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Summary

Gaillac, southwest France.

An unsolved case.

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

An uncracked code.

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.

An uncorked criminal.

Enzo finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a backstabbing community riddled with rivalry - and someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again.

©2013 Peter May (P)2018 Quercus Publishing

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Like a good wine.

When I lie awake worrying. It is good to have something to try and detract me. This was a great story, well read and gripping.

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The two Peters on top form as usual.

Always entertaining and informative, Peter May's crime fiction transcends the boundaries of its genre. Learned more about wine from this thrilling story than from a sommelier in a French chateaux.

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excellent book

Had a true to life feel to the story

I wanted it to on for longer

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Another hit from Peter May<br />

The second Enzo MacLeod story, finally on Audible! An interesting plot, well read as usual.

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  • Eleanor
  • Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
  • 19-03-18

Disappointing

The background detail was laid on very thickly and overpowered the action rather than complementing it.

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  • Linda
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 11-03-18

A dip in the usual standard

I wondered why I had missed this instalment of the Enzo Macleod stories and now see it has only just been released on audio. Possibly it had been passed over some years ago because it was not thought sufficiently good - and if so that decision was correct. I am a great fan of Peter May and I have enjoyed the Enzo series but this one doesn't really cut the mustard. The wine detail is over the top, the startling effect the ponytailed Enzo seems to have on every woman he comes into contact with likewise. I shall certainly listen to any new Enzo story - but for anyone considering this particular book, don't - choose one of the later stories in the series and enjoy.