Max Maguire of the NYPD, daughter of a legendary NY cop and a French mother disowned by her aristocratic family when she married, met examining magistrate Olivier Chaumont over murder at the wedding of an old friend in the Champagne wine region. They remained on-again-off-again partners and lovers over more murder again, this time in Bordeaux. And now, six months later, Max is on her way to Burgundy where it's time to give up her promising career and commitor split.
Murder occurs. There's a mystery girl, American. Fractured families. Motives aplenty. But the story's real fascination lies in two things French: the wine culture and French inheritance laws which are convoluted and guaranteed to spark family wars, even unto death. And the French justice system functions differently which frustrates Max, an action-oriented, straightforward investigator, and causes some friction with Olivier. Janet Hubbard wraps up her Vengeance in the Vineyard trilogy with a surprise and solutions that will please readers.
About the Author
Janet Hubbard is author of the Vengeance in the Vineyards series; Bordeaux: The Bitter Finish and Champagne: The Farewell. She has also written more than twenty nonfiction books for teens. She divides her time between Vermont, Virginia, and France.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Burgundy: Twisted Roots” earns 5/5 Glasses of Burgundy…À Votre Santé! I eagerly started Janet Hubbard’s Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery series with “Burgundy: Twisted Roots,” the third book released in September 2017, and having read the synopses and reviews for the first two books and the backstory and character connections revisited in the third, I did not have that newbie handicap. Janet starts off with a difficult family issue: Max and her mother Juliette, and her not-so-eager father Hank, are heading to France to reconnect with Juliette’s mother: a difficulty since the last time Juliette and Hank were with her family she was being harassed and subsequently disinherited because she choose to marry an American. A year ago Max had met her grandmother when she was part of the security for an American wine critic, and she was eager to have everyone together. But, returning to France isn’t all family reunions, Max is anticipating her romantic reunion with Olivier Chaumont, an examining magistrate. There had been a couple of failed opportunities for a marriage proposal, and over the past six-month separation, they had been texting, emailing, disappointing FaceTime, and even sending a few heartfelt handwritten letters (well, he did). Max is very excited to reconnect, and maybe make some decisions about pressing a ‘proposal.’ Beyond the engaging family and relationship dramas, intriguing descriptions of wine and food, and fascinating and informative references to wine lore and culture, we have a missing girl. Lucy Kendrick had shown up wanting to work in the vineyards, lore paints ‘ill’ happenings when women are in the vineyards, but this white-haired, blue-eyed American, some think may have a ‘nose’ for wine, has got everyone’s attention. Next she’s gone without much of a trace, and Max and Olivier are enlisted to find her and unravel the mystery that surrounds her. Then reports of a party, the girl was a guest, and a death of private investigator Laroche…murder? The girl just went from victim to possible suspect. Well, it isn’t as simple as that with all of the twists and turns, photographs and eavesdropping, and more are put in jeopardy. This is a great ending to a marvelous series! “Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own.”