Neil Flambé and the Crusaders Curse

Neil Flambé and the Crusaders Curse

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The sudden disappearance of fifteen-year-old Neil Flambé's skills as a world-class chef leads to the closing of his restaurant, a cook-off to save his reputation, and the discovery of a dark curse that has plagued Flambé cooks for centuries.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, c2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442442870
1442442875
Branch Call Number: jPAPERBACK
Alternative Title: Crusaders curse

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FindingJane Nov 18, 2014

As the ever clueless Neil Flambé tries to get his cooking business up and running (Mr. Sylvester doesn’t hold back when he shows what a difficult and expensive endeavor it is to run a restaurant, even one as seedy as Chez Flambés), he is beset by a new problem—a seemingly ancient curse set upon him by a deceased Crusader. The problems mount in a dizzying pile but the characters, now well established and alternately endearing, frustrating and funny, handled them with their usual flair. They are now more or less a well oiled team—except for Neil who insists on flying off half cocked (or is that half baked?) in order to deal with matters on his own. Neil’s abrasive tone has become a little more tempered but we recognize the passionate heart that beats beneath that gruff exterior and it makes him oddly appealing. Even when he storms, rages or snaps at his irrepressible cousin (a brilliant foil for him), we know that there’s no real malice or hatred beneath it. This new mystery takes the reader through history and across the globe. Mr. Sylvester’s books educate as well as titillate; each one opens a new chapter on the world, sprinkling interesting tidbits about various subjects. They are sly attempts to educate the reader as well as the fuming Flambé who is reluctantly coming to realize that all his schooling isn’t necessarily a waste of time. These are adult books cleverly cloaked as children’s fare and thus a treat for readers of any age.

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NorthleaDBB
Apr 24, 2013

I thought that this book was pretty good because it includes all of the old characters like Isabella and Angel but it was not as good as the other two Neil Flambé Books.

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booma10
Apr 22, 2013

This book was an OK book but got kinda boring in certain parts. But it was okay still.

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northleareaderAB
Apr 15, 2013

I thought this was a really well written book, because it had a lot of different genres like mystery, horror, comedy, and even some romance. At first all the different plots were confusing, because they kept changing, but as the book went on, it became more clear.

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UCANBURPKNOW
Apr 08, 2013

I didn't kind of like this book because it wasnot exciting like the other books.

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Kathrine1234
Apr 02, 2013

This book was not one of my favourites but it was funny i think the story line could have been better but i truly think people how like mysteries and comedy should read this and i am not one of those people

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elisalovesbooks13
Mar 28, 2013

Definitely not my favourite, the book felt constantly continous and I just couldn't read on with excitement or interest

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Northleasbp
Mar 17, 2013

as always the Neil Flambé books are fun to read. I liked how even though it is a mystery book there is also a lot about cooking as well. I also liked how funny the book was. one thing I would change about this book is that I would add more detail about the lives of the flambés in the past

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thereader321
Mar 16, 2013

LOVE IT!!!! It's really funny, and you should definitly read it.

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SilverBirchTeam
Mar 04, 2013

Cool Author Fact: Between 1999-2006, KEVIN SYLVESTER was a popular sportscaster on CBC radio, covering 4 Olympic Games!

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Nov 29, 2012

sam4me thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14

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Feb 20, 2012

NSabet thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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blex123 Nov 29, 2012

Neil has just turned fifteen. Instead of having a goo day, he has a terrible one. All his dishes seem to have something wrong. The worst part is, the restaurant is shut down because of a food poisoning case. Soon, Neil finds out that a curse form the 1200's is at play, and that to beat it, he must face his toughest, most powerful competition yet... Deep Blue Cheese.

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