by Doward Wilson
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Meet Carla Bass, interior decorator, currently living in Braga, Portugal, with her husband who is overseeing the remodeling of a hotel that is part of a high end chain. They are living in Braga for six months, and Carla is carrying on her decorating business with the help of her assistant back home and Skype.
As she explores the beautiful city, she comes across a wine shop whose decorative tiles she admires. Talking with the wine seller and sampling his selection of Ports keeps her occupied while she picks out a bottle of Port to take home for her husband to sample. While she is in the shop she observes a bottle of Port for sale for three million euros. Arriving home she is surprised to find that the wine seller has given her the wrong bottle, and she has what appears to be a very valuable bottle of Port. Returning to the wine shop to return the bottle, she discovers the wine seller’s dead body behind the counter and has the bottle of Port she is returning stolen by a strange man. Carla is determined to discover the murderer and the story behind the bottle of Port that she was given and then had stolen from her.
As Carla delves into the mystery, she discovers that the stolen bottle actually belonged to a rich banker. The banker’s bottle had been replaced by a high end forgery, and he was hoping that the bottle Carla had been given was his original stolen one. Who did the trade out with the forgery? Was it the boyfriend of the wine seller’s niece who had worked a party at the banker’s estate? Who is the man that the boyfriend is afraid of? Why isn’t the niece telling the police the whole truth? Is she just protecting her boyfriend or is she more involved in the theft than appears?
As Carla follows the clues, she is followed and attacked, only to be rescued by a policeman who is tasked with following her. Carla accepts the help of the wine sellers niece and together they continue to track down clues. Can they find the murderer and the missing bottle of vintage Port or will they end up dead?
I really enjoyed getting to know Carla and admire her spirit in this twisted crime of theft. This book was believable and entertaining at the same time. Carla came to life on the pages of the story. All the characters were very life like and well drawn. The descriptions of the scenery brought the background to life in vivid relief. The top notch mystery weaves its way thru the book with lots of red herrings and twists and turns. It will keep you guessing right to the surprising climax. I highly recommend this delightful mystery for any cozy or mystery fan.
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