Review: The Bordeaux Betrayal by: Ellen Crosby

by - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Title: The Bordeaux Betrayal
Author: Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Scribner
Series: A Wine Country Mysteries #3
Pages: 370
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Ellen Crosby's third tale of suspense set amid the vines of Virginia wine country involves a two-hundred-year-old bottle of Bordeaux that Thomas Jefferson may have purchased for George Washington and is turning out to be a wine to die for.
It has been a year since Lucie Montgomery took over running her family vineyard at the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The Bordeaux Betrayal now sweeps her into a mystery that began more than two centuries ago in France and ends in murder not far from Montgomery Estate Vineyard.

When author and historian Valerie Beauvais turns up dead the night after a verbal brawl with a noted wine critic on the grounds of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, Lucie is certain Valerie's death is related to something she knew concerning the authenticity of the priceless Washington Bordeaux.

As Lucie and her eccentric winemaker Quinn Santori bring in the last grapes of the season, Quinn's controversial past becomes intertwined with the murder and the rare wine, testing the bonds of their increasingly close relationship. New neighbors challenge Lucie for allowing a century-old hunting club to use her land for foxhunting; Mick Dunne, Lucie's ex-lover, comes back into her life; and her beloved French grandfather makes an unexpected visit that will rekindle painful memories some would prefer to forget.

As Lucie investigates the shadowy history of the Washington wine, she uncovers a web of deceit and betrayal and a long-forgotten scandal that affects not only the international wine world but her own as well.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Lucie Montgomery who is getting ready for an auction of Washington's wine that was never received.  Many seem to want this bottle of wine, which for Lucie means more money for kids that really need it.  When Valerie tells Lucie she wants to tell her the history of this bottle of wine Lucie reluctantly waits to see what Valerie has to say but when she's a no show Lucie goes looking for her and finds her car flipped upside down with a very dead Valerie inside.  Who killed Valerie and why?  

Lucie's also having company in her french grandfather Luc is in town and adding to the great story that is told.  Also we see what is going on with Quinn who seems to be all over the place,  and dealing with an ex-wife he'd rather forget.  As well as Dominique who is now un-engaged as she and her boyfriend broke up.  Joe the ex of Dominique has been spotted around Valerie did he have something to do with her death?

There is so much going on and the story involves history of Jefferson and Washington as well as current times.  I really enjoyed it  Ellen Crosby is like a fine wine getting better all the time!

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