Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein


Bancroft Press

Release Date:
July 2013

E-Book (Also available in hardcover)

Wine expert, Woody Robins, is called to investigate the theft of a rare bottle of red burgundy from an estate in the Napa Valley area. Woody figures this would be a great way to earn some extra money to help his aunt who is in desperate need for surgery. However, this case turns out to be anything but easy.

Woody’s investigation takes him in several directions and introduces him to a group of quirky characters – each with a reason to want the wine for themselves. However, things take a nasty turn when a dead body turns up. Woody never expected this case to turn murderous, but when one person is dead and one of the suspects is beaten to a pulp, Woody realizes he has bitten off more than he could chew. Then his girlfriend is threatened and that’s just going too far.

The book started off slow for me, but it picked up speed when this turned out to be more than just a missing bottle of wine. The characters are well developed, unusual and fun to read about.

It felt like a traditional mystery, complete with a finale involving the entire cast. I wasn’t too surprised to see how it all turned out, but untangling the web of this mystery is part of the fun.

I hope we get to see more of Woody and I would like to see how his relationship with Julia turns out. This has the potential to be an interesting mystery series and I hope the author plans to go in that direction.

For reading challenges:
Foodies Reading 2013 Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I am glad it picked up speed for you in the end )

  2. This sounds like a good one, even if it started out slow.

  3. Sounds like a fun read...I love Napa. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I might have to give this a try; good to know it's starts off slow.


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