The Claret Murders

The Claret Murders

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by Tom Collins
     
 

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An inheritance at risk and the discovery of an extraordinary cache of old wines during Nashville’s history-making flood leads to foul play and death in this Mark Rollins mystery adventure. The old man finished a glass of wine—his favorite claret—went to bed, and died. Now more than fifty years later, a stunningly beautiful Nashville attorney, Ann

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An inheritance at risk and the discovery of an extraordinary cache of old wines during Nashville’s history-making flood leads to foul play and death in this Mark Rollins mystery adventure. The old man finished a glass of wine—his favorite claret—went to bed, and died. Now more than fifty years later, a stunningly beautiful Nashville attorney, Ann Sims, is preparing to auction off his estate—a derelict old mansion with its long-forgotten secret. Sims has lived with a secret of her own, a secret that could cost her the fortune she is in line to inherit and end her career. Beautiful women can make poor choices in men. She is no exception. Afraid, for good reason, of the possessive and greedy men in her life, she turns to Mark Rollins for protection. Rollins, the central character in Collins’ mysteries, is a modern-day hero—a protector, problem solver, and crime fighter. His “superhero-like” powers are technology, extraordinary wealth, and friends in high places. This time his technology is failing him as he tries to keep Ann Sims alive—his efforts thwarted by Nashville’s failing infrastructure in the wake of the massive storm and flood that provides cover for bad things.

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A twisty little mystery involving a secret wine cellar. Mark Rollins is one of the blessed: He's retired but picks and chooses mysteries to unravel. He's rich, well-connected and has a cadre of smart, loyal employees who toil at his secret, high-tech intelligence-gathering operation, situated in the backrooms of his women's health club in Nashville, Tenn. The mystery involves a gorgeous partner in a law firm who's getting serious grief from a number of the other partners, each and every one "an asshole," including her ex-husband, her relatives and a local cop who ran over her dog. Collins keeps the story motoring with writing that is frank but not scant, muscular but not tough-guy, something akin to the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He artfully drops hints that things are not as they seem, but he can also be clunkily explicative: "I understand Ann. I've read David Buss' work on evolutionary physiology, and according to him…" and strangely abrupt: The victim takes Mark into her confidence though she doesn't know him from a backhoe. There's precious little shading of character--each is the epitome of whatever: creep, babe, good guy, especially Mark, who leads a Panglossian, unfettered existence. Still, when the great cache of wine enters the picture and then a roaring storm comes down to swamp the landscape and the cellar, Collins deftly moves the story forward, and frankly, the reader really wants to know what happens to the wine more than Ann, Paul and the rest of the no-goods. Collins has a nice way of evoking Tennessee, its pace and proprieties and politics, from the spicy Zumba rhythms of a local club to the breeching banks of the Cumberland River. Somewhat formulaic but nonetheless fun and atmospheric Southern murder mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940046139860
Publisher:
Tom Collins
Publication date:
08/30/2014
Series:
Mark Rollins adventure mysteries
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

M. Thomas (Tom) Collins is one of the pioneer entrepreneurs of the information technology industry. The London-based publication Citytech called him an outstanding individual and visionary when he was named one of the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders in the legal community. Tom is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US publication Law Technology News for his contribution to the use of technology in the legal community. Although now retired from the commercial world, Tom Collins continues to write and speak on management and pen his Mark Rollins adventure series of mysteries.

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The Claret Murders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write more already!
AMRaines More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, great characters, entertaining read, especially if you know law firms, lawyers, wine and/or Nashville. Just as good as the previous three books in the Rollins series