"As in all the Winemaker Detective stories, Benjamin Cooker and his trusty assistant, Virgile, are in another area of France, tasting and helping winemakers with their vintages. This time they are in Alsace.
It is always informative reading these books as I come away with a deeper knowledge of wines and the areas from which they hail. This time there was some history as it is an area that has vollied back and forth between France and Germany.
Someone is vandalizing the vines just as the late harvest is almost ready. With power shears, the vines are being chopped down and the local police are at a loss to figure out why and whom.
Benjamin uncovers the scoundrels, and there are several to go around. Despite an injury, he saves the day once again.
Over and above the knowledge one gains from these books, they are a quick and fun read. It is impossible not to like Cooker who enjoys life to the fullest. It is fun to read how he interacts with the locals and his assistant.
If you have yet to discover this series, the first three books are being published as an omnibus for a very reasonable price. It would be an economical way to be introduced to Cooker.
I am glad he is someone whom I gotten to know.” —Fuzzy Thoughts