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Peter King
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Minotaur Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
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A Healthy Place to Die A Gourmet Detective Mystery (Book Five) Peter King A MysteriousPress. A Gourmet Detective Mystery (Book Five). Open Road Integrated Media. Chapter one. Chapter two.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Book 5 of 8 in the Gourmet Detective Mysteries Series.

The gourmet detective realizes that the Alpine Springs health resort is not . King followed it with seven more books starring the character, including Dying on the Vine (1998) and Roux the Day (2002).

The gourmet detective realizes that the Alpine Springs health resort is not a typical spa somewhere in the middle of his first cocktail. Where other retreats promote abstinence, exercise, and bland food, this quiet little Swiss chalet preaches indulgence. Peter King (b. 1922) is an English author of mystery fiction, a Cordon Bleu - trained chef, and a retired metallurgist. He has operated a tungsten mine, overseen the establishment of South America's first steel processing plant, and prospected for minerals around the globe.

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Set in San Francisco, it airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in the US. Dylan Neal as Henry Ross, a charming, single chef and gourmet consultant who is also famous as a blogger.

Find out more about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original "Gourmet Detective Mysteries: A Healthy Place to Die," starring Dylan . When Henry, the Gourmet Detective, is invited as a guest speaker at a luxury resort spa, he quickly finds himself at the center of another murder.

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The Gourmet Detective returns to sample the cuisine at a Swiss resort, but after two editors turn up dead, he must find the killer before anyone else suffers from an untimely demise at the spa.
  • Geny
Very well written, a murder mystery interspersed with recipes and LOTS of action. Suspenseful, made me want to keep reading, quite a page-turner.

Only one thing.... I got so involved in some of the (very well fleshed-out) characters that I actually felt awful when they died.......
  • Carrot
It's a cute series. Hadn't read any of them, and since they were $1.99 got several of them. Have enjoyed them all, and am reading another now. No big dun, dun, DAH! moments, but fun reads and keep you guessing.
  • Asyasya
Peter King's Gourmet Detective series is always entertaining and a very enjoyable read. Have read them all the thoroughly enjoy his character.
I would highly recommend trying his mysteries.
  • Awene
  • Olelifan
This is the last book I am interested in reading in the series. I love mysteries and suspense novels, and the plots in these novels are very thin. I am not a writer so I can't properly analyze why, but when I read these novels, I don't care about "who done it" (I have never felt that way about a mystery novel before). Perhaps a writers group could help with this aspect. This particular book in the series is so unrealistic. After the first nearly dead or dead woman is found by our protagonist at the spa treatment area where they had made plans to meet, he is immediately knocked out and wakes up to find the body gone. Does he call the police? No, he bizarrely notes that "a low profile was the best approach until I learned more of what was happening. Switzerland was a peaceful, law-abiding country, but maybe it stayed that way by having a vigorous police force." This same strategy continues without further explanation when he is almost killed again, and then later when he finds another apparently dead aquaintance that is then whisked away when he returns to save her. Considering that he makes it quite clear that he is not actually a detective, merely a food detective for restaurants ears and party planners, this seems beyond unrealistic. The chef and the author also talk in the exact same manner when describing how to cook, which suggests that this is how the author describes/teaches...these should be two different styles of talking! And every time that our protagonist mentions a movie to the former movie star character that she starred in, he gives a really bizarre narrative to her (she starred in it!) that makes the character sound like a total bore. This happens repeatedly throughout the novel. For example, page 15: "'The ending's too sad for me,' I said. 'You think Victor is dead and you go into a convent. He comes looking for you, can't find you, and thinks YOU are dead. He goes on one last dangerous mission and is killed. His body is brought to your convent." Page 65: "'This must remind you of Shanghai Nights, I told her. 'You ran an establishment with a very doubtful reputation. You fell in love with the chief of police, who had to put you out of business or the politicians would get him fired. He stood up to them, they had him hit on the head and thrown into the Pacific and you saved him -you had been standing on the pier where you were going to drown yourself.'" Who talks like that to someone about a film that they started in?

In the first book in the series, the author's constant physical description and appraisal of women made some sense, as I assumed that he had a crush on the main female character and that they might develop a romance as is common in cozy mystery series. Unfortunately, I soon learned that the main character views every single woman through their physical attributes, and they (up to this book, where it is a bit toned down) all respond to the main character with flirtation and semi-sexual interest. Multiple female characters (a new round of which appear in each new book) are all described mostly by their looks, and all flirt back with the main character. As there is no reference of this issue given by anyone at any time in the series, it is my guess that the author himself sees women through this lens. Some examples:
Nurse, page 1: "She smiled, a beautiful smile that made full use of her generous red lips, glistening white teeth, and slightly smoky blue eyes involuntarily followed her motion, and it was hard to tear them away for the badge was attached to that part of her trim uniform that molded two of her most prominent features. I looked at the badge - it confirmed that she was 'Julia' just as she said, but I kept on looking anyway."
Nurses, page 2: "I had seen only half a dozen of them so far, but all were blond, buxom, and beautiful. None of them was more than an inch below six feet...."
Nurse, page 3: "Norma, a clone of Julia but even more voluptuous if that was possible"
Nurse, page 4: "Her big smoky eyes widened, and she treated me to a mini version of that delicious pout."
Nurse, page 5: "She took her hand away and gently smoothed her uniform back into place. The effect was as erotic as a stripper on Bourbon Street......She looked coy -or at least as coy as a six-foot buxom blonde built like a brick outbuilding can look. She did an awfully good job of it too."
Director, page 6: "Raven-black hair (did she select blondes for staff as deliberate contrast? I wondered), statuesque, cool as ice, and capable of charming a hungry cobra."
Nurse, page 6: "...she nodded and walked away with that swinging long-legged stride that strained the seams of her tight uniform."

How is the first man described? "A ruddy-faced man". The next man to be introduced is not physically described at all, though of course his career and background are. The third man to appear in the novel is "white haired....he had put on weight since his glory days, and his face was showing a slight puffiness that suggested not only good food and drink but plenty of it." Our fourth man is not described, the fifth is "short and roly-poly", the sixth is "big and jolly."

I noticed on pages 14-15 that the male guests are always described first by personality and profession, then looks, and that the female guests are always described first by looks and then by personality and profession. The women include "a fluffy blonde", "a slim, fair haired young woman", "a New Yorker but with all the looks and characteristics of an Italian background, a "demure and pretty" sous chef, and a former actress with "her luminous, wide-set eyes...high cheekbones and generous mouth...." It just gets old, this constant focus on women's looks in their descriptions, the author's constant focus on them, and the lack of similar description of the males... It starts to feel a bit like that is the main focus of any woman's existence, and that our author is constantly surrounded by gorgeous women who want to bed him (and for the first time EVER it appears that he finally does, though it is only suggested). It also feels really unrealistic to me.

Food descriptions and trivia are awesome!!!! I love reading about the fancy spa treatments, which is why I am finishing this book. Perhaps with some small changes and a writing group, these books could be amazing. Or if the above example don't bother you, enjoy! This will be the last book in this series that I read (I skipped the few before it because I couldn't get into them, but the spa subject sounded interesting).
  • AnnyMars
I really can't imagine reading this series if one is not seriously into food. And even then, it's got some serious flaws.

This one is set in a Swiss spa with has All The Things; the number of "medicinal" bathing options is enormous just on its own. OK, fine, there are really rich people who can probably spend more for a week than my family earns in a year... and they'd have to.

Which makes the attendance of most of the people at this cooking conference a problem: how on earth could they afford it???

The descriptions of meals are lovely, as usual in the series. I do question whether one can get traditional French, German etc. dishes and make them "spa cuisine" merely by substituting yogurt for heavy cream (a stupid idea in the first place), and such like.

I think King made a mistake, though, to start to get into actual cooking instruction descriptions. For one thing, the conference had a lot of experiences cooks and chefs; why oh why were they all eager to learn the secrets of dishes as simple as fondue, souffle, or cheesecake? or a basic roast duck? Also, based on my own cooking experience, some of the expert advice given is just plain wrong.

The mystery was not foreshadowed enough. I could see some of the twists referenced but obscured, which is great; others just arose out of nowhere.

At least Our Hero here is not as much of a lady-magnet as he has been in previous books, because James Bond he ain't.

In short- if you like descriptions of delicious-sounding meals in reasonable detail- it's fun; if you're looking for a good mystery- or accurate details- it's not so great.
  • Browelali
Reading this book is like reading a transcript from a cooking conference. It might just as well be, since this time our flat Gourmet Detective (a.k.a. The Unnamed One) takes the place of an absent friend at a Swiss spa to teach culinary secrets in a conference that lasts a week (too long). This novel develops really slow, and it only picks up the pace of a mystery in the last four chapters. Unluckily for us readers, the book comprises thirty two of them.
I found this novel in particular the one which has the most flat, underdeveloped characters of this whole series. Nothing means anything. Sure, if you read it as a cookbook or as a compilation of suggestions from a very good chef, it is an interesting piece of advice; even witty. However, this book claims to be a mystery story; and a good mystery story must have an identifiable plot, which has to be twisted and interesting at the same time. Well, I cannot really identify a good plot here.
I can certainly tell that Mr. King has travelled extensively throughout Europe and certainly knows a lot of the idiosyncrases of the different nationalities. He is also a very good expert in his field, which is that of cooking methods, ingredients, rare foods and all the other qualities that make an excellent chef. He is not, however, a good writer. Unfortunately this last part is what it takes to produce a good fiction story, be it a mystery or any other genre.
Read Peter King! Culinary fascinating.