Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes

Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes

by J.A. Lang


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Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes by J.A. Lang


In the rarefied world of wine collecting, murder isn't exactly a barrel of laughs...

An invitation to dinner at the home of renowned wine collector Sir William Burton-Trent soon finds Chef Maurice in the middle of an all-too-real murder mystery party, when Sir William is found dead in his own wine cellar.

The guests are acting all innocent, but which one is only playing the part? The pushy Californian film director? The seductive French winemaker? Or could it be, against all narrative decency, the butler who did it?

With the help of food critic friend Arthur Wordington-Smythe, a large kipper sandwich, and the newly formed Cochon Rouge Wine Appreciation Society, Chef Maurice must get to the bottom of matters before events turn decidedly sour...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910679050
Publisher: Purple Panda Press
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Series: Chef Maurice Mysteries , #2
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 1,047,969
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
I never have had such a hard time completing a book as I did with this one. I’ve never given a bad review, but this book was all over the board and hard to follow. Set in a little Cotswold village of Beakley; which is what attracted me to this read, and the character being like Columbo and Poirot, I set in to enjoy each page. I will try to read another one in the series sometime down the road and maybe it will settle better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful new series. Already bought the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun read. I like this style of humorous English cozy. The engaging characters from the first book are back again. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Chef Maurice is back. He gets him invited to dinner with wine collector Sir William Burton-Trent. Chef likes food and wine he always seems to be eating or drinking. During the evening Sir William has turned up missing. Sir William is found dead in a lock wine cellar. He has key in pocket and the other one is sealed in wax. So he was alone in a high tech wine cellar. Chef Maurice and Arthur Wordington-Smythe decide to solve the murder themselves. They find out a lot about wine collecting even go to a auction. Chef Maurice has his own restaurant. He has a wine cellar in his restaurant and some of his customers even store some of their private wines down there. He has a pet pig that he takes with him places. Arthur Wordington-Smythe is a food critic and has lots of wine too. He is good friends with Chef. This is a fun cozy mystery. I love the scene where the Chef gets stuck. I thought he was smart the way he found out some of the answers while using the cat to help him. I have never drunk any wine and still found this story interesting to learn about it and the world of collecting wine. I was given this ebook to read for free and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This second installment in the Chef Maurice Mystery series was absolutely wonderful. Like a fine wine, it seems this series will keep getting better with age. Ms. Lang certainly knows how to pen a wonderful story that draws the reader in. Her talent for writing a first rate mystery shows in this well plotted tale that kept me guessing right until the end. Author J.A. Lang has created quite a character with Chef Maurice. He can be a little cranky but you can’t help but like him. His character reminds me of a blend of Poirot and Columbo. And the style in which the author writes brings to mind Golden Age mysteries such as those by Agatha Christie mixed with a current feel. CHEF MAURICE AND THE WRATH OF GRAPES is a delightful bouquet that will fill your senses!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Ingredients for a perfect murder! Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes by J.A. Lang The Second Chef Maurice Mystery A country manor, a raging snowstorm, a mysterious stranger, and plenty of wine: ingredients for a perfect murder! Chef Maurice and his good friend, restaurant critic Arthur Wordington-Smythe, are visiting Bourne Hall for a dinner and wine tasting hosted by wine collector Sir William Burton-Trent. A handful of other guests including a Californian director turned vineyard owner, the granddaughter of a French wine family and her English husband, a wine critic, and an elderly relative make up the party. Things are not quite as jovial as they seem, however. When the cook discovers Sir William is locked in the wine cellar and won't respond to her knocks and calls, she fears the worst. In the Chef Maurice Mystery series we see a return to the golden age of detective fiction. More than the setting of a small village in the Cotswolds filled with unique characters, Lang follows many of the "rules" set out by these great authors, and does so in a natural manner. Lang is true to the rules of fair play. J.A. lays out the clues and the reader has as much opportunity to solve the case as Chef Maurice. A.A. Milne, in his rules for detective fiction, stated "There should be a Watson: it is better for the detective 'to watsonize' than soliloquize".* In Arthur Wordington-Smythe we find Chef Maurice's Watson. The golden age authors were quite fond of locked room mysteries. In Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes we get the special treat of having a locked door mystery within a closed room mystery! The victim is found in a locked wine cellar while our suspects are pretty much stranded in a country manor house. J.A. Lang puts a smile on my face. Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes is a fun clever novel. As a wine lover I quite enjoyed the focus on wines in this book and found the wonderful descriptions of food compelling as well as the different ways food is used. Food helps to solve one mystery and is also used to barter. In addition to Chef Maurice (my new gastronomical hero) and the murder mystery, we also have the conundrum that is the relationship between Patrick and PC Lucy. What is she hiding? Is there another man? Should he be worried? Then there's the great fun that kitchen commis Alf brings. And I can't forget the wonderful Hamilton. I love that pig and the way Chef Maurice treasures him. Lang has created a world where I want to visit. With hints of farce that keep me smiling and, above all, a finely crafted mystery, Lang has written a great book in her most wonderful series. * Milne's rules were published in a reprint of his only detective novel The Red House Mystery. For more information see Martin Edwards, The Golden Age of Murder HarperCollinsPublishers Great Britain 2015.