New Book Recommendation: A Bloody Vintage by E S Lyne

More French rouge than Scandi noir

Escape with this new crime novel set among the vineyards of southwest France. First in a series by E S Lyne, A Bloody Vintage, comes with an acute sense of place, taut plot and reluctant amateur detective.

Franklin Starr is happily enjoying the good life in his house with its estate-agent views in a village outside Saint-Emilion in southwest France. The occasional cryptic crosswords he still compiles for his old employer The New York Times, fertilise his mind, while long, lazy lunches in his many favourite restaurants nourish his body. The numerous fine local vintages of the region feature widely. What could possibly disturb this vie en rose?

An unexpected call from a long-lost goddaughter and a shocking death will turn the mellow red of his life into sharp, potentially toxic, vinegar within the first chapter. He is thrown into a complex mesh of greed, betrayal and murder that ranges from Saint-Emilion to Paris to Hong Kong. Who can he trust? Will he uncover the truth before he becomes the next victim?

E S Lyne is an English financial journalist, analyst and small-time wine collector. A Bloody Vintage has matured in oak barrels for two years before bottling, and with careful storage, will last for 30 years or more. Santé!

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