Chas Wheatley, a food writer with a taste for sleuthing, discovers something is rotten with Washington's most popular new restaurant. The head chef is missing, and not only is the food suffering, but no one can give her a straight answer as to his whereabouts. But the chef isn't the only one who's mysteriously disappeared. Bodies begin surfacing around the nation's capital, confounding the police.
Chas, though, has a few advantages they can't possibly match: a clever eye for detail, a love of good gossip, a talent for digging up the truth, and connections in the newspaper and restaurant worlds. Diving into the investigation, Chas sinks deep into the underbelly of the culinary business and onto a twisted trail of deceit, blackmail and murder only she can solve - if she lives long enough.