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The Grave Gourmet Hardcover – Jul 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758246692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758246691
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #724,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 115 people found the following review helpful
Needs a heavy handed editor Feb. 28 2012
By ST - Published on
Format: Paperback
Am I the only one to question the writing skill displayed in this book? The storyline was interesting and it could have been a good book...if someone had only edited the writing. It is horribly overwritten. Overused -ly adverbs and 'big' words bog it down. You have sentences like this: 'Alexandre was saved from the need of a retort by the sacrosanct rogations of ordering food and drink.' Not to mention questionable character development. Am I supposed to like a female character who's thankful she got a promotion because she didn't wear a bra? I quote 'Capucine thanked the guardian angel who had talked her out of the bra when she was choosing her outfit that morning.' Really, where was the editor? What a shame, the premise was good but the writing so bad I couldn't finish it.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Chore to Read July 3 2012
By KNoble - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have over 400 Kindle books and have enjoyed most that I've read so far. I'm an avid reader and find I'm dreading opening this book to finish reading it. The characters haven't been developed, the story line is confusing, and the behavior of the French police and holding of innocent 'suspects' was alarming. Alexandre - who is he and how did he and Capucine meet and marry???? Capucine seems to enjoy the 'nicer things' - what's her background? These were just a few questions I had and continued to have, even as I'm toward the end of the book. The story premise is quite boring and Capucine seems to just blunder along until something pops up. I have no plans to order any other books by this author, or to continue with this series (if it's going to be a series). I bought it because the summary made it sound interesting and I liked the illustrated cover. Very disappointing.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Meh... Aug. 27 2012
By Sweet Diva Reader (SDR) Marla - Published on
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I normally enjoy culinary mysteries, but this one was just kind of blah for me. The story features Capucine Le Tellier a French policewoman who is assigned to investigate what she sees as boring white collar crimes when she'd rather be out on the street solving "real crimes" like murder and her significantly older husband Alexandre (this point is made frequently) who's the restaurant critic for Le Monde. You guessed it, she's finally assigned to work a murder that took place in a restaurant because it is believed that because of her connection to her husband she'll have extra expertise in this area to help solve it.

The problem mainly is that none of the characters were fleshed out giving us no real reason to care about them or what happens in this story. There is absolutely no back story of any kind about any of the characters which in my opinion is much needed in a first book of a series. Also the middle third of the book drags along so slowly with almost nothing of importance given to us that drives the plot. It just plods wordily along.

The concept was there for a solid story, but the writing that took us on this journey just wasn't strong enough to pull it off. I may try another from this series in the hopes that the author learned and improved from this book, but I can't guarantee that.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Don't Waste Your Time June 28 2012
By Patricia G. Cottrell - Published on
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Unfortunately, after reading nearly 20% of this book, and struggling with definitions of words that don't even appear in our "free" dictionary, I had to stop reading this book. I rarely give up on a book, and getting in 20% does mean I had invested some reading time, but it just got to the point where I could read it no more due to the writing style. Some characters were juvenile in nature, and the "heroine" of our story was using her sexuality to achieve results, which aren't storylines I like to read. It made it seem as though she couldn't do something herself, and had to resort to tricks of her gender.

I was lucky to have gotten this book for free, and I see it's now selling for over $9. If you're a walking dictionary of all things French, by all means this is the book for you, but if you're not, don't waste your time. (My personal opinion only.)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
you get what you pay for June 19 2013
By Terri Abraham - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I should have tried a sample, because right away the poor writing put me off. The author tries too hard to use big words and foreign phrases to make the book sound like something it isn't. It was free, and I did stick it out for a couple of chapters to see if it got better, but it didn't by the time got sick of it.

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