A diverting and witty crime novel by the renowned author of A Year in Provence.
Hollywood lawyer Danny Roth is the victim of a world-class wine heist – and he is devastated. Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur, and expert on cultivated crime, is called in by Roth’s insurance company, now saddled with a multi-million-dollar claim. His leads take him first to Bordeaux’s magnificent vineyards and then to glorious Provence. Along the way, bien sûr, he’s joined by a beautiful French colleague, Sophie. In their quest to discover the truth, Sam and Sophie must explore many a château and its contents.
The unravelling of this ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle’s seductive rendering of France’s sensory delights. From the fine wines of Bordeaux to the bouillabaisse of Marseille, this is pure vintage Mayle.
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"Great story of greed and intrigue"
About half way up - good for detail, less so for reading
The detail of the locations, wines and countryside
She tried, but was handicapped by being an American lady reading a book by an Englishman set in France
The agony of listening to French names and words being mangled by American pronunciation
How about using English readers for English books - they'll have to speak slowly for American listeners of course?
"Private detective story at Mayle's style"
One Wine enthusiasist loses worth of 3 million collection of Bordeaux wines. Special private detective is assigned by insurance company for quest to get bottles back. This to France flying private detective is not interested just for lost bottles. He is more interested in gourmande cousine and wine of France. In France he gets woman as an assistant who is also enthusiaist of food and wine. They find out that there is a person who is interested of buying Bordeaux bottles, but to meet person they must first travel to Marseille.
To check his wine cellar they must make a plan to be private writers of world's best wine cellars...
No certain place is introduced in this book, but it's definetly written in Mayle's style.
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