Review & Giveaway: Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes by J.A. Lang
Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes
by J.A. Lang
Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes (Chef Maurice Culinary Mysteries Book 2) Genre Cozy Mystery (English Village, Culinary) File Size: 489 KB Print Length: 168 pages Publisher: Purple Panda Press (July 13, 2015) ASIN: B00WET7X64
An invitation to dinner at the home of renowned wine collector Sir William Burton-Trent soon finds Chef Maurice in the middle of an all-too-real murder mystery party, when Sir William is found dead in his own wine cellar.
The guests are acting all innocent, but which one is only playing the part? The pushy Californian film director? The seductive French winemaker?
Or could it be, against all narrative decency, the butler who did it?
With the help of food critic friend Arthur Wordington-Smythe, a large kipper sandwich, and the newly formed Cochon Rouge Wine Appreciation Society, Chef Maurice must get to the bottom of matters before events turn decidedly sour…
Another fun adventure of Chef Maurice and his friend, food critic Arthur. It was a fun read, brilliant, with some twists, an intriguing mystery to solve and a bit of romance.
Sir William Burton- Trent is a great wine expert and has often helped Chef Maurice in the choice of wines for his restaurant. He organizes a dinner at his house to give a brief tasting lesson. He invites some friends, wine experts from around the world. Unfortunately that night Sir William is found dead in his wine cellar. The room was locked and the key was in the owner's pocket. Who can be a murderess? American man working in the movie business? The Butler? Chef Maurice with great humor and with the help of his most trusted aides will lead us to the solution of this case.
The characters are all really cute, impossible not to love them. Chef Maurice is a great protagonist, hilarious with his French accent, a passion for good food and infallible intuition to solve murders. He's head chef and owner of Le Cochon Rouge, a restaurant very chic but also the only one in the village. He alternates his time between the kitchen and the investigation with his friend Arthur, his employees Patrick and Alf, and a member of force, PC Lucy.
I love everything about this novel: the cover, Cotswold, the small English country in which it is set, the plot so well structured, the various references to wine and food, the love story nascent between Patrick and Pc Lucy . It 's written really well, in British English.
It's the second book starring Chef Maurice, do not need to read books in sequence. I can not wait to read the next adventure ....
I recommend it to those who love cozy mystery and novels of Agatha Christie.
About The Author
J.A. Lang is a British mystery writer, and author of the Chef Maurice Mysteries series.
She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, an excessive number of cookbooks, and a sourdough starter named Bob.