Several years ago, 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, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Divine Bottle and preserved in red wine before being planted like a scarecrow in a vineyard in southwest France. His murderer was never found. Possible clues to Petty's murder lie in his 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. Fortified by copious quantities of wine, Enzo hunts an elusive murderer who is quite prepared to kill again. Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at 21, and had his first novel published at 26. He then left journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. A Vintage Corpse is the sequel to Dry Bones and second in the Enzo MacLeod series. Peter May is married to writer Janice Hally and lives in France. www.enzomacleod.com
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The critic of the title was a renowned wine critic whose opinions in his newsletter could make or break a vintner. He disappeared four years previously and his body has just turned up dressed in the garb of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Divine Bottle, his body obviously having been immersed in wine. The case was one of five unsolved mysteries in a book, the first of which was solved by Enzo Macleod, a Scotsman now a professor of forensics in France.
Enzo now travels to Gaillac, a wine-producing section of France, to look into the critic's murder, and discovers a series of other seemingly unrelated disappearances. There are plenty of suspects and too few clues. Complicating the task are several problems, including the critic's secret code for evaluating the wines he tasted, as well as inter-personal relationships.
The novel is so well written, the background of the production of wine and descriptions of the elements so well done, that the reader is...
First Sentence: There is a smell among the vines.
Former forensics expert, Enzo Macleod, takes up his second challenge of solving seven unsolved murders written about in a book by Roger Raffin. Gil Petty was the world's leading expert. His review could catapult the price of a particular wine, or destroy a winery until he went missing. No one expected he would turn up three years later as a scarecrow in a vineyard having spent those three years in someone's wine vat.
There are two major factors which influenced by feeling toward this book: the characters and the mystery. The character of Enzo, for me, was annoying; almost distasteful to the point where I'm not certain even the author likes his character. Enzo was arrogant, disrespectful and dismissive to others. He assumed no one knew as much as he did. He has an assistant, Nicole, who is one of my favorite characters. She is smart, gutsy and guileless and Enzo treats her rudely. He complains about one...
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (8/07)
Enzo Macleod is off and running in the investigation of a murdered wine critic. His body was actually found four years ago hanging on a cross in a vineyard in France. Apparently, prior to being crucified, his body had spent about a year marinating in a vat of red wine. Enzo uses his knowledge of forensics to help crack this case. He also is in contact with the deceased man's daughter, who happens to be attracted to older men, such as Enzo. While this case is being investigated, more killings occur.
Enzo discovers a link between crimes that happened two-hundred years ago and now. He also needs to find out why the wine critic was wearing ceremonial garb of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Divine Bottle. As he gets further involved, he discovers that his own life is in danger. He is determined to solve this case before another murder occurs. Narrowing down the list of suspects is difficult; Enzo even...
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