The Food Detective

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Allison & Busby, 2005 - Fiction - 255 pages
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When Josie Welford settles in an idyllic West Country village of Kings Duncombe, she honestly believes she can bury her past. The widow of one of Britain's most wanted criminals, she knows what it's like to be an outsider and fervently wishes for a fresh start in life. She is determined that this new venture will prove to be both a financial and a social success. And it seems that Josie has achieved what she set out to do: by becoming the licensee of the local pub she becomes a thriving and welcome member of the small community.
That is until Inspector Nick Thomas, the man who put her husband in jail, appears on the scene. But Nick is no longer after Josie and the money he believes her late husband had stashed away: he is now an inspector for the Food Standards Agency. In his new position he advises Josie to change from her local suppliers. How could Josie ever have foreseen the terrible consequences of this simple decision?
Very soon she finds herself an outcast once more, ostracised by her erstwhile friendly neighbours. Even her employees are being warned off. Her hopes of a new life in tatters, she hears that the local vet has disappeared. Could the two things be connected? And why does everybody act as though they have a secret to hide? Bringing a reluctant Nick on to the case, Josie prepares to investigate.

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User Review  - cajela - LibraryThing

This is a detective story set in a modern English village with a dislike of incomers. There's skullduggery afoot over illicit meat suppliers and a mysteriously missing vet. Our heroine is a good ... Read full review

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User Review  - coolmama - LibraryThing

A fun, joyous, mindless romp through the Wessex countryside with Mrs Josie Whetford, a pub owner who wishes to convert her country pub into a gourmet restaurant to appeal to the trail walkers and ... Read full review


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