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Author: Peter May Narrator: Peter Forbes Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Series:The Enzo Files Release Date: January 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781529403060

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"This is a mystery with Gaillac flavor to be savored" --Mystery Scene Magazine

"A finely crafted and surprising mystery" --Kirkus Reviews



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

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.

As he digs deeper for the motivation behind the shocking crime, Macleod finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community characterized by a deadly rivalry--and home to someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again to stop the investigation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I loved the first in the series, but was somewhat disappointed in this one. But I like Enzo and shall continue with the next in the series. "

    - Anne, 11/6/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked the first one better, but still enjoyed this wine-centric mystery. I worry this series will make me drink too much! I always find myself craving a glass of wine/champagne/whiskey when reading these books! "

    - Treasure, 9/5/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another wonderful Peter May story with Enzo returning to solve the crime. Very enjoyable read and one where you have a chance to figure out the killer just before the end. "

    - Bill, 6/3/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Much prefer the writing in the Lewis trilogy. Find Enzo an irritating character. "

    - Anne, 5/28/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A Scotsman solving mysteries in Southern France! The next book is better, but this one is pretty fun. "

    - Anna, 4/8/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not my most favorite, but still a good read "

    - Jane, 12/17/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Eh. The wine-making and tasting stuff got pretty info-dumpy and I was annoyed and bored by Enzo's woman troubles (potential lovers, daughters, student/daughter-figure). "

    - Liz, 11/8/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I learned alot about wine making. I sure want to try Gaillac wine now. Oh yeah.... and a bit of mystery along the way. "

    - Nancy, 5/17/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I've read the first five of the Enzo series (actually listened to Nos. 3-4 on audio). In my opinion, No. 2 is the worst of the series. The debut book is next weakest. The best, I think, are Nos. 3-5. I very much liked all three of those. "

    - Ian, 7/31/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Gruesome story but enjoyed the series. "

    - Joanpagan, 5/15/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A good mystery once I got past the French flavor. Enzo, the main character, is a good detective although something of a womanizer. I'll keep my eye out for the next book. "

    - Tory, 2/6/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not my most favorite, but still a good read "

    - Jane, 1/13/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked the first one better, but still enjoyed this wine-centric mystery. I worry this series will make me drink too much! I always find myself craving a glass of wine/champagne/whiskey when reading these books! "

    - Treasure, 6/6/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Gruesome story but enjoyed the series. "

    - Joanpagan, 5/28/2009

About the Author

Peter May, born and raised in Scotland, was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland’s most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels. He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA’s Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 Entry Island won the Deanston’s Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year Award.

About the Narrator

Peter Forbes is an audiobook narrator and actor. He studied English in the same year as Ian Rankin at Edinburgh University. His credits include Berkeley Square (BBC), Peter Kosminsky’s The Government Inspector (Channel 4 UK), the award-winning Black Watch, Never So Good, Afterlife, and Mamma Mia! (London West End). He was nominated in the 2011 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for his performance in Liz Lochhead’s Educating Agnes.