The Critic : Enzo Macleod 2 Paperback
by Peter May
Part of the The Enzo Files series
THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE BLACKHOUSE AND COFFIN ROAD HANDS FORENSIC SLEUTH ENZO MACLEOD A NEW COLD CASE.
GAILLAC, SOUTH-WEST FRANCE. An unsolved case. Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine.
An un-cracked code. For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder lies in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews - which could make or break a vineyard's reputation.
An uncorked criminal. Enzo finds that beneath the tranquil facade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community riddled with rivalry - and someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/07/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781782062097
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Review by Eyejaybee
Enzo Macleod is an unusual character. Coming from a mixed Scottish-Italian background he had formerly served as a highly qualified and respected forensic scientist in Glasgow before decamping to France where he now lectures in biology at the university of Toulouse. His personal life is complicated and he has two daughters (both predictably beautiful, feisty and drawn to men whom Enzo distrusts) by different mothers.In the previous (first) novel in this series ('Extraordinary People') Enzo had solved a famous cold case, one of seven detailed in a book by journalist Roger Raffin. Following on from that success Enzo now turns his attention to the murder of world-renowned wine critic Gil Petty who had been found dead in the grounds of a vineyard in the Gaillac region. Peter May clearly does a lot of research for his books, and in this one he manages to convey a huge amount of information about the history and techniques of commercial wine production, though he handles his material deftly, and never lets the stream of facts detract from the flow of the narrative.I felt that this was, perhaps, a little weaker than the previous novel, but it still held my attention closely and very enjoyable.