Sunday, December 12, 2021



Amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst is at it again.  While Belinda was attending a wine tasting event one of the guests collapse.  Wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw is the victim.  She dies at the wine tasting event that Belinda organized and also invited her to attend.  So, Belinda immediately goes into sleuth mode and is determined to find out who poisoned Sadie.  With retired detective Harry Powell by her side, Belinda begins to investigate the world of wine.  But, soon yet another guest at the wine tasting is found poisoned.  Belinda and Harry must find the culprit before they become the next victim.

This cozy murder mystery was such an entertaining read.  I loved the detailed description of the quaint village Little Challham, it seems like the perfect place to go wine tasting.   I enjoyed the mystery of the story and the plot twists where very engaging, they kept me guessing til the end.  I absolutely loved this amazing addition to this series.  

Thank you Lisa Cutts for another wonderful installment to the Belinda Penshurst series. This series is a cozy mystery, that is absolutely enjoyable to get lost in.  I loved this story, and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 4.


Author:  Lisa Cutts
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: December 8, 2021 
Pages: 301 
Buy on Amazon 

When the star guest collapses at a wine tasting, it seems someone has a taste for murder. Fortunately, amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst was at the event – and now she’s on the case!

Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, and its charming, peaceful ways. So when wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw dies at a tasting Belinda organised, she immediately turns detective to uncover the poisoner…

Accompanied by retired detective Harry Powell and her boisterous Labrador Horatio, Belinda sets out to investigate the world of wine. There are scandals brewing everywhere… but do the local DIY enthusiasts have a deadly vendetta, or did Sadie’s reviews cause a resentful restaurant owner to crack?

When another of the guests at the wine tasting is found poisoned, it becomes clear the killer is only just getting started. Can Belinda crack the case and open the champagne, before the murderer catches up with her?  


Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, Remember. Never Forgot was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy Killing, Buried Secrets, Lost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.

She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.

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