Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Murder and Destruction in Alsace

The Alsace region is steeped in the history of both France and Germany. It is also a region where belief in witchcraft is rife. Benjamin Cooker is looking forward to introducing his assistant Vergile, to the wines and sumptuous food of this region, but almost immediately they are met by a death while touring the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. This unpleasant start to the trip is rapidly followed by an attack on Benjamin's car and the wanton destruction of vines at several local vineyards. The police are stymied, but Vergilie is sure that he and Benjamin can solve the puzzle.

Benjamin Cooker and Vergilie and delightful characters. Benjamin appears quite straitlaced while Virgilie has all the energy and enthusiasm of youth. Benjamin, as usual, plays a significant role in solving the mystery, but this time Vergilie goes off on his own. I was delighted to see him getting more individual attention in the novel.

The descriptions of Alsace are wonderful, as are the descriptions of the wine and food. I love reading these books. They're better than a travelogue. You are transported to an exotic region and steeped in culinary delights. In addition, you can learn a great deal about wines, how to select them, and how to pair them with a meal.

If you enjoy a good mystery coupled with wonderful scenery and delightful cuisine, not to mention the wines, you'll enjoy this trip to Alsace.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.