Dead in the Dregs: A Babe Stern Mystery by Peter Lewis

By Peter Lewis

In demand wine critic Richard Wilson makes a residing raising and destroying winemakers’ reputations with the stroke of his pen. while he disappears after a tasting at Napa Valley’s Norton vineyard, his sister Janie appears to her ex-husband Babe Stern for aid. but if Wilson’s physique is located floating in a vat at Norton, Stern’s seek becomes a hunt for the killer.Working with the Napa Valley police, Stern speedy unearths a string of suspects, all with something in universal: their wish to get revenge for the stories that shattered their wines and livelihoods. yet because the police paintings to speedy transparent the case, those self same suspects have a string of alibis and the path starts off to fade.Stern digs additional into the situations of Wilson’s loss of life and unearths himself following his merely lead, to Burgundy, France. In cellars and tasting rooms from Beaune to Nuits-Saint-Georges, Stern tracks the stricken son of a relations of vignerons, one of many few humans within the vineyard the evening Wilson died. however the wine households of the C?te d’Or are secretive and entangled, and the additional Stern is going to find the reality, the extra he turns into the last word goal. In a beautiful debut secret jam-packed with revenge and homicide, Stern’s in simple terms selection is to discover the reality.

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It was late enough in the day that I felt I could call Biddy without pissing him off. Still, my fingers moved reluctantly as I punched in the number for Tanner Cellars. I waited a good five minutes before I heard my friend snap testily, “Teukes. ” he said, his tone softening. “No sweat, man. We’re done for the day. ” “I get it. Listen, I wonder if you can help me out. ” I paused, knowing that the next thing I said was going to blow his mind. “Richard,” I said. ” “Richard . . ” “And you never thought to tell me?

Hi, Dad,” Danny said. ” He walked past the bar to the pool table. Janie and I regarded each other from a distance. The luminous brown eyes were the same, but the splash of gray silvering the wave of dark hair that fell across her back had grown, it seemed, and I discerned a line, a tension shaping her upper lip, that I hadn’t noticed before. Even so, her mouth possessed the old, familiar sensuality. I got down off the barstool and gave her an awkward hug. ” “I don’t have a lot of time,” she said, slipping out of my arms.

I don’t remember. Maybe you did. You were very generous. I’m sure your letters got me the distributor job and my first gig as a sommelier. ” “Hardly. ” “Well, people knew about it,” I said, carefully peeling a lemon in a single, continuous spiral with a stripper. “Anyway, something changed after Janie split. Everything and everyone irritated me. I finally snapped one night. ” Wilson smiled, pleased with himself. ” “That’s nonsense,” he protested. ” One of the old drunks who was eavesdropping couldn’t suppress a laugh.

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