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A Gourmet Demise: Murder in South Tampa by [Lewandowski, L. A.]
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After escaping the brutal murders in Montauk, L.I. Katherine Montgomery breathes a sigh of relief and settles into her sophisticated mansion on Tampa Bay. Her nights are filled with dear friends at the Gaspar Gourmets dinner club. Katherine's life seems ideal until a close friend dies. But the accident may not be what it seems, and Detective Frank Olson is assigned to investigate. Katherine is immediately attracted to the smart, handsome detective. She can’t help but wonder if his interest in her is as a woman or a suspect. When another friend dies after an elegant event attended by the local elite, it becomes obvious there is a common thread. Katherine’s world is turned upside down as the police investigation focuses on her intimate circle of friends. Frank follows a trail of clues, leading him to suspect a malignant secret curdling below the serene surface of the Gaspar Gourmets. Can he solve the puzzle before the killer strikes again? And has the exhibit of the Santeria paintings exposed Katherine to a murderer's evil agenda?

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  • File Size: 5341 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IA6J2CI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #885,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Forrest Gump's `Momma' might well have said, `Life's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.', but I'm going to say that's also true of a book, not just life. This title doesn't give anything away, other than, yes, obviously, a murder takes places in South Tampa. But what, I wondered, was the Gourmet Demise all about?

So, when I dipped into this box of chocolates, I got a sumptuous delight I didn't know I was going to get. The sumptuosity is in the form of exquisite cooking and South Tampa's glitterati and their elite life styles. Therein lie depravity and greed. And that can only lead to one thing: murder. One isn't enough, though. Nor is two. Nor three...

Katherine Montgomery is a successful art gallery owner. When she's not preparing for exhibitions or arranging commissions, she's a keen runner and tennis player. The exercise is bit of a necessity when she belongs to an exclusive group of foodies who take it in turn to cook delicious, ambrosial even, dinners. When one of their number, along with a close friend and acquaintances of Katherine become victims of murder, Detective Frank Olsen heads the team which investigates the murders. They have quite a task on their hands: how are the murders linked and what part does Santeria play in it all?

I really enjoyed this book. It's well written, the characters well defined. I loved the setting of high-class dining and the obscenely rich, and best of all, I just couldn't guess whodunit, which is always a good sign of a deftly crafted mystery. I can recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing! 26 January 2015
By Teri Donaldson - Published on
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There were lots of characters with wonderful descriptions of each. I did have a bit of trouble in the beginning keeping them all straight. It definitely presented a mystery that was next to impossible to figure out. The guilty party was quite a surprise! I will go back to read the first book in the series and look forward to additional stories about these characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a page turner 14 January 2015
By Anne Kasaba - Published on
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I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Absolutely one of the most intriguing who-done-its I have read in a long time. I'm usually good at figuring out who is guilty prior to the denouement but not in this book.

Characters that were interesting and well developed. Some I wanted to hate and others I would have loved to spend more time with.

You can't go wrong with this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Florida Style 10 June 2014
By Norma Jean Austin - Published on
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Since living in Florida was the drive behind selecting this book it was refreshing to have such a powerful delivery of twists and turns without revealing "the who done it" until the very end. An excellent job of developing interest in famous Tampa Bay eating and club establishments with mouth watering descriptions of food selections. A Sandra Brown type read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book does not disappoint. The central mystery pulls you along 7 September 2014
By Svetlana - Published on
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Ms. Lewandowski excels at storytelling, description and character creation! This book does not disappoint. The central mystery pulls you along, while the vibrant descriptions and the details about Tampa, art, food, Santeria are delightful and give the book a lush feel. However, it is her portrayal of some of the characters that is my favorite. They are complex, fully human, and worthy of compassion. Each one is unique and well developed. There is something you can identify with and sympathize with in each of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foul Play and Food with a Florida Flare 9 December 2014
By sum1sgirl - Published on
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I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review. A delightful cast of characters interact against the breezy and sometimes steamy back drop of Tampa Florida. Well written and well paced, the story will keep you engaged to the final chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to purchase the previous book in the series.