“This is a quick, pleasant read, a good introduction to the country's culinary charms and regional beauty. It's also a primer in the art and science of blending aged wines to produce fine cognacs.”

Like the previous books in the series, this is a quick, pleasant read, a good introduction to the country's culinary charms and regional beauty. In this case, it's also a primer in the art and science of blending aged wines to produce fine cognacs. The setting is what makes the charm of this series - and it's always convincingly described, appealing to all senses. Packed with drama and wine-related knowledge, what keeps this from descending into the rural mayhem of cosiness of the long-running Midsomer Murders series on British TV is that dash of realism. In this instance, however, I could have done with a little less love interest and a bit more mystery. It remains, however, a delightful way to while away a winter afternoon, reading in front of an open fireplace, glass of brandy in your hand.” —Crime Fiction Lover

Cognac Conspiracies