“Did you know indeed there is still a vineyard growing in Paris? You will learn more about it in Montmartre Mysteries.
I particularly enjoyed this 8th volume in the Winemaker Detective Series, with a mystery within the mystery, and several layers opening the possibility of many suspects, always a plus for a good amount of suspense... plenty of possible leads to make you wonder and keep you interested to the end. Add to that the Montmartre ambiance, with its cafés where gossip is plentiful, and good wine and good food too, of course. There’s also a neat passage on the history of vineyards in that neighborhood and a cool wine tasting session.
What was very good too, especially if you have followed the series so far, is that actually Benjamin recedes humbly in the background and this time, it’s Virgile himself who follows his intuition and arrives at the correct conclusion of who did it and why.
As extra material, you might want to go read the translator’s account of her visit to Paris, as she discovered the places she had been translating about in that book. Really neat piece.
VERDICT: Short and suspenseful cozy mystery focusing on Montmartre, a unique neighborhood of Paris, with its special ambiance and its own vineyard!” —Words and Peace. Read full review here.