Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein

The history of wine fascinates me, as do the characters that are often associated with the modern wine world. These two facets are what led me to read Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein. A bottle of wine with unbelievable historical significance has gone missing from a prominent Napa Valley Estate, and Woody Robins is hired to solve the case. Woody is not your typical investigator, in credentials, in approach, or in style. His quirky attitude and dress often make him stand out rather than blend into his surroundings. While this first book is very heavy in character descriptions, by the end of the story I found myself rooting for this crazy fool with the big heart. I enjoyed the setting of San Francisco and California wine country and although the mystery was not complex, I enjoyed the build-up. This is a great read for those who do not like bloody violence in their mysteries.

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