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The Chef Who Got Fed Up

Short Story (1,850 words)

Anton Brunot, a great epicure, has given up fine cuisine. He explains that he ran out of money and was forced to work as a cook, but disliked it. Instead he took to burglary. He would send theatre tickets to prosperous house-owners, then burgle their premises while they were out, cooking himself a fine meal at the same time. One day his plan misfires and the outcome destroys his appetite.

 

This Week, 10 April 1955
Reprinted as "Cook Wanted", Argosy, December 1955
and in Australian Women's Weekly, 29 February, 1956.

Included in Crime and Detection, ed. John Higgins.