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The Bordeaux Betrayal (Wine Country, Bk 3)
The Bordeaux Betrayal - Wine Country, Bk 3 Author:Ellen Crosby 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 Beauvai... more »s 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« less
This is book three in the Wine Country Series that has Lucie Montgomery running her familys Virginia vineyard.
After Valier Beauvais has a rather heated argument she is found dead in Lucies estate. Though death is nothing new to the Montgomery Vineyard, but this is surrounding the mysterious circumstances of a bottle of priceless Washington Bordeaux; you know the wine that was a gift between Thomas Jefferson and George Washington (you remember your wine history, right) Lucie is to get to the bottom of this murder and save the reputation of her vineyard before the auction that will either make or break her reputation and a local charity.
This book goes a little deeper into wine history which on the surface can be a bit interesting, especially when you get an added lesson on red wines. Unfortunately, the whole circumstance on why Valerie is murdered in the first place is a bit ridiculous. It was rather contrived and seemed as if Cosby was grasping at straws.
On a higher note, Cosby does do a little more personality development and reoccurring characters have their rather secretive pasts explained.