Completely charming with its luminous descriptions of the Virginia wine country, this third in a series is a complex mystery with very human emotions. The plot is winding and complex, and the ending
is a surprise. History is used to great advantage, starting at Mount Vernon, where the mystery opens, and details
of food, dress and design are sensually developed. The romance is nicely handled and provides high sexual tension.

Lucie Montgomery, who took over her family vineyard when her father died a year before, is swept into a mystery affecting her family when she organizes a charity auction that includes a bottle of Bordeaux bought in 1790 by Jefferson for Washington. The author of a book on Jefferson's trip through France's vineyards is murdered the morning after giving a lecture, and she'd told Lucie that the mystery bottle would cause a scandal. When her beloved grandfather comes from France, he helps her uncover a story of fraud and betrayal that will affect not just Lucie but winemaker Quinn, who she's becoming involved with. (SCRIBNER, Aug., 288 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor