Dying on the Vine

Dying on the Vine And the main course isrder Animated by a passion for food wine and justice the Gourmet Detective travels to Provence to investigate a shadowy business deal between two vineyards But before he can ev

  • Title: Dying on the Vine
  • Author: Peter King
  • ISBN: 9780312966836
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • And the main course isrder.Animated by a passion for food, wine and justice, the Gourmet Detective travels to Provence to investigate a shadowy business deal between two vineyards But before he can even sample the delights of Pate de Grives on triangles of hot, crisp toast, he encounters a corpse leaning against a cart in the vineyard Was he really gored to death byAnd the main course isrder.Animated by a passion for food, wine and justice, the Gourmet Detective travels to Provence to investigate a shadowy business deal between two vineyards But before he can even sample the delights of Pate de Grives on triangles of hot, crisp toast, he encounters a corpse leaning against a cart in the vineyard Was he really gored to death by sangliers, wild boars rud to live in the abandoned caves surrounding the village And why would a tiny vineyard want to buy out its enormous neighbor and competitor at any price Has one of them developed a wine to die for Trusting In Vino Veritas, the Gourmet Detective follows his palate through a host of Provencal delicacies and sanguinary divertissements while a brilliant killer with exquisite taste prepares to serve him his last meal

    One thought on “Dying on the Vine”

    1. 2.5 stars. This murder mystery has plenty of culinary tidbits and mouth-watering descriptions of food, but the mystery itself had so many narrow-escapes for the gourmet detective that I started rolling my eyes. I won't be continuing with this series. For murder mystery seasoned with food descriptions, I will stay with Diane Mott Davidson, although I will concede Peter King has a more sophisticated style.

    2. If you're on a diet, you may not want to read this series. The Gourmet Detective's author is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and he loves describing various foods and the wines that go with them. The story takes place in Provence, with side trips to Monaco, and abandoned towns. The owners of a large winery want to know why a wee winery is offering to buy their vineyard for a price way over market value. The Gourmet Detective is hired to find the answer. He was not hired to find all the bodies, but h [...]

    3. A new taste in reading This is a great way to learn the ways of French wine and food while delving into a one of a kind mystery. There are twists and angles that keep the reader guessing and anxiously reading. I love the way king paints pictures of the land and people and history that really make you want to be right there seeing smelling living.

    4. GoodIf you're interested in details of Provencal cooking and wine this would ba five star rating. As a mystery it is average. It has some interesting history woven into the narrative so in my view it ends up three star.

    5. I'm enjoying this series! I'm learning a lot about food I'll never eat!! I enjoy the main character and the mysteries.

    6. I wanted to like this book, but I found it a little slow for my liking. Also, the actual murder mystery was a bit hokey.

    7. Okay, hmm I've read the whole series now. I'm not going to do individual book reviews, some of them are better than others, but they're all enjoyable, quick reads. Then again, throw gourmet food and wine into anything and I'm likely to add some points to it in my mind. Bizarrely, though, given that I gave all the books three stars, I don't know that I recommend them. Had they been written fifty years ago, I'd give them some more slack, but here are my issues with, well, all of them:The gourmet d [...]

    8. Forgettable really. I had to read the last few paragraphs to remember the story each night. Something about murder at a winery and someone dowsing for gold/oil/water, wild animal attacks, caves in the hillside, some flying machines, cars, good-looking women, yachtsI just did not relate to his style of writing. It felt very male, educational, choppy. Not what I look for in a summer novel. And I love anything relating to fine wine, food & etc. this one did not whet my appetite or take me on an [...]

    9. This book was not as good as the first two in the series. :( I had a hard time making myself read this book. I understand that the main character in this series is called the Gourmet Detective, but the huge description of the food he was eating is getting old. I truely feel that is the reason I did not enjoy this book as well as the others. I will be a trooper though and try to read the next one!!!!

    10. Another pleasant tale, this time placed in Provence, France. The mystery part is minor; I love the descriptions of the food and wine and the countryside. One star shy of 5 because I find not knowing the name or age of the narrator precious at best, in addition to the author's 13 year old's attitude toward women. So far these books have been stand alones with only the narrator reappearing.

    11. HB-B @ 1998, 6/17/07. In Provence, the Gourmet Detective, visiting a vineyard, finds the gored body of a stranger draped over a cart. He finds himself in mortal danger when a villager standing next to him is killed by a crossbow, and he is nearly drowned in a suspicious accident. Okay.

    12. Any mystery with food and wine involved is right on my list. I learned some things I hadn't known about the wine industry, and a good mystery to boot!

    13. Loved the food and wine descriptions. Learned a couple of things about wine. A light read; not too hard to figure out the mystery, but I'd read his other books.

    14. "Dying on the Vine" - written by Peter King and published in 1998 by St Martin's Press. A ho-hum gourmet detective mystery.

    15. If you like food, wine, and Provence (and I do), mixed with a mystery, this is a quick, fun read for you.

    16. I liked it but it was a bit cliché even for a vacation read. Well enough written in terms of prose, though.

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