Thursday, August 6, 2015

Book Review: Chef Maurice And The Wrath of Grapes

Author: J.A. Lang
Title: Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes
Publisher: Purple Panda Press
Publish Date: July 10, 2015
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Book Blurb: 
In the rarefied world of wine collecting, murder isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs…

An invitation to dinner at the home of renowned wine collector Sir William Burton-Trent soon finds Chef Maurice in the middle of an all-too-real murder mystery party, when Sir William is found dead in his own wine cellar.

The guests are acting all innocent, but which one is only playing the part? The pushy Californian film director? The seductive French winemaker?

Or could it be, against all narrative decency, the butler who did it?

With the help of food critic friend Arthur Wordington-Smythe, a large kipper sandwich, and the newly formed Cochon Rouge Wine Appreciation Society, Chef Maurice must get to the bottom of matters before events turn decidedly sour…

Review: Chef Maurice is back and better than ever.  When a wine collector is found dead in his own wine cellar, things start to get crazy.

There were a lot of things I loved about this book.

1. Waffles the cat and the kipper sandwich that helped uncover a clue as how William's killer got in.

2. The reappearance of Hamilton the pig. I love this pig!!!

3. Chef's use of the word "Allonsy!"  Yes, he's French, but I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and seeing that word in print made me squee with joy!


3. Patrick and his relationship with PC Lucy. Ahhh they are they so sweet.  I loved the extent Patrick will go to make her jealous, but that's all I'll say there.

4. Chef Maurice's quirky way of finding the killer. All cozy mystery sleuths get into trouble on their quest to solve a mystery, but Chef does it in a really fun way.

5. The attention to detail that JA Lang gives to wine. I actually felt like I learned a lot about wine collecting while reading this book. Its hard to imagine buying a bottle of wine and not drinking it.

If you are looking for a great new series, you can't pass this one up. You really don't have a clue who the killer was until it is revealed, because there are so many people that just might have a reason to commit the crime.

Loved this book, and can't wait for the next one!

Rating: 5 flowers


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