If You Cannot Stand the Heat

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Midnight Ink, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
26 Reviews

 

Poppy Markham practically grew up at the family restaurant in Austin, Texas, and, until recently, worked as a sous chef under her surly stepsister, Ursula. Poppy's not sure if her dad will ever forgive her for leaving the family business to become a public health inspector-the most reviled figure in the restaurant industry-but when he asks her back into the kitchen to help out during the restaurant's grand re-opening, she can't refuse. Chaos ensues when the guest of honor, Michelin-rated chef Évariste Bontecou, is found stabbed to death with Ursula's knife. Sacrebleu!

Sorting through everyone who had it in for the hot-headed, philandering French chef is worse than deboning a Coho salmon. Could it be the bad-boy sous chef eyeing his chance at the top or the conniving waitress rumored to be Évariste's paramour du jour? The closer Poppy gets to solving the mystery, the hotter things get. And as everyone knows: if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

 

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I liked the character development. - Goodreads
The writing style is engaging and the heroine likable. - Goodreads
It was a good plot, with plenty of twists and turns. - Goodreads
And then there's the ending. - Goodreads
I thought the plot was predictable. - Goodreads
... until the ending. - Goodreads

Review: If You Can't Stand the Heat (Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop #1)

User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

It was.... Fine. I was totally on board until the extremely abrupt ending. I was also perturbed that so many story lines didn't get wrapped up (like why was her stepmother keeping her away from her dad?) I would read others in the series though- I like the characters. Read full review

Review: If You Can't Stand the Heat (Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop #1)

User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

Nice start to a new mystery series. This mystery is set in/around a restaurant but there is less attention to food and more to the business side of the restaurant biz itself. So, as a person who ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Robin Allen is the author of the Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop Mystery series. Her writing has also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor , Country Woman Magazine and Writers' Journal . In addition to writing, Allen has worked as a food server, cocktail waitress, bartender, and barista. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a member of Austin's Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime (SinC) chapter. She can be found online at RobinAllenTX.blogspot.com.

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