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Montmartre Mysteries (Winemaker Detective) Paperback – September 3, 2015
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“You can’t really escape the past, can you? ‘What is past is prologue.’”“Who said that?”“William Shakespeare, my boy.”“Uh huh. ‘You can’t undo the past, but you can certainly not repeat it.’”“Where does that quote come from?”“Bruce Willis himself."
Another Wine Dectective mystery. I love that these are readable in a few hours, and not too violent. Or, maybe, the violence often happens "offstage". This new one, Montmartre Mysteries, follows that trend.
Lord Benjamin Cooker and his long suffering wife Elizabeth, as well as his assistant Virgille Lanssien are back in the latest work to be translated from Le French Book. This one takes us to Montmartre, but also connects with the French Foreign Legion, PTSD, rival onephiles and Virgile's repeated attempts to win Triathelons. We get not only a vitner's view of this lovely part of France; we also learn a bit about impressionist paintings,a soupcon of opera, and a bit more of the life of the Wine Detective as Cooker is wined, dined and as observant as ever.
As usual, a lovely trip into parts of France we Americans know little or nothing about.
It's the eighth book of The Winemaker Detective Series, you can read without difficulty as stand alone but also recommended to read the others, are short and pleasant readings.
If you love wine, its history and Paris, this is a book not to be missed.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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.
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