And the main course is...murder.
Animated by a passion for food, wine, and justice, the Gourmet Detective travels to Provence to investigate a shadowy business deal between two vineyards. But before he can even sample the delights of Pate de Grives on triangles of hot, crisp toast, he encounters a corpse leaning against a cart in the vineyard. Was he really gored to death by sangliers, wild boars rumored to live in the abandoned caves surrounding the village? And why would a tiny vineyard want to buy out its enormous neighbor - and competitor - at any price? Has one of them developed a wine to die for?
Trusting "In vino veritas", the Gourmet Detective follows his palate through a host of Provencal delicacies and sanguinary divertissements while a brilliant killer with exquisite taste prepares to serve him his last meal....
©1998 Peter King (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Glorious menus...infused with a love of food and place, this third case sits just right on the palate and earns five stars." (Booknews)
"King spins another...mystery treat." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It is a very interesting story and the narrator puts energy into the scenes. I started to read the book, but found the beginning slow; with the audiobook, however, the story came alive.
There are many memorable moments in this book---the caves on the hillside; the great mosquito; the ancient ruins---not to mention the deceptions of all the delicious meals.
I especially liked the scene in which the gourmet detective dozes off, and, half asleep, finds himself being approached by the giant flying... insect(?) that dumps a beehive on him.
Mystery and wine make a heady combination when the Gourmet Detective is hired to find out why a small, unproductive vineyard in France won't sell to its more productive and influential neighbor.
An original plot; and not too heavy with detail, (except perhaps the gourmet details). Light, enjoyable entertainment---perfect for a warm summer's day or a cozy winter evening by the fireplace.
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