The Critic

The Critic

Book - 2007
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Gil Petty, the world s number one wine critic, went missing during a tasting tour of the little-known wine region of Gaillac. Three years ago, his body was discovered strung up on a cross in a vineyard in southwest France. Dressed in the ceremonial crimson robes of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Divine Bottle (an ancient society dedicated to promoting Gaillac wine), the semi-decayed body had been preserved in red wine before being planted like a scarecrow among the heavily-laden vines. His murderer was never found. Petty s influence was powerful. A single good review meant overnight success for a winemaker; a single bad one spelled ruin. Possible clues to his murder lie in Petty s reviews, but they are locked behind the seemingly unbreakable code he invented to keep them secure from prying eyes prior to publication. A leak to the public would have allowed wine speculators to reap rich rewards. Scots exile and former forensics expert Enzo Macleod reopens this well-chilled case to discover that the genteel world of winemakers hides a business driven by greed, envy, and desperation. In the idyllic vineyards, Enzo finds no shortage of possible killers, including some local winemakers, members of the Brotherhood of the Divine Bottle, and Petty s daughter, Michelle. Enzo, fortified by copious quantities of wine, hunts an elusive murderer who is quite prepared to kill again."
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781590584583
1590584589
Branch Call Number: May, P
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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