An entertaining read. I love this series! The book isn't without its flaws, but I couldn't put it down. I zipped right through it and enjoyed every minute. It seems to me that this one was a bit darker than the two previous books in the series, and the end was sort of chilling. (Not a spoiler!)
Bernie N. (Bernie) reviewed Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham? (Chas Wheatley, Bk 3) on
#3 in the Chas Wheatly series: The indomitable Chas Wheatley is back, in a tale of restaurants, rivalry, and murder most-hoped-for.
Ringo Laurenge is the new hire at the Washington Examiner, an ambitious young reporter with the looks and the brains to become a star. The trouble is, a few staffers at the Examiner would characterize him as an arrogant and sadistic back-stabbing blowhard who deserves to die. And Chas Wheatley is obsessively, shamefully among them. Her worries over Ringo have even begun to cut into her love life. Not only does this guy steal other reporters' stories, he also has a fascination with power, and is determined to destroy a restaurant that has become the focus of Chas's latest research.
While Ringo runs rampant at the Examiner, plots to crush Chas's friends, and cooks up ways to horn in on her territory, the question becomes not whether he will be taken out, but when and who will finally be driven to do it? For Ringo has made more than one enemy since arriving in town, and in a case like this, Chas isn't even sure she wants to find out which one of them has finally had enough.
If you love food, you should enjoy this mystery related by the restaurant editor of the Washington D.C. Examiner. Much talk of famous eateries and gourmet meals. The bad guy is a superstar reporter with the paper and a super cad. The requisite murder is almost an afterthought.
I felt like a Big Mac munching ignoramus while reading this book. Unusually irritating from the culinary front. OK, so the author knows something about food haut cuisine. I was really turned off by the long involved descriptions of culinary delights but I didn't take the time to look 'em up in my Funk & Wagnalls.
As for the plot, yes, that was something interesting, curious twist of plot, heck it seemed to tie the plot in a knot. Story was good.