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Lazy Saturday Review: The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard #TheTaintedVintage @CBCrime @fahrenheitpress


From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

Ps: My lazy reviews are more often good ones than rants, haha!

Late Lazy Saturday Review coming! I could get used to rewriting my review in the evening… Anyway, I’m wandering away from the subject of this post!

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I’d like to thank the formidable Emma from damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting me to read and review The Tainted Vintage.

the tainted vintageTitle: The Tainted Vintage
Author: Clare Blanchard
Date of publication: July 2018
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Format: E-copy

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.

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This year has been all about travelling for me. England, Scotland, then different places thanks to books and this time, I visited Czech Republic! Quite an interesting and dark trip! I was very excited to discover a new author, a new country, a new culture and rules. I was not disappointed by it. All my senses were put to work as descriptions took me to a foreign and beautiful place. I took it all in, feeling on holiday, escaping the usual paths my imagination walked.

The travel doesn’t stop to a place. The Tainted Vintage offers a big jump into the past, digging into history and the painful events and memories it left behind. How come a mayor’s death can lead to a giant web of secrets, blood, and cruelty going back to the war and even before it? Yes, I wondered, too!

The first chapters left me puzzled. A dead man, wine, and two police officers seasoned enough to pick up hints that the cold body wasn’t the result of Mother Nature, yet the case seemed closes before it was even started. I could smell pressure from higher skies pressuring the police forceAnd who doesn’t enjoy a battle against people who think you can get away with it?

The Tainted Village gives you a strong taste of a Czech village, of what the past has made of the country, of what the living are dealing with in the present, while giving the crime lovers their fix: a layered case with surprises and long realistic hours! I enjoyed the cosy side of this case coming from the fact only a few detectives are involved combined to the vast investigation. The thrill of not knowing who to trust, what to say and what the hell is going on was a real treat and I recommend this novel if you’re in need of some blood, revenge, and a holiday from your couch!

You can grab a copy of the novel here!


Clare Blanchard

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.


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