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The Critic (The Enzo Files Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Peter May
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Book Description

The Enzo Files: Book Two.

GAILLAC, SOUTH-WEST FRANCE.

A bottled-up secret.

Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine.

A code to crack.

For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder lies in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews - which could make or break a vineyard's reputation.

A danger unleashed.

Enzo finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community riddled with rivalry - and someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again.

Please note this novel has previously been published in the US under the title THE VINTAGE CORPSE, but this edition retains the original title.

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    From the Back Cover

    Gaillac, South-west France.
    A BOTTLED-UP SECRET.
    Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine.
    A CODE TO CRACK.
    For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder likes in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews - which could make or break a vineyard's reputation.
    A DANGER UNLEASHED.
    Enzo finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community riddled with rivalry - and someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again.

    About the Author

    Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at the age of 21 and had his first novel published at 26. He then left journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. Now returned to novels, his outstanding China Thrillers series of books has won critical acclaim. As a mark of their respect for his work, The Chinese Crime Writers' Association made him an honorary member of their Beijing Chapter, the only Westerner to receive such an honor. Peter May is married to writer Janice Hally and lives in France.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1291 KB
    • Print Length: 303 pages
    • Publisher: Quercus (30 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CUE0CY8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" New York Times

    Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

    - the award-winning Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
    - the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
    - the Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
    and Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK) the latest of several standalone books.

    He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

    One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

    Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

    After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy - The Blackhouse - was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

    The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

    The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.


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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars In vino veritas... 25 Feb. 2012
    By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The second book in May's Enzo Files series (the first is Dry Bones which now seems to have been renamed as Extraordinary People) sees Enzo Macleod tackle another unsolved murder. Wine expert Gil Petty was missing for a year before his body turned up during the grape harvest in the Gaillac region of France. Enzo is soon to discover that Petty's is only one of several disappearances in the region - and it looks like someone wants to stop his investigation by any means available.

    This plotline gives May the opportunity to delve into the whole subject of wine making and tasting and he does so with a gusto that suggests it might be a favourite subject! As always May's in-depth research shines through - the reader gets a real sense of the whole industry surrounding wine making, tradition fighting with technology to survive in a cut-throat market.

    I am a big fan of May's books but I have to admit to preferring both his early China thrillers and his current excellent Lewis trilogy to the Enzo Files series. I find his habit of frequently dropping in French words distracting - although it's usually obvious from the context what they mean I find it breaks the flow of reading. Also, Enzo himself is not my favourite May hero. A middle-aged man, he seems to be surrounded by women who find him irresistible while he seems obsessed by their, shall we say, physical charms. His relationship with his daughter Sophie also doesn't ring true - does a 20-year-old really sit on her Daddy's knee and regularly cover his face with kisses? Yeuch!

    Despite these criticisms, the plotting is good, the descriptive writing excellent and I feel considerably more educated about the subject of wine than I was before. Recommended.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars reader 31 May 2012
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    The Vintage Corpse. Easy to read a good flow of words. But what a waste of wine!
    You think you knew who the killer was, but in the end it was not him at all. I do hope this person who is trying to kill Enzo do not succeed, Keep up the good work It is hard to find a good enjoyable read. Thank you Peter May.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read 7 July 2013
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    This again met all my expectations, another excellent book in this series. The storyline twists and turns as it unfolds and the amazing descriptions really bring the places, characters and winemaking to life. Looking forward to the next book
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage May a tale of wine and intrigue 9 Dec. 2013
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    A great story set amongst the vines, you cam almost taste the wine it is well researched and what fun peter may must have had learning about the tastings. Enzo is a great quirky character loved the book and all the series.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Critic 14 Feb. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A fantastically well written murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. It was also great fun reading about the Gaillac area as it's where we have a holiday home!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading 4 Dec. 2014
    By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Enzo Mcleod is a forensic expert living in France but of Scottish/Italian background. This is the second book in a series about this character and because there wasn’t a lot of reference to the first story which I haven’t yet read I wasn’t quite sure what was happening except that it appears that he has made a wager that he can discover the solutions to some unsolved mysteries. My lack of understanding of this background didn’t make any difference at all to my enjoyment of the book.

    In this story Enzo attempts to solve the mystery of the death of a well-known wine critic in a rural area of France. The book is set among the vineyards of the region and the author has done some impressive research into wine and how it is produced which appears in the book and enhances it significantly.

    Enzo is a very interesting character who is actually quite arrogant about his skills and annoys quite a few of the people involved in his investigation – especially the police when another body appears. He has a complicated love life but obviously enjoys his wine.

    I enjoyed this book immensely because of the way in which the author conjures up the French countryside, the vineyards and the wine. From his Scottish stories I knew that Peter May had the ability to show me a whole new place and immerse me in its culture – he does that again in this novel. I almost felt at times that I could taste the wine and see the dusty roads and the grapes ripening on the vines. I learned a little bit too about wine and how it is created without that in any way at all spoiling my enjoyment of the story or getting in the way of the plot.

    Even the best descriptive writer in the world needs a good plot to hold the attention of the reader.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 24 Nov. 2013
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    A great read. Could hardly put it down. Peter May manages in create a really exciting story while showing a great knowledge of France and wine. Believable characters too.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The critic by Peter may 30 Nov. 2013
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    Great reading kept you Interested to the very last page would recommend others to read it you won't want to put it down
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