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May 13, 2024

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - YFB Publishing
Genre - Mystery
Publishing year - 2022
Language - English
ISBN - 979-8-9861755-7-7
Pages - 230

End of the Vine by Acton Manning

Book Review - 

End of the Vine by Acton Manning (penname) introduces readers to Detective Daniel Winters, a seasoned investigator with a unique gift for sniffing out clues, both figuratively and literally. Set amidst the intricate backdrop of the San Francisco Police Department, the author crafts a gripping tale that seamlessly blends the worlds of crime-solving and enology.

At the heart of the narrative lies Winters, a character as complex and layered as the fine wines he adores. Widowed and lonely, with a deep appreciation for wine, Winters brings a fresh perspective to the crime-solving genre. The author deftly weaves together elements of mystery and intrigue with the rich tapestry of Winters' personal journey, creating a protagonist that readers can't help but root for.

While the blurb hints at the initial premise - a suspicious death of Amanda Turner ruled as suicide - when other cases like this started popping up, Winters realizes that there is a pattern or to say a serial killer is on the loose. The author skillfully guides readers through a labyrinth of twists and turns, keeping them on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

As Winters delves deeper into the case, uncovering layers of deception and betrayal, readers are treated to a masterclass in detective work, peppered with the unmistakable aroma of fine wines and the allure of distant vineyards. As the story progresses, Daniel starts feeling a connection with the deranged killer, even sympathy - will this newfound compassion stand in the way of his work? 

What sets this book apart is the author's meticulous attention to detail, evident in both his character development and the intricate plotting of the story. However, I believe the narrative could gain greater intrigue and depth by offering insights from the killer's perspective. 

Presently, the story unfolds solely through Winters' POV, but incorporating glimpses into the antagonist's mind could enhance the reading experience and add an additional layer of suspense.

As the first installment in the Daniel Winters Murder Mystery series, this book sets a high bar for what's to come. Acton Manning transports readers to the heart of the action, immersing them in a world where every scent, every flavor, holds a clue waiting to be unraveled. I'm eagerly waiting for the next chapter in Winters' journey. 

This book is perfect for fans of quick-paced mysteries and those looking to escape into a world of sensory delights. It's a must-read for anyone craving a taste of something different in the genre.

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