Tony Chu is not your regular detective. He is a Cibopathic--he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Getting these impressions can be a great asset to solving cases, as long as he is willing to take a bite out of a corpse. His ability comes to the attention of the most powerful law enforcement agency: the Special Crimes Division of the FDA. They want him to investigate some of the strangest cases, and a lot of cold cases. The question is: is Tony literally willing to take a bite out of these cases?
Taster's Choice is the first book in the series, and it was a good start. It is a familiar enough tale with a talented detective potentially uncovering a huge conspiracy, yet it offers a new twist to keep you interested. When I first heard about it, I immediately wanted to read it. I thought this sounded like an awesome version of the psychic working to solve crimes. It was definitely a unique approach to the classic whodunnit, and I have high hopes for the series.
It was an amusing book, but despite the obvious funny nature of it, there are some serious points as well. Some interesting characters were introduced, that I look forward to seeing again. The world set up was intriguing. There was a good balance between initial world building and leaving some mystery to discover later in the series. For example, why are beets the only thing Tony can eat without receiving impressions? I think there is great potential for this to be a decent series.
If you are looking for a new twist on a detective series, I would recommend trying the Chew series.