The Bitter Finish (Vengeance in the Vineyard Mysteries)
Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464201523, 310pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Champagne: The Farewell has the character of a fine wine, sparkling and flavorful, with just a touch of malice.' --Craig Johnson. Now comes Bordeaux, The Bitter Finish, a treat for fans of Peter Mayle Vintage Capers and Ellen Crosby's The Merlot MurdersIn Bordeaux: The Bitter Finish, thirty-year-old, NYPD detective Max Maguire returns to France as bodyguard to a famous American wine critic. But when her client turns up dead in her hotel room, and a precious bottle of wine goes missing, Max has no choice but to team up with examining magistrate and former lover, Olivier Chaumont. Max, using aggressive tactics learned from her homicide detective father, stays one step ahead of Olivier in the investigation. Olivier's more elegant approach takes them into the heart of Bordeaux society where he is sure the murderer and some fine dining lurks. Is a counterfeit wine operation with ties to New York somehow connected to the critic's murder? Readers are introduced to the fascinating world of fine wine, and to a cast of characters (and suspects) sure to keep even the most discerning critic on the edge of her seat.