A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winemaker Detective Mysteries #10: Late Harvest Havoc by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen

Late Harvest Havoc by Jean-Pierre Alaux &  Noël Balen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 167 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Le French Book
first published in French 2005)
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Winemaker Detective Mysteries (#10)

The tenth satisfying addition to the Benjamin Cooker series begins with a macabre little opener to set the mood. This time, Benjamin and Virgile are on a whirlwind tour of Alsace and a small section of Germany trying to uncover the identity of a vandal who is chainsawing rows of young grape vines from various vintners with apparently no connections. They end up uncovering gossip and family secrets that lead full circle to the opening setting for a broody and moody ending. I always say this, but what I love about this series is that each one is different, we never know what is going to happen besides being immersed in the glorious world of decadent french food and wine (plus stinky cheese in this book). Late Harvest Havoc brings a particularly grim but still cozy mystery which I loved and devoured in one sitting.

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