New Release Review ~ The Case of the Voracious Vintner ~ Tara Lain

Posted 29 January, 2019 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 8 Comments

*I received a free copy of The Case of the Voracious Vintner from Dreamspinner Press via ARC Publisher. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
New Release Review ~ The Case of the Voracious Vintner ~ Tara LainThe Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain
Series: The Middlemark Mysteries #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press on January 29, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Source: ARC Publisher
4 Stars

Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.

Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all his customers. Bo tries to help Jeremy and even provides a phony alibi for Jeremy when Ottersen turns up dead in Jeremy’s tasting room. But it’s clear Jeremy isn’t who he claims, and Bo must decide if it’s worth tossing over his established life for a man who doesn’t seem to trust anyone. When Jeremy gets kidnapped, some of the conservative winemakers turn out to be kinky sex fiends, and the list of murderers keeps dwindling down to Jeremy. Bo has to choose between hopping on his white horse or climbing back in his peach-pie-lined closet.

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The Case of the Voracious Vintner proved TLain’s writing prowess as she delivered an entertaining cozy mystery  while also delivering on all the other elements I’ve come to expect from her M/M romances.


  • Main Characters
    Beau Marchand is the epitome of a well-bred Southern gentleman. He’s charming, loyal to family and friends, and would rather live under the misperception he’s a “confirmed bachelor who never met the right lady” than admit to his family he’s gay. That is until he meets Jeremy Aames. Beau and Jeremy met because they’re both vintners who own small wineries. Jeremy is out and proud and although he’s interested in Beau, he thinks Beau is straight. The two of them start spending time together planning an event while also trying to figure out the who and why behind the sabotage of Jeremy’s winery. This leads to the blossoming of a tender and passionate romance between the two. But Jeremy isn’t all he seems.
  • Secondary Characters
    TLain excels at developing a strong and engaging secondary cast of characters in her stories and The Case of the Voracious Vintner was no different. From Beau’s family to the winery staff and competing vintners, each character added depth to the story. I was particularly fond of Llewellyn and Blaise.
  • Mystery
    The Case of the Voracious Vintner combined several interconnect mysteries. There was the mystery of the saboteur of Jeremy’s winery. There was also a murder mystery to solve. The secretive Dionysus Society was also being investigated. And then there were the secrets Jeremy was keeping. TLain did an excellent job of tossing out red herrings and she kept me guessing throughout.
  • Message
    TLain always addresses the hurdles gay men must negotiate in life and Beau and Jeremy had a few. Both Beau and Jeremy dealt with familial expectations based on culture and that felt realistic. I appreciated how accepting Beau’s family ended up being although I found his mother’s acceptance a little too easy.


Overall, I was impressed with TLain’s foray into cozy mystery-land. I’ve already purchased the first book in the Middlemark series so I can get Llewellyn and Blaise’s story. 🙂

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About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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8 responses to “New Release Review ~ The Case of the Voracious Vintner ~ Tara Lain

  1. My goodness, that’s a lot of mystery threads going on. 🙂 I subscribe to Tara’s newsletter and have one or two of her books on my Kindle but I’ve yet to read anything from her. I really need to change that soon. Glad you enjoyed this one!

    • I couldn’t believe you didn’t have this one, wifey. It was really good and like I said in my review, I purchased the first one in the series so I can read the beginning. TLain does write incredible M/M stories. She deals with tough subjects in a way that gets her point across but doesn’t brow beat. You know? {{{big hugs}}}

  2. Beau and Jeremy’s story sounds a good rep of what gay men still have to go through. I like the addition of a mystery. Mystery is an always welcome spice 🙂

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    I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know a few of yall who love hers. Neat to see a vintner. One of the kids I know (senior in high school) has decided that’s what he wants to do. I thought that was so interesting. You just don’t hear it often. lol

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