Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders

Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders

Book - 2010
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Neil Flambé is a fourteen-year-old wunderchef. He can cook anything, and he brags that he can cook it better than anyone else. He's cocky, but he may also be right. Patrons pay top dollar and wait months for reservations at his tiny, boutique restaurant.   What many of Neil's patrons don't know is that he's also a budding detective. It all started when he used his knowledge of cooking and his incredible sense of smell to acquit his mother's client of murder. Ever since, Police Inspector Sean Nakamura has relied on Neil to help him crack case after case.   Now, the city's crime scene has taken a turn for the personal. Some of the best chefs in town are turning up dead. The cops are stumped; the only real clues are a mysterious smell and some equally mysterious notes that seem to have something to do with Marco Polo. As more chefs fall prey to the killer, Neil finds himself working not only to solve the murders, but to eliminate himself as the prime suspect!
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781554702664
1554702666
Branch Call Number: JUV SERIES Nei
Characteristics: 303 p. : illus
Alternative Title: Marco Polo murders

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dl110
Feb 14, 2016

Counter Strike Global Offense or Call of Duty Black Ops 3

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keira123
Jan 24, 2016

I think i'm going to like it cause I thought that Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction was the first book so I put this one on hold so I think it's going to be awesome .

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Rian1
Sep 01, 2015

Neil Flambé is a 14-year-old chef of wonders. He can cook anything, and he brags that he can cook it better than anyone else. He’s cocky, but he may also be right. His customers pay a lot of money and wait months for reservations at his tiny restaurant in Vancouver. What many of Neil’s patrons don’t know is that he’s also a detective. It all started when he used his knowledge of cooking and his incredible sense of smell to accuse his mother’s client of murder. Ever since, Police Inspector Sean Nakamura has relied on Neil to help him crack case after case. Now, the city’s crime scene has taken a turn for the personal. Some of the best chefs in town are turning up dead. The cops are stumped; the only real clues are a mysterious smell and some equally mysterious notes that seem to have something to do with Marco Polo. As more chefs fall prey to the killer, Neil finds himself working not only to solve the murders, but to eliminate himself as the prime suspect! Chefs are being poisoned: along with the scent of masala chai, small papers with text are left with the bodies. Solving the mystery involves a knowledge of history as well as the culinary arts: history that Neil has omitted to study in his classes at school. Can he Solve it? Find out when you take this book out. This book will blow your mind. Why? Because the author’s plot holds until the end!

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new_art_form
Aug 24, 2015

Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murderers is the first book in the Neil Flambé series. It isn't my favourite, but I still think it's good and definitely worth reading. It's about Neil Flambé, who is a young chef prodigy who owns his own restaurant, and with the help of his cousin, Larry, and two identical twins, it turns out to be very successful. Also helping Neil with all his success and culinary fame is his extraordinary sense of smell, which he can use to indentify the contents of a dish from a different room.
He also uses his special sense of smell to help Sean Nakamura and the other police inspectors solve crimes and mysteries. This book is about a group of world famous chefs that have been murdered at different times by an unknown culprit. No one can seem to find a pattern in the attacks. In fact, the murderer left almost no clues behind, besides the strange smell that lingers on all of the victims.
This is where Neil and his sense of smell comes in, and with his help, they discover that the murders might all be linked to a journal kept by Marco Polo, a very famous traveller.
I would say that this book is for kids ages 8- 12, because some of the content is a little hard to understand. The book, like all the others in the series, is well written, with little puns and jokes that will keep you entertained. You'll most likely finish it and immediately start trying to find the second one.

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Sreeja2005
Aug 23, 2015

Kevin Sylvester has written a very entertaining book - Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders. He weaved in and out mystery, crime, history and fun in this book. It is also a nice read for food lovers.

KateHillier Feb 16, 2015

Neil Flambe isn't your normal 14 year old boy. He is culinary wunderkind. He runs his own restaurant and is almost as demanding as Gordon Ramsay. On the side is his job as "The Nose". Neil has a very, very good sense of smell and the police like to call him in to help out with identifying scents at different murders. In this first case of the series, chefs are dropping dead and the only clues are strange notes and a strange spice smell on the air. Will Neil figure it out? Will Neil continue to keep his restaurant afloat?

This was a fun book to read, and educational with all the bits about food and different dishes.

AbigailCurious Dec 05, 2014

Great! Funny, intellectual, cute spellbinding.

FindingJane Nov 15, 2014

The love of food, its preparation, tastes, odors and presentation form the main drive of this story. There is an intense rivalry among chefs and that passion fuels the mystery of who is killing the great chefs in the city. Neil’s superior olfactory sense coupled with his inability to read human beings means that he must rely to a certain extent on other people’s help in solving this deadly dilemma. This fleshes out other characters around him and leads to some very agreeable surprises. Neil is a wunderkind and arrogant like many such people. His snobbery and superior attitude have won him enemies in and out of the kitchen. Neil’s main contention with others is that they insist on seeing and treating him like a child, albeit an extraordinarily talented one. He thinks he’s superior to the people around him in a lot of ways and resents being dismissed. This attitude (for better or worse) creates a different kind of protagonist for a children’s book, making this story of interest even to discerning adults. All in all, this is a mystery series well worth pursuing. If you happen to adore food, that’s the icing on the cake.

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awesomer1404
Jan 30, 2014

great book, if you haden't read it yet, READ IT NOW

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greenacres
Dec 28, 2013

This is my Favourite Neil Flambé story, winner of the 2011 Silver Birch Award for fiction.

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swoel_1
Jul 29, 2011

A Gutsy Teen with the ability to make out-of-this-world food ventures out with his highly sensitive nose to capture semi-suicidal causing murderer who kills world-renounced chefs. One of a kind story; a classic.

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redpanda02
Mar 10, 2011

When famous cooks are getting murdered all over the city. All that is left on the body is a note, blue powder stuff, and a delicious smell.
Neil Flambe, a boy cook who can smell anything with his nose, is asked to help on this case.
But when Neil becomes a suspect, Neil has to find the murder. But how? And who is the murder? Read this book to find out........

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