By John ~ April 9th, 2010.
A classic “who-dun-it” with an interesting twist at the end, Peter Mayle’s The Vintage Caper is a book you should read, especially if you like to sip a glass of wine as you read crime fiction. This is the first of his twelve books that I’ve read, but I now wish I had read some of the others.
The story revolves around the theft of over $3,000,000 of great vintage Bordeaux wines from the cellar of a big-time, rich, self-absorbed LA entertainment lawyer named Danny Roth. Not satisfied to just own all of this great wine, he needed the ego-satisfaction of others knowing about his great collection, so he arranged for a big spread in the paper about it. Not such a smart move.
Sure enough, it wasn’t long until someone who had read about his collection plotted to relieve him of the biggest gems from his cellar. While Roth and his family were on a holiday vacation, his property caretaker was bribed to let a group posing as an ambulance crew make off with the wine. The rest of the book revolves around the efforts of his insurance carrier to find and recover the stolen wine in order to avoid paying the huge insurance claim.
There is constant tension between the obnoxious Roth and the claims adjuster, Elena Morales, who initially thinks Roth might have arranged the theft himself to collect the insurance money. As the search for the wine and the thief continues, under the direction of former non-violent criminal and Elena love-interest Sam Levitt, the story moves from LA to Paris to Bordeaux and finally to Marseille to the cellar of a rich Frenchman named Reboul.
What happens next, the interesting twist at the end, I’ll save for you to read for yourself. Believe me, you will like it! So pick up a copy of The Vintage Caper today and start reading.
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