Today I’m delighted to share a review of “Tainted Vintage”, by Clare Blanchard. Thanks to Emma from damppebblesblogtours for inviting me on the tour, and to the author and publishers for the copy. The book is available to buy now!
About the book:
In the small Czech town of Vinice the mayor has been found dead in his wine cellar.
Detectives Jana Dvorska and Ivan Dambersky are called to the scene and soon realise that despite appearances, Mayor Slansky’s death was most definitely not from natural causes.
Almost immediately, the close-knit community closes ranks to try and brush the unexplained death under the carpet with the minimum of fuss.
Dvorska & Dambersky are drawn deeper and deeper into secrets that many hoped would remain buried forever and they’re forced into pursuing an investigation where their own lives are put in danger.
The Tainted Vintage is the first book in a wonderful new series set in and around The Czech Republic, an area rich in history, literature and culture that still remains largely unexplored by contemporary crime fiction fans.
This is an extremely short novel at just 159 pages, so I don’t want to spoil things or give too much away.
The book starts on the very first page with the murder of the local Mayor. Detectives Jana Dvorska and Ivan Dambersky are on the scene, but there’s something not quite natural about it.
The plot has many twists and turns to it, and along the way I learned quite a bit about wine tasting and some of Czech history, however it did take a while to get going, which was disappointing as it was such a short book.
Dvorska and Dambersky are two very different but likeable detectives, and I felt that the author did a good job of showing both their working and home lives.
If you’re looking for a short novel that teaches you quite a bit I would recommend it.
About the author:
Originally from the North Yorkshire coast in England, Clare Blanchard spent half her lifetime in the Czech Republic, where her books are mainly set. Inspired by Nordic noir, where the settings are often like another character in the plot, she writes crime mysteries and other fiction, usually with a historical twist. She loves beautiful landscapes and architecture, cross-country skiing, the wine of South Moravia, and of course Czech beer. When she’s not being literary she knits funky socks.