Friday, 21 September 2018

#BlogBlitz The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard


Today It is my pleasure to take part in the Blog Blitz for The Tainted Vintage by Clare Blanchard. It's the last day of this fantastic Blitz! It's an interesting blend of crime and mystery combined within the historical context of the Nazi regime.


About the Author
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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About the book
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.

Review
The plot brings a dark period of history into play, yet another one without any reparation for the victims of the Nazi regime. It also has a side plate of audacity to add to the atrocities. Only very few were lucky enough to survive and return. They returned assuming they would be able to return to their homes, their belongings and the towns or villages they grew up in.

Imagine a second onslaught after surviving the indescribable. Imagine someone stealing everything you own on top of helping to annihilate your family, and still trying to make a life for yourself in a place surrounded by people who want you gone.

Dvorska and Dambersky are thrown into the deep end of an investigation that the upper echelon want to keep quiet and definitely don't want anyone to peg as a murder. The deeper the two of them dig the more worrying details they uncover. The kind of secrets that are buried for a reason.

In the middle of the book Blanchard does something unexpected, which left me a little bit confused. I checked the title of the series, read the passage again and just had to trust the author knew what she was doing. The kind of plot-twist you just don't see coming.

This is just the beginning of some really disturbing revelations and a premise which will flow into the next book in the series. Dvorska is smack bang in the middle of it and will definitely need the support of Dambersky to deal with the past.

It's an interesting blend of crime and mystery combined within the historical context of the Nazi regime. It proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and a rotten core can be nurtured into something even more evil.

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Publisher: Fahrenheit Press, Pub.date July 2018


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