Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse

 

Neil Flambé and the Crusader's Curse

Written and Illustrated by Kevin Sylvester

Kevin HelmetThe sudden disappearance of Neil’s skills in the kitchen is the real mystery in this culinary caper. Is a curse to blame?

World-class chef—and royal pain in the neck—Neil Flambé is used to serving his dishes to resounding applause and overwhelming approval. And Neil’s super-sensitive nose does more than enable him to cook sophisticated meals and run his own restaurant; it also allows him to help local police solve mysteries in his spare time.

Then things start going wrong. His plates are returned. A group of critics visit the restaurant and leave completely dissatisfied. Worse yet, Chez Flambé is closed by an order of the Department of Health!

Suddenly, Neil finds himself amid the cook-off of his life—and his entire reputation is at stake. Then he discovers the root of all his problems: a dark curse that has plagued Flambé chefs forcenturies. Has Neil finally met a mess he can’t smell his way out of?

   ★ NOMINATED FOR THE 2013 SILVER BIRCH AWARD FOR FICTION

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