Roux Morgue
Claire M. Johnson

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Narrated By: Christine Williams

Duration: 7 hours and 15 minutes

What to expect

San Francisco pastry chef Mary Ryan is back teaching at her old alma mater, trying to straddle the worlds of both her original mentors and her contemporaries. To make matters worse, Homicide Detective O’Connor has enrolled as a student, claiming to be on disability from the San Francisco Police Department. In the middle of this turf war, Mary is confronted by the dean Robert Benson, who tells Mary she must either force Coolie Martin to leave the school or lose her job. Why would Coolie’s father, a member of the Board of Directors, allow this? But when faculty and staff begin dying, Mary thinks that Coolie’s forced exit might only be part of a larger, more sinister plot. Acting on a hint from O’Connor, Mary contacts the only person who can help her: her nemesis, Thom Woods. Will Mary and Thom uncover the truth before another chef bakes his last pie?


Crime and mystery: women sleuths, Crime and mystery fiction

Listen to a sample

“Johnson’s best Mary Ryan novel yet! Roux Morgue is a sacher torte of a book, delightfully layered with prose, plot, pace, and character. Dig into Roux Morgue immediately! And order anything this terrific cozy writer whips up in her highly talented and well-stocked literary kitchen.”

Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier

“Superior…This enjoyable romp should gain Johnson new fans.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Williams’ breezy tone offsets the tension of the mystery and heightens both the mouth-watering kitchen scenes and the back-alley murder settings…provides the listener with a feast of adventure and a soupçon of romance. Pick up a fork and indulge.”


“Food Channel addicts will enjoy the inside details on cooking-school politics, while fans of quirky mysteries will like the outrageous adult behavior on display.”

Library Journal

“Johnson wraps her story with details of kitchen lore, and the twists and turns of the plot leave readers guessing.”


“Sexual tension, cooking tips and a neatly packaged mystery. All in all, a tasty tale.”