Short and suspenseful cozy mystery focusing on Montmartre, a uniqu ...
Short and suspenseful cozy mystery focusing on Montmartre, a unique neighborhood of Paris, with its special ambiance and its own vineyard!
I particularly enjoyed this 8th volume in the Winemaker Detective Series, with a mystery within the mystery, and several layers opening the possibility of many suspects, always a plus for a good amount of suspense.
One day, Benjamin Cooker, this unique detective and expert in wine, receives a mysterious letter from a woman. She says she’s the director of a hospital for elderly people located in Montmartre, a neighborhood of Paris. A tiny vineyard is on their property, and as it is in bad shape, she invites Benjamin to come have a look and do what needs to be done to recover its goodness. Who is this woman? Benjamin will discover if she’s legit or not when he eventually gets there to visit.
Well, on his way, he witnesses the wine shop of his friend Arthur being broken into, and its owner attacked by a man wearing a ski-mask.
With his assistant Virgile, Benjamin tries to find out why. Is life catching up with him? Arthur spent twelve years in the French Foreign Legion in Africa. Did something happen before that? Or during his time of service? Or since, as he is the best wine merchant in Montmartre, with plenty of jealous competitors? Or is a woman behind it? His former girlfriend whom he broke with suddenly? Jealous husbands?
As you see, plenty of possible leads to make you wonder and keep you interested to the end.
Add to that the Montmartre ambiance, with its cafés where gossip is plentiful, and good wine and good food too, of course. There’s also a neat passage on the history of vineyards in that neighborhood and a cool wine tasting session.
What was very good too, especially if you have followed the series so far, is that actually Benjamin recedes humbly in the background and this time, it’s Virgile himself who follows his intuition and arrives at the correct conclusion of who did it and why.
As extra material, you might want to go read the translator’s account of her visit to Paris, as she discovered the places she had been translating about in that book. Really neat piece.
By wordsandpeace via Barnes & Noble | September 4, 2015
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