A runaway international bestseller and winner of Spain's top literary prize, Little Indiscretions is part ingeniously entertaining whodunit and part sparkling social satire. Business is slow for Nestor Chaffi, pastry chef to the rich and famous, until he's invited to cater a party in a villa on the Costa del Sol. When Nestor is found frozen to death in a walk-in freezer with a tebook in his hand, the party guests gathered that evening are the natural suspects. But who could have it in for a harmless cook? The answer, it turns out, is just about everyone who happens to be staying in the house. Nestor, while quietly stirring his sauces and whisking his egg whites, had decided to publish a compendium of gastromic secrets that revealed, along with the culinary tricks of his trade, more than a few damning details of the hosts' and houseguests' private lives. To what lengths would they go to ensure that Nestor maintained a more permanent sense of discretion? Not since Nick and Nora Charles's last cocktail party has such a merry band of mischief makers convened in one place. Little Indiscretions marks the discovery of a phemenal writer with tremendous flair. It's a gourmet treat readers will pounce on. From the Hardcover edition.
Carmen Posadas was born in Montevideo and is the daughter of a Uruguayan diplomat. She lived for some years in London, where her father was ambassador, and also in Buenos Aires and Moscow. She is also the author of Five Bluebottles, which Random House will publish in 2004, and several bestselling books for children. Little Indiscretions, first published as Pequenas Infamias, won the coveted 1998 Planeta Prize in Barcelona and has been translated into twelve languages. Posadas now lives in Madrid. From the Hardcover edition.