Virginia winemaker Lucie Montgomery returns for her third oenophilic mystery in Ellen Crosby's The Bordeaux Betrayal. The story begins with Montgomery organizing a charity auction featuring a rare and valuable bottle of wine that Thomas Jefferson supposedly bought for George Washington.
When a wine expert casts doubt on the bottle's authenticity and turns up dead shortly thereafter, Montgomery uncorks a hotbed of mystery, murder and deceit in Virginia's wine country. As is the case with a lot of traditional mysteries, the plot of The Bordeaux Betrayal is somewhat improbable, but it's the author's deft use of the story's small-town setting and the charms of its heroine that make it a winner.
The plot unfolds at a nice pace, in fairly bloodless fashion. For those who like their mysteries on the gentler end of the spectrum, Crosby's series is definitely worth a taste.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, September 21, 2008