Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes by JA Lang

Chef Maurice is back and trying to solve another crime. This time around a wealthy wine collector has been murdered right in his own wine cellar and under the feet of a group of friends invited to a wine tasting. The butler behaves suspiciously (and, after all, isn’t it always the butler who did it?) and nearly everyone else is telling lies. Chef Maurice endeavors to figure it all out and catch the killer, even if he can’t figure out just who it is. Meanwhile, Patrick is convinced PC Lucy is seeing another man and concocts an elaborate plan to catch her and figure out just where he stands.

Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes, the second Chef Maurice book, is very slow for about the first half to two-thirds. Much of what happens is just filler. The side story involving Patrick and PC Lucy consists of a lot of set up and then just a handful of pages of resolution (albeit very good resolution) at the end. The Chef’s breakdown of who did it is excellent. The last third makes the book worth reading. Reading the first book first is not necessary, but will help with knowing who the characters are right from the start. Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes is a decent mind vacation and relatively fun to read.

3 (out of 5) Stars

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