What is this about?: Caleb Rooney is a former cop and food truck chef AND he’s about to embark on an investigation into a possible terrorist attack on Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
What else is this about?: Not a whole lot guys, there’s a reason I hate-read this. But New Orelans kind of saved it.
The new stand-alone thriller from the World’s Bestselling Author
Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted.
In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty–as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local.
The Chef has potential — I mean look at the blurb.
New Orleans, a food truck chef/cop and meanwhile in my head, I have images of Chef, the movie — which I enjoyed so much, and as I recall, they went to New Orleans too.
So this was a perfect storm of interesting things that grabbed me … and really couldn’t let me go.
So why did I keep going?
This is one of those cities that has always had my attention, and I freely admit, I have no real idea of what the reality of life there is like post-Katrina, but books, movies and pop culture have made this city into a magical gem that I need to visit — but really isn’t going to happen any time soon.
So I live vicariously through books like this.
And while I have issues with the plot — more on that later — the city and the food do come to life. The descriptions are luscious and it shows in the care the author takes lingering over the food especially.
And yes, the author does discuss life in the post city post Katrina.
This is however supposed to be a thriller so there’s a plot
I’ll admit Candice Fox and James Patterson’s goodness in their books made me think this was worth my time, and … it is, and it isn’t. I mean, it’s a straightforward story, and the investigation is an investigation through the rich people in New Orleans in the food industry.
But then, in the middle of it, there’s a romance — and it’s clumsy and eye-rollingly badly written. Caleb is Vanessa’s saviour, and she is pretty much there to be a love interest and nothing else. The far more interesting character is Marlene, the ex wife with whom he runs Killer Chef — the food truck. How did they come to be partners in this? How did they meet? Why did they break up?
Then there’s Caleb: he’s our astute chef and police officer, who stumbles on to everything and anything that he needs, and has a quip ready. I feel like he’s supposed to be an old-school character, filled with charming swagger that you might roll your eyes at, but let pass by because of that charm.
It carried me through much of this book, but all of this isn’t enough to stop me from feeling exhausted by the end and just wanting to hear more about the city.
On the upside, it kind of settled me down as I have been jumping from book to book unable to settle on something. There you go lol — what’s the weirdest thing that settled you down in terms of your reading?