I'm delighted to be sharing my review for The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard as part of the blog tour today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for 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.
Published in eBook and paperback formats by Fahrenheit Press on 10th July 2018
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tainted-Vintage-Dvorska-Dambersky-Book-ebook/dp/B07FC1MM58/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1534608727&sr=1-1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Vintage-Dvorska-Dambersky-Book-ebook/dp/B07FC1MM58/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534608804&sr=8-1&keywords=the+tainted+vintage
I Loved how the story jumps straight in with Dvorska and Dambersky investigating the murder of Mayor Slansky and I thought it was a great way to instantly pull the reader in. With a victim who had plenty of enemies I couldn't wait to discover who the killer was.
Direct and to the point I really liked Dvorska's character she was determined and that made her even more likeable. The pacing was steady but there was always something happening to keep my interest as various secrets were uncovered by Dvorska and Dambersky. This duo make a great team and I enjoyed getting to know them although I'm sure we have only just scratched the surface with them.
Within the story there is descriptive writing that really helps to set the scene, there were plenty of surprises and I liked being kept on my toes wondering which direction the story would take me next. All in all an entertaining story and I'm already looking forward to the next book!
In The Tainted Vintage you will find a great location, engaging characters and a mystery just waiting to be solved!
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Emma and Fahrenheit Press for my copy.
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.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Clare+Blanchard&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Clare+Blanchard&sort=relevancerank