Roux Morgue

Roux Morgue

A Mary Ryan Mystery

By Claire M. Johnson

Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590584873, 223pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

San Francisco pastry chef Mary Ryan is back at her old alma mater. Initially ecstatic to be teaching, Mary finds herself trying to straddle both worlds, caught between her original mentors and her contemporaries.
To make matters worse, Homicide Detective OA, A'Connor has enrolled as a student, claiming to be on disability from the San Francisco Police Department.
In the middle of this turf war, Mary is confronted by the dean Robert Benson. Mary must either force Coolie Martin to leave the school or lose her job. Why would CoolieA, A's father, a member of the Board of Directors, allow this to happen? But when faculty and staff begin dying, Mary thinks that CoolieA, A's forced exit might only be part of a larger, more sinister plot.
Acting on a hint from OA, A'Connor, Mary contacts the only person who can help her: nemesis Thom Woods. Will Mary and Thom uncover the truth before another chef bakes his last pie?

About the Author
Claire M. Johnson completed the California Culinary Academy's program for professional chefs in 1983 and worked as a pastry chef in San Francisco and Oakland for eight years. Set in the restaurant world, Ms. Johnson's first novel, Beat Until Stiff, won the 1999 Malice Domestic Writer's Grant. She lives in Lafayette, California, with her husband, two children, and numerous animals.