“This is a 'lifestyle' series made of classic wines, old wine making families and their estates, genteel epicurean drinking and dining, fine cigars and, in this book a luxury vacation destination.”

"The latest in 'The Winemaker Detective' series has wine expert and guide-writer Benjamin Cooker and his enterprising assistant Virgile involved with a drought in Margaux. A secondary plot line is that Cooker's daughter, also named Margaux, throws a little mayhem into his life when he suddenly realizes that she is independent and maybe even sexually active. An obsessive personality, Cooker wants only the best for his daughter and he has her marital future a bit too well-planned for today's culture. For example: she likes his assistant, Virgile but Cooker feels he doesn't have the kind of money her husband should come with and he knows Virgile has a 'wandering eye' for young women.

Both plots quickly come together when Margaux seems attracted to Antoine Rinetti, the handsome new manager of a wine estate in Margaux. Rinetti is definitely 'sold on himself'. He drives a flashy new Porsche whereas Cooker favors classic luxury vehicles like his beloved Mercedes 280 SL full-sized convertible. Rinetti definitely seems to be the 'predatory' type where women are concerned.

Early in the book Rinetti is killed and Margaux is injured when the Porsche goes out of control. The mystery is afoot! Plenty of people have no love for Rinetti. He has a past in financial services where he helped people with money to hide to find discreet investments. Currently he has been employed by an insurance company to turn what was a family winery into a big money-maker. This has already involved draconian staff cuts, with locals being replaced by illegal immigrants.

Fans of the series will remember that mystery is only one part of the charm of these books. This is a 'lifestyle' series made of classic wines, old wine making families and their estates, genteel epicurean drinking and dining, fine cigars and, in this book a luxury vacation destination--a summer rental villa on Cap Ferret.

As usual, one event tips the balance and the mystery is quickly resolved toward the end of the book--almost before any real procedural work plays out. Hard-core mystery fans will not appreciate this aspect of the series. Its fan base is readers who like 'cozy' mysteries, the culture of the French countryside, solid details about wine grapes and wine making and tasting and the like. Read one of these books when you can't travel to France or take it along for a beach read. You should be well-pleased.” —4-star Netgalley review

Mayhem In Margaux