August Didier's dark eyes flshed with a fury aroused by centuries of French honor. How could these English blockheads suggest that food prepared under his supervision might have poisoned steward Archibald Greeves? It is an insult and one that promptly turns the Master Chef into a Master Detective. Almost anyone below stairs might have wanted to kill Greeves; even the housekeper, who had a soft spot in her heart for the steward, felt less than romantic when she learned he was fooling around with the lady's maid. Then there were the men, regular targets for Greeves' bullying. While the French chef scrambles to assemble all the ingredients to solve the murder in Pug's Parlour, duty demands he stir up some delectable dishes for a houseful of guests - all of whom find the mystery most amusing ... until one of them is also found dead!
A good read in the tradition of British manor house murders.
During a shooting party at Stockberry Towers, the steward Greeves is found dead...apparantly poisoned whilst partaking of is habitual savory and brandy alone in Pug's Parlour.
The local police constable immediately suspects master chef Auguste Didier of the murder...and, hurt as much by the aspersions cast on his cuisine as by the suggestion that he is a poisoner, Auguste is forced to turn detective in order to prove his innocence.
Greeves had not beeen the most popular figure below stairs... and Aguste quickly uncovers a multitude of motives amongst the staff, whilst also finding the time to concoct the most exquisite and delectable dishes for the house party. The noble family and guests upstairs find this murder in Pug's Parlour most amusing...until one of them is killed....