• The Critic

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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The Critic

By: Peter May
Narrated by: Peter Forbes
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Publisher's Summary

"This is a mystery with Gaillac flavor to be savored" (Mystery Scene Magazine)

"A finely crafted and surprising mystery" (Kirkus Reviews)

The body of Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a French Gaillac vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine. 

For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder lies in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews, which could make or break a vineyard's reputation. 

As he digs deeper for the motivation behind the shocking crime, Macleod finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community characterized by a deadly rivalry - and home to someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again to stop the investigation.

©2007, 2013 Peter May (P)2019 Quercus

Critic Reviews

"May knows how to create believable characters. Their fears, actions, and reactions sweep up the reader. May has won dozens of awards for his incredibly high-volume of high-quality writing. If you have never read one, this is an easy introduction to his satisfying mysteries." (Deadly Pleasures Magazine)

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A lazy job of writing

Hard to believe that this Peter May is the same writer as the Peter May of Blackhouse. Blackhouse was first of all well-written; this book isn't. Lots of clichés, lots of lame writing about what people's eyes are communicating. A plot that relies on a bumbling protagonist and shallow characterization. A obsession with women's breasts. Lots of information about the wine-making in the countryside near Cahors, but that's all. Silly mistakes of diction (using 'anxious' to mean 'eager' more than once). I really did double check that there weren't two Peter Mays. I can only surmise that he wrote this one in a hasty month or two.

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Peter May is full of cheap emotional tricks

This is my 5th Peter May novel, and I just can’t do it anymore. His stories are predictable and full of cheap emotional tricks. I thought that once you figured out he’s trying to pull tears out of his readers for effect, you could just ignore those parts, but then I read the Critic. When he hung the puppy, I quit. What a jerk.

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Long and boring

Have enjoyed some of May’s other books, but not this one. Quit once early on, then picked it up again to give it a chance. It didn’t get any better or more interesting. Felt like the author may have been bored, too. Being left hanging at the end didn’t sit well. Won’t be buying the next one.

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Reader was terrific

Good story. Lots of detail. The reader did accents very well. American, French, Scottish