Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Bordeaux Betrayal: A Wine Country Mystery Review

The Bordeaux Betrayal by Ellen Crosby

When Valerie Beauvais, author of a book on Thomas Jefferson's travels through the wine regions of France and Italy, turns up dead near Lucie Montgomery's Virginia vineyard, Lucie is certain Valerie's murder has something to do with the authenticity of a 200-year-old bottle of Bordeaux Jefferson may once have purchased for his good friend George Washington.

Though Lucie plans to auction off the valuable bottle at a charity fundraiser, it soon becomes apparent others want to get their hands on what's quickly becoming a wine to die for.

As Lucie and her eccentric winemaker, Quinn Santori, bring in the last grapes of the season, Quinn's controversial past becomes intertwined with Valerie's death and the rare Bordeaux.

What begins as Lucie's quiet investigation into the provenance of the Washington wine ends in revealing a web of deceit and betrayal affecting not only the international wine world, but her own world as well.

My DH and I both enjoyed this mystery, the glimpse into the wine business, and, at the end, a bit of history about Washington and Jefferson history that I never heard in any history class. It was a nice cosy listen on a rainy day.


TheEclecticElement said...

Oooh, I'm always up for a good cozy :D
Thanks for the review!

Book Bird Dog said...

Sounds like anothe good wine mystery! With a little bit of history thrown in!

Ms. Lucy said...

It does sound like a wonderful mystery. Thanks for the review:)

Nonna (Chèli) said...

I read the first in this series and have checked the second out from the library. I knew there was a third, but now I know there's a fourth, I'll need to get moving. Thanks for the review!

Kaye said...

Never heard of this author but the book sounds good. I like a little history with mystery.

Susieqtpie said...

I've read a lot of mysteries but not a wine mystery! How fun!!