Culinario Mortale: A Recipe For Death
It was New Year’s Eve at the luxurious McGregor restaurant, which sat majestically atop a mountain peak above the medieval village of Kenlaig in the Scottish Highlands. It had been snowing heavily since the morning, and the three-star chef George McGregor had closed his renowned establishment, as he did every year, in order to celebrate with his family and employees in an intimate setting.
At 63, George wanted to retire in the new year. That’s why he announced that he would be revealing his successor this evening. Everyone was awaiting his decision with bated breath.
The two chefs, Marcus and Henry, both competing to be George’s successor, served an impressive four-course menu. Everyone ate and drank copious amounts. The evening promised to be an unforgettable one.
To everyone’s surprise, George did not announce his successor during dinner, but by midnight, when the New Year was due to be welcomed with a glass of champagne on the terrace, the evening has taken an unfortunate turn. As the fireworks from the village below started flaring up on the horizon, the renowned chef was found dead on the terrace. Judging by the position of his body, somebody had thrown him head first over the balcony.
The police were informed immediately. Because of the heavy snow, they will not reach the remote restaurant for another few hours. Until the emergency services arrive, you are all on your own in solving the mystery. What happened this evening? How could this New Year’s celebration have ended so tragically?
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