Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein
Deceit, Blackmail, Intrigue, Murder, and Fun
Meet Woody Robins, a bon vivant, devil-may-care wine guru who specializes in investigatory work involving rare artifacts of a vinous nature. Amidst the backdrop of world-famous Napa, California wine country, and upbeat, cosmopolitan “city by the bay” San Francisco, Woody finds he’s bitten off more than he can chew when hired by a wealthy grape grower to retrieve his stolen, rare, priceless, large bottle of red Burgundy that once belonged to the French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Tested by a colorful cast of characters, deceit, blackmail, intrigue, dealings with the mob and even murder ensue. With the help of his dozy boyhood chum, girlfriend, aunt and detective buddy with San Francisco’s finest, he eventually manages to unravel the case, but not before he learns a thing or two about himself.
I thought the book started off a little slow, but after a while it picked up and got more interesting. I liked the characters, they were a bit off-beat and that made them fun to follow.The theme of the book was lighter than most of the murder/mystery books I read , and it was nice to read a “calmer” book. The author gives you a little bit of everything. There’s mystery, murder, theft, romance and more.
If you like a murder mystery with a not so violent story line, this book fits that description.