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Roux the Day

(2002)
(The seventh book in the Gourmet Detective series)
A novel by

 
 
For six generations, the Belvedere family dominated the culinary landscape of New Orleans, a city that boasts what is perhaps the most vibrant, exciting, and authentic cuisine in America. But each generation relinquished control of the family restaurant-best known for its world famous Oysters Belvedere-only after succumbing to the madness that has plagued the dynasty since its arrival from the Canary Islands. Now, after the business' doors have remained closed for years, the next scion of the Belvedere clan has determined to seize his birthright . . . if only he can find the annotated family cookbook, which has mysteriously disappeared!

Only one man can help.

That man is the Gourmet Detective.

Returning for his seventh foray into the bizarre nether-regions where haute cuisine meets high crimes and misdemeanors, Peter King's beloved sleuth reluctantly agrees to track down the book. But this decidedly out-of-print classic isn't going to turn up on any remainder shelf! And when he finds its supposed new owner-a used book dealer-stewing in a puddle of his own blood, the Gourmet Detective know that, once again, he's in for more than he bargained for.

Soon, he's "kidnapped" by the WITCHES, a mysterious cadre of New Orleans' most ambitious and talented female chefs-and they want the book too. In fact, it seems like everyone does. And getting it will have the sleuth staring down con-artists and book forgers on an old-fashioned paddle boat, careening through the colorful streets of the French Quarter in a mule-drawn carriage, and hunting down leads in the vibrant fishing shanties of Algiers.

All of this, while exploring the very contentious differences between the proponents of Creole and Cajun cuisine, and sampling some of the most spicy and succulent treats he's yet encountered: from blackened redfish, fresh from the Gulf and coated in garlic, paprika, cayenne and an assortment of spices, then seared in an extraordinarily hot cast-iron pan . . . to turtle soup, dark, rich, seasoned with onion, oregano, and thyme . . . . to Pheasant Casserole . . . . to Gumbo, catfish, crawfish . . . and that's just a taste!


Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Used availability for Peter King's Roux the Day

Hardback Editions

February 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery
Author(s): Peter King
ISBN: 0-7862-4781-9 / 978-0-7862-4781-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery
Author(s): Peter King
ISBN: 0-312-28365-2 / 978-0-312-28365-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Roux the Day (Gourmet Detective)
Author(s): Peter King
ISBN: 1-5318-1787-4 / 978-1-5318-1787-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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January 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery, Book 7
Author(s): Peter King
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery, Book 7
Author(s): Peter King
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery, Book 7
Author(s): Peter King
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Roux the Day (The Gourmet Detective Mysteries Book 7)
Author(s): Peter King
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
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September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Roux the Day (The Gourmet Detective Mysteries Book 7)
Author(s): Peter King
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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