Dine and Die on the Danube Express
St. Martin's Minotaur, June, 2003.
Hardcover, 262 pages.
The Gourmet Detective is back and this time he's ensconced on the famous Danube Express, a luxury train which winds through the Alps, Austria, Hungary all the way to Romania. Our detective (who has no name that we've ever been told) is on board to observe the level of service for a client who is thinking of opening a similar service. Because it's the twenty-fifth anniversary of the famous train, many celebrities are on board to sample the finest cuisine and wines that the train's expert chefs can offer. But when a famous Hungarian actress disappears from the train, the gourmet detective is drafted to serve as a real detective to solve the mystery.
The pseudonymous Peter King (who prefers to remain as mysterious as the name of the protagonist of this delightful series) revisits the classic mystery setting made famous by Agatha Christie in Murder on the Orient Express, with very entertaining results. There is intrigue, deception and chatty investigations, all nicely rounded out with some of the best food writing found in fiction. This is a perfect read for classic mystery lovers.
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This review was published in the September-October, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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