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Dead in the Dregs: A Babe Stern Mystery Hardcover – July 20, 2010

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Richard Wilson, a prominent wine critic, routinely makes or destroys the careers of winemakers in his popular newsletter, The Wine Maven. When he disappears after a tasting in California’s Napa Valley, his sister, Janie, asks her ex-husband, Babe Stern, to investigate. Babe gave up a successful career in the wine industry to run a local bar that does not appear on the tourist circuit. Working with the police after Wilson’s body turns up in a vat at Norton Winery, he uncovers a long list of possible suspects who would like to get revenge for the bad reviews that ruined their businesses. As Stern digs further into Wilson’s life, the trail takes him to Burgundy, France, and to the family of a young intern at the Norton Winery who was one of the few people in the winery when Wilson died. This is a well-crafted debut that will appeal to mystery fans interested in winemaking. --Barbara Bibel
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Product Details

  • Series: A Babe Stern Mystery
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; 1st Ed edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158243610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582436104
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,754,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Renowned wine critic Richard Wilson can make or break a winemaker with his critiques. He visits Norton's Winery in the Napa Valley, bit soon afterward vanishes. His sister Jane is frantic and turns to the one person she feels can find her brother. Jane asks her former husband, part owner of Poncho's, Babe Stern to search for Richard.

Babe investigates starting where Richard was last seen, the Norton Winery. He quickly finds his ex brother-in-law floating in a vat of Cabernet Sauvignon. Whoever left him there had smashed in Richard's head and cut off his hand. Babe realizes that Wilson had plenty of angry enemies in the winemaking business. However, as the local police affirm each adversary had an air tight alibi, the best lead in his mind is not local, but a former intern at the Norton Winery Jean who went home to Burgundy, France. There Babe runs up against walls of protection one of them by the winery families; of whom one is willing to float the nosy American.

Dead in the Dregs is an entertaining amateur sleuth that is at its best when connoisseur Peter Lewis focuses on wineries. The whodunit is well written as the hero invades France only to run up against a powerful protectionism while other critics are killed. Although why Babe would go to such lengths for his ex is not very clear as the characters are somewhat thin but readers will toast Mr. Lewis with a glass of Burgundy.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Paperback
I loved mysteries and I just happen to know the author as I have eaten at his 'spot' many a time. So enjoying wine and the pleasures of wine were also a good selling point to this book. I found it very entertaining and, actually, I could not put this book down! It was all it
said it was and I just wanted to go to France and tasta more vino! Thanks. Oh, is there an other Babe Stern mystery coming soon......
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Format: Hardcover
Lewis is a savvy scene setter and his readers will enjoy coming along on his travels through the vineyards of France and California. This story is so good I almost finished it in one sitting. Oenophile or not, readers of of Dead in the Dregs will be left thirsty for the next Babe Stern Mystery!
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Peter Lewis's Dead in the Dregs is a page turner with a twist--- by the time you're done, you know so much more about wine. With pacing and style to spare, Lewis brings the grape to real fruition. Bravo Hats & Eyeglasses: A Memoir
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