"There has been a subtle shift in the Winemaker detective series in last few books. They have gotten a little less cozy and a little darker. This doesn’t mean that the series still isn’t cozy or that all have a sudden Alaux and Balen have become Nordic crime writers. And the change, to be frank, isn’t bad, and is for the better.
... Benjamin and his assistant Virgile are in Alsace to taste the wines. Naturally, this means something is going to happen. First someone dies, and then it turns out the grape crops are under attack.
Someone’s assaulting the vines.
... all the winning parts of the series are still here, and the shift seems to bring them out more. It’s like another type of wine with a different bouquet.
The descriptions of Strasburg, in particular of the clock, are wonderful. One is transported to the country side and the various wineries by the descriptions of the mountains as well as the actual farming itself. The writing has vim and vigor. You are in many ways being treated to a literacy movie, one that calls for wine and cheese instead of popcorn.” —Book Likes. Read full review here.