Peter King has contributed a light, witty entertaining mystery series to the culinary mystery subgenre. His novels are filled with recipes, culinary trivia, details of food preparation and ethnic cooking, and information about the everyday functioning of a gourmet restaurant’s kitchen. Each work takes readers on both a food-oriented tour and a tour of an interesting locale, such as New Orleans or the vineyards of Provence, France. The Gourmet Detective mysteries have received enthusiastic praise from mystery readers and critics for their unique combination of a well-written mystery with an informative discussion of food preparation and recipes.
King’s Jack London series combines the historical mystery with the thriller and real-life characters with fictional events in mysteries that both entertain and inform the reader. King has enjoyed the same enthusiastic response to this series as he has to his Gourmet Detective series. The first novel of the series, Jewel of the North (2001), was named a Top Pick by Romantic Times magazine.