Lea Sherwood, chef-owner of San Francisco's acclaimed new restaurant, Panache, is the toast of the city--until a Silicon Valley CEO dies of poisoning over dinner. Branded a suspect in the murder of her old flame, Lea soon resolves to investigate on her own. Her pursuit of the killer pits her against rogue executives, wannabe millionaires, and cocky software wizards. It also leads her into a treacherous underworld of the Valley, where industrial espionage and financial fraud flourish, and greed reigns.

You might describe Lea's story as Julia Child meets The Firm.
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Lea Sherwood opened Panache, a restaurant, in San Francisco recently. Her ex-boyfriend Keith Whitten decides to come to dinner there with a couple of his executives. Just that day his company Whitten Systems Corp. had taken over Decision Ace, a company run by her current boyfriend Paul Boyd.

During dinner Keith is poisoned and dies. Since Lea served him, she becomes a prime suspect. Lea is determined to uncover the real killer to salvage the reputation of her restaurant and herself.

Due to the bad publicity, reservations to her restaurant are canceled daily. This just fuels her desire to uncover the truth. Can she do so without putting herself or her restaurant in harm’s way?

I really enjoyed this novel. Lea is a fun character. You can tell the author has real knowledge of the restaurant world, as well as technology. This is an interesting mix and is blended together expertly in this book.

I like the setting of San Francisco for the book. It really adds to the ambiance. Having it set in a restaurant makes it yummy as well!

I highly recommend this book.

Dawn Dowdle