A Year in Books/Day 195: Murder on the Menu

  • Title: Murder on the Menu Cordon Bleu Stories of Crime and Mystery
  • Editor: Peter Haining
  • Year Published: 1991 (Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.)
  • Year Purchased: I have no idea when this book was purchased, but it was given to me in 2010
  • Source: A hand-me-down from my mom
  • About: Murder on the Menu is a collection of stories about killing people by poisoning their food, or other dark dinnertime deeds. So fun! So lighthearted! So hunger-inducing! I love literary meals. I think it’s fascinating how authors represent the most basic of human needs in their writings. If you’ve never looked at fiction from that angle, you should give it a try. This crime compilation naturally focuses on the macabre, but the principle stands. The selection of authors is unexpectedly varied, offering a wider appeal than similar books.
  • Motivation: People are always giving me books they no longer want. They know I will be kind. Or sell them when they aren’t looking.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 76: “Captain Michel had but one arm, which he found useful when he lit his pipe. He was an old sea dog whose acquaintance, with that of four other old salts, I made one evening on the open front of a cafe in the Vieille Darse, Toulon, where I was taking an appetiser. And in this way we fell into the habit of foregathering over a glass within a stone’s throw of the rippling wave and the swinging dinghys, about the hour when the sun sinks behind Tamaris.”
  • Happiness Scale: 7

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