.

  6. Mary Smith says:

    Congratulations. Off to buy it now.

  7. Lois, congratulations! Jackie’s description of your writing is so compelling that i have moved your book to the top of my reading pile!

    • Hi Dianne,
      Thank you so much! I loved writing this book and I wanted to highlight many of the unique and cool aspects of Tampa. I would love to have your feedback when you’re finished Gourmet.
      Thanks for your comment.

  8. Julie Frayn says:

    Rivals Agatha? Now I HAVE to read it – since I’ve read every book Agatha Christie has written (that’s about 94 or so)… Great job, Lois. And thanks for the heads up Jackie!

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