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by Dick Francis
     
 

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Wine merchant Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun's over when a team of hit men crash the party…literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of suspicion—and sets off a mystery that's an intoxicating blend of deception, intrigue, and murder.  See more details below

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Wine merchant Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun's over when a team of hit men crash the party…literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of suspicion—and sets off a mystery that's an intoxicating blend of deception, intrigue, and murder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The narrator of Francis's 26th mystery is Tony Beach, a young widower who fights his grief by keeping busy at his wine shop and by socializing. Eventually he teams up with private detective Gerard McGregor to find the hijackers of several trucks of spirits; the pair then take on a case involving the adulteration of whiskey and wine at a cafe. In rapid order the cafe's steward is brutally murdered, and Tony and Gerard just miss being killed. Tony's severest test occurs at the ``stunning climax of what may be judged the best of Francis's bestsellers so far; it's a corker,'' PW commented. (April)
Larry King
"The best writer in the mystery genre...you will be involved from page one." -- U.S.A. Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425203934
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
317,708
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 4.34(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1920
Date of Death:
February 14, 2010
Place of Birth:
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
Place of Death:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Education:
Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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JustSumGuyInNC More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered Dick Francis and have read a handful of his books, including one co-authored with his son, Felix. Opening one of his books is like putting on a favorite pair of comfortable slippers. The stories are not overly long so the reader is spared excessive details. Plot lines move along and interest is maintained. There is no undue profanity or sex, which is a welcome change. This story¿s protagonist is a widower still coming to grips with the untimely loss of his wife. He takes refuge by immersing himself in the running of his small wine shop and catering service. When a tragedy occurs at one of the events he is catering, his expertise in wine and spirits is sought out by both police and private investigators, not without endangerment to his personal life and limb. The reader sympathizes with this quiet man and marvels at how his unique knowledge ultimately leads to the solution of the crime. This book provides a very satisfying reading experience and is highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is vintage Dick Francis. The hero is a widower wine merchant, who teaches us about whiskey and wine-making. The characters were well-sketched, their motivations clear. The story was intriguing. The hero is not physically tortured as much as usual in Dick Francis' novels, a welcome change.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I enjoyed this book very much . I thought the characters were well fleshed out and interesting .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was moved AND I learned about wine in a non-painful manner
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Dick Francis' books are always uplifting but this portrayal of loss and depression is moving, touching and ultimately, again, uplifting. For those who have doubted themselves, lost a loved one and moved beyond the dark places, this book will resonate.
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nookerod More than 1 year ago
A very easy and fun read but complex enough to be interesting.
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