TITLE: The Case of the Voracious Vintner
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: The Middlemark Mysteries
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: Jan 29, 2019
Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.
Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all his customers. Bo tries to help Jeremy and even provides a phony alibi for Jeremy when Ottersen turns up dead in Jeremy’s tasting room. But it’s clear Jeremy isn’t who he claims, and Bo must decide if it’s worth tossing over his established life for a man who doesn’t seem to trust anyone. When Jeremy gets kidnapped, some of the conservative winemakers turn out to be kinky sex fiends, and the list of murderers keeps dwindling down to Jeremy. Bo has to choose between hopping on his white horse or climbing back in his peach-pie-lined closet.
I loved everything about The Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain. This is the second book in The Middlemark Mysteries, and there are cameos of Dr. Llewellyn Lewis and Blaise from the first book in the series, The Case of the Sexy Shakespearian, who are planning to have their wedding at Bo Marchand’s winery and end up helping to solve this mystery also. I loved getting to see them again and how happy they are. The book is full of twists and turns and complex characters and details that have you looking one way and convinced of who the bad guy is going to be only to be completely blindsided by who the bad guy ends up being. I loved how I was kept guessing, and it made the book fly by. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for the next book in the series.
I loved Bo Marchand. I didn’t particularly like his family, but he was a good son to take them all in when his father died, and their company went under. I liked that he held his ground about staying in California and continuing with his successful winery when his mom wanted him to take over the family business and stay in Georgia. Bo is one of the top winemakers on the central coast of California and has a soft spot for newcomer, beautiful and slightly mysterious, Jeremy Aames. Jeremy is a super talented winemaker, but his vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all of Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all of his customers.
I loved Jeremy. He’s surrounded in mystery, but he’s stubborn also. He is completely determined that Ernest Ottersen is out to get him and put his small vineyard out of business and he can’t figure out why he’s the only one being targeted. But even when the evidence shows that it couldn’t be Ernest, he’s still determined that it is. Who else could it be? You will have to read the book to find that out.
I also loved the chemistry between Bo and Jeremy and how they work together to figure out what is going on and who’s sabotaging Jeremy’s vineyard.
Overall, a lovely mystery/suspense book that I would recommend to everybody.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis