This was an interesting read right from the start, and I find myself impressed with winemaker detective Benjamin Cooker's character. He's the kind of guy you'd like to know in real life: intelligent and intellectual but still a pretty down-to-earth the guy, the sort you'd be able to talk to about anything. I love his relationships, the way he treats people; his deep admiration and obvious respect for an old, sickly monk in this one is particularly moving. It's refreshing to see a man who commands so much respect still be so respectful toward others. What a rare treat.
Caveat: I would love to share this book with some of my mystery-loving students, but a sex scene would make that inappropriate.
I received a review copy from the publisher, which in no way influenced my review.