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Book of the Week - Week 3


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I wrote this up for Amazon on Monday, but I forgot to put it in here. D’oh. Chalk it up to doing print advertisments for 140 or so charities for the CFC, and getting swag for reviews by Amazon. Yay print design work! Boo for explaining web quality vs. print quality graphics. Anyway. here’s the book.

When I picked up The Bordeaux Betrayal, I had no idea it was the third book in the series. I picked it up mainly because I had just finished reading The Billionaire’s Vinegar and thouight it would be a good plunge back into fiction after that.

I found this to be one of the best mysteries I have read in years. All of the characters are well developed, albeit flawed individuals and I had a hard time putting it down.

The book is told from a first person perspective by Lucie Montgomery, the main character in the book. Lucie is 30-ish owner of a vineyard preparing for a charity wine auction. The prize piece from this auction is a Jeffersonian wine that was meant to be a gift for George Washington, but when an irreputable writer on wine hints to Lucie that there is something amiss with the bottle, Lucie begins to wonder if she has a fake on her hands. Things compound when this writer, who is also having an intimate relationship with the man she believes to be her cousin’s fiance, turns up quite dead the next day.

From there the book spirals into a mystery filled with a large array of characters, all of whom are interconnected as both friends and neighbors with attitudes and alliances constantly shifting. The end of the whodunit is a bit out of left field with another murder, the invoking of Godwin’s Law, and a slightly unsatisfactory ending, but make no mistake about it, the book is a high paced page turner with a lot of detail to not only the character’s personalities, but the surroundings of the Virginia Wine region.

I was also quite happy that the book stands alone on its own. Having not read either of Ms. Crosby’s previous two novels in this series, I was a bit worried that there would be a lot of continuity and back story that would be needed in order to enjoy the book. I am happy to say there is no issue as such, and that I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

This was a great little find, and although it has a few small flaws that were mentioned above, I think The Bordeaux Betrayal is a wonderful book that will appeal to most mystery fans.

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