Death Du Jour

Death Du Jour

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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Penguin Putnam
Travel to Paris, 1790-where a well-executed meal may linger in the memory, but murder is forever.

Fanny Delarue is a young cook for a wealthy family in the Place Royale. In her heart, she is keeping two fires burning-for food, and for her head chef, Henri. Together they feed the household, above stairs and below, and take lessons from Henri's mentor, Etienne de la Porte, chef to a neighboring household.

At the same time, Fanny's trying to ignore the political heat that is building all around her. Chefs need to prove that food and cuisine can promote man's equality instead of reinforcing old class divisions, at the risk of losing their jobs...and perhaps their heads. Tempers flare and nerves are strained, until one day, Etienne is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Who would murder a cook? The Place Royale is in tumult, and Fanny must solve the crime before the flames converge on her hopes for her own future.

Baker & Taylor
In the midst of the revolutionary fervor sweeping 1790 Paris, Fanny Delarue, a young cook for a wealthy family in the Place Royale, and her head chef, Henri, embark on a high-stakes investigation into the murder of Etienne de la Porte, chef to a neighboring household and Henri's mentor, after he turns up dead under suspicious circumstances. By the author of The Spice Box.

Blackwell North Amer
Fanny Delarue is a young cook for a wealthy family in the Place Royale. She comes from comfortable roots - her father is a cabinet-maker and her mother is a seamstress - but her employer's house is full of the marvels that her own family could never enjoy. They have hot water in the bathtubs and a free-standing kitchen built in the courtyard at a time when most families have to make do with cooking over an open hearth.
In her heart, Fanny is keeping two fires burning - for food, and for her head chef, Henri. Together they feed the household, above stairs and below, and take lessons from Henri's mentor, Etienne de la Porte, chef to a neighboring household. At the same time, Fanny's trying to ignore the political heat that is building all around her. Chefs need to prove that food and cuisine can promote man's equality instead of reinforcing old class divisions, at the risk of losing their jobs ... and perhaps their heads. Tempers flare and nerves are strained, until one day, Etienne is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Who would murder a cook? The Place Royale is in tumult, and Fanny must solve the crime before the flames converge on her hopes for her own future.

Baker
& Taylor

In the midst of the revolutionary fervor sweeping 1790 Paris, Fanny Delarue, a young cook for a wealthy family, and her head chef, Henri, embark on a high-stakes investigation into the murder of Etienne de la Porte, Henri's mentor.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425208069
0425208060
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 22 cm.

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Oct 24, 2011

I personally found this a very disappointing read. With the exception of a few French words tossed into the text, I felt this novel could have been better executed as a Victorian or Regency novel set in the United Kingdom. The author attempted to have some interesting historical underpinning with the focus on social standing and civil unrest in post-revolutionary Paris but often it felt forced. There was an attempt at controversy as well with the revolutionary nature of Fanny’s mother, but any writing about Fanny was so naïve and mary-sueish that it was difficult to take anything seriously. I had to stop reading the novel about half way in – when Fanny begins acts ludicrously only to forward plot along. This was a serious let down.

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