Title: The Devil’s Cook
Author: Ellery Queen
Publisher: Pocket Books (50495)
Publication Year: 1966
Special Attributes: First Edition - Paperback Original
Condition Grade: Very Good
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not ex-library, pages lightly tanned, minor edge wear
Description from back of book:
Police Captain Bartholdi sometimes indulged himself in a harmless fantasy. His thoughts, he would imagine, were irresponsible imps that wriggled out of his head and scampered around with an abandon that was often embarrassing.
A woman had been kidnapped. That woman was dead.
Bartholdi was convinced that a murdered was at that moment having a grim laugh at his expense. He knew who the murdered was. He would have bet his pension and his sacred soul that he knew. But he could not, knowing, prove what he knew. He needed confirmation on one critical point.
From among his antic imps he culled the three that had directed his mind to its present state:
One newspaper too many.
A girl who slept too soundly.
And, most important of all, a ragout with too many onions.