The Critic

The Critic

Book - 2016
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"This is a mystery with Gaillac flavor to be savored" --Mystery Scene Magazine

"A finely crafted and surprising mystery" --Kirkus Reviews

The body of Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a French Gaillac vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine.

For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder lies in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews, which could make or break a vineyard's reputation.

As he digs deeper for the motivation behind the shocking crime, Macleod finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community characterized by a deadly rivalry--and home to someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again to stop the investigation.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781681443621
Characteristics: 290 pages ;,23 cm

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dubonnet
Aug 06, 2018

I've enjoyed his Lewis series, but this is the 2nd book I've read featuring Enzo Macleod.
It promised to be a good mystery at the start, and I enjoyed reading about wine production in France and the contrast with the US. I found the ending to be rather contrived and unbelievable. The constant coming and going of the various female characters and the author's preoccupation with describing figures and many references to large breasts turned me off. Also the fate of the "character" Braucol was upsetting. A disappointing read.

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dondi49
Feb 08, 2014

Enzo MacLeod #2

akarenina Oct 17, 2012

TMI about wine making and criticism that became didactic after awhile. Interesting characters, though.

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