Winemaker Detective #3!
I now have a new favorite line from a book: “I’m buying mustard.”
Once again the authors have shifted a step in where they focus the story, continuing to round out the entirety of their character and his life. This time they focused much more in depth on the places, the people, and their respective histories, with whom Cooker interacts. A prevailing theme was to understand the region through it’s religious history – local superstitions and where they came from, as well as the influence and legacy of the nearby monastery. I found the reaction of the locals to “supernatural” events interesting, as it came across much more matter-of-fact than many other works I’ve read. Many times an unknown phenomenon is either held up as something to be feared, or revered, and in this book, my impression was more “oh, that’s just the annoying neighbor we have to deal with”. It was interesting!
On the other side of that coin though, this was also the darkest, most “mysterious” and “dangerous” of the mysteries in the series so far. The resolution surprised me, as I was not expecting it at all. The tale was a little less of a light-hearted who-dun-it, and delved into some deeper themes. Well-crafted, as always, so an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Nightmare in Burgundy is also the most sensory of the books so far. The reader is treated to lush descriptions of the smell and taste of the food, the wine, and the cigars, while also taken around the area in the plush purr of Cooker’s beloved car. I enjoyed the richness of immersion by the details – something each title has done well, and really draws the reader in.
Another book I’m happy to recommend!