Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review: Dealy Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen

Deadly TastingDeadly Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well first, I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

The book Deadly Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux, was interesting, but kind of boring to me.

I found the main character Benjamin to be interesting, and same with his wife putting him on a cabbage soup diet. I also thought the wine information was interesting even though I don't drink wine. But I was lost in the middle of the book, there was a lot of WW11 info and about wine. That was of course intersting.

I don't feel the characters were developed as well as they should have been, I kept losing track of who was who. The book did read fast, and was interesting, and the main story line of a murder, with 12 wine glasses is great, I just think there needed to be more to this plot.

I recommend this book to others who like French wine and history. I thought I would have liked the history part but the presentation of it was boring.
I do love the cover on this book.

What Goodreads says the book is about:
A serial killer is on the loose in Bordeaux. A local chief detective calls wine expert Benjamin Cooker to the crime scene of a brutal murder. The killer has left a strange calling card: twelve wine glasses lined up in a semi-circle with the first one filled with wine. Cooker is charged with the task of identifying the fabulous grand cru and is astonished by what he learns. A second victim is found, with two glasses filled. Is the killer intentionally leaving clues about his victims and his motives? Memories are jogged about the complicated history of Bordeaux during Nazi occupation. It was a dark time: weinfuhrers ruled the wine trade, while collaborationists and paramilitary organizations spread terror throughout the region. In present-day wine country, time is running out. Will Cooker and his young assistant Virgile solve the mystery before all twelve glasses are full

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1 comment:

Olivia-Savannah said...

It's a shame that it didn't catch your interest too much. It sounds like it is good if you are very much into history, which I am, so maybe I should try it!

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