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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter May Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Enzo Files Release Date:
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When France’s top chef, Marc Fraysse, summoned the world’s press to make a shattering announcement, rumors abounded that he was about to lose one of his three coveted Michelin stars. Instead, upon arriving at his remote restaurant on a volcanic plateau in central France, they were greeted with the news that the troubled genius had been murdered, and the message he intended to deliver was never made. Seven years later, his killing and the identity of his killer still remain an enigma.

Enzo Macleod takes on his fifth cold case and delves into the big business and high stakes of French haute cuisine. As winter sets in and snow gathers along a volcanic horizon, he retraces long-cold footsteps across a remote hilltop. But unraveling the complex web of relationships that surrounded the brilliant and mercurial chef—a spurned lover, a jealous wife, an estranged brother, an embittered food critic—also leads to strange parallels with his own life. In opening up this celebrated cold case, he finds himself reopening old wounds from his past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Culinary heights, human depths, and a surprise romance await Enzo Macleod in the remote reaches of central France…Offers subtle, complex pleasures to the discerning palate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Caught up in the various threads, readers are lulled into a false sense of knowing where the tale is heading until May pulls the rug out from under them. Those who enjoy mysteries with a Gallic flavor will snap this one up.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “May’s flair for narrative, characterization, and evocative descriptions of various locales and historic tidbits makes his formulaic whodunit fresh and delightfully readable—catnip for armchair sleuths.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “While it helps to know the context of Enzo as a cold-case expert, each book in the series can be read individually, and this particularly strong entry may be the perfect one to introduce new readers to the tall, dour Scot with an amazing ability to piece together long-unsolved crimes.”


  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for March 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Don | 11/25/2013

    " Terrific must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce | 11/20/2013

    " Vance does his usual great job on the audio "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Kay | 5/28/2013

    " Interesting novel about a cold case murder of a celebrated French chef "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phillis | 7/9/2012

    " Enzo solves another one and he kept me in the dark for a while on "who dunit"! By the time I figured it out I then need to figure out why. Can't wait for cold case #6. "

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