Killer Gift

By / Magazine / November 23rd, 2007 / 1

A killer gift: wine murder mysteries, autographed – and discounted 

Follow Tony Aspler’s fictional wine writer-detective in three hard-cover
titles – now at a reduced price direct from the author:

  • Blood is Thicker than Beaujolais
  • The Beast of Barbaresco
  • Death on the Douro

The ideal birthday or Christmas gift for the wine lover/mystery buff
in your life! These are hard-cover editions, and all copies are
autographed by Tony Aspler.

Tony’s novels are just $12 each or three for $30, plus shipping
and handling and GST. Shipping and handling are $6 for the first book
plus $1 for each extra book, regardless of destination (Canada, US or

To order, use our online credit-card ordering.

If you would like to pay by cheque or have a special request, email [email protected].

Here’s a bit more about the books:

Blood is Thicker than Beaujolais

Wine writer Ezra Brant and his wife Connie travel to the remote French
village of Haut St. Antoine for a relaxing vacation while Ezra reports
on the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau. But after a visit to a local
cave cellar Ezra ends up reporting a body to the police instead.

Troubled by the apparent lack of interest in finding the murderer and
the village’s silence about the victim, Ezra gets on the case – much
to Connie’s chagrin. While the other tourists join in the idyllic harvest
celebration, Ezra and Connie are drawn relentlessly into a dangerous web
of murder, fraud and international intrigue.

Click here to read an excerpt from Blood is Thicker than Beaujolais.

The Beast of Barbaresco

For wine writer Ezra Brant, the trip to the picturesque Piedmontese village
of Barbaresco to help judge the annual wine competition was supposed to
be a restful interlude – despite all the talk of a serial killer
the locals have dubbed "the Beast."

But when a fellow wine writer disappears without a trace, Ezra has no
choice but to investigate. Could his colleague have become the latest
victim of the Beast? Or does his disappearance have to do with a story
he had been pursuing? Ezra puts his wine knowledge to work in finding
the truth, in spite of all the obstacles set before him… including a
charming Irish redhead.

Death on the Douro

When Matthew Sykes, scion of an old port shipping family, extends an invitation
to wine writer Ezra Brant to attend his quinta’s bicentennial celebration
in Oporto, Ezra is delighted to accept. An all-expenses-paid trip to sunny
Portugal is just what he needs, and the visit will dovetail nicely with
his research for a book on the history of port wine.

But when Ezra arrives, he finds his friend Sykes has more on his mind
than the anniversary fete. A series of strange and sinister incidents
around the Quinta San Pedro point to a deliberate attempt to derail the
big party. When murder becomes part of the picture, Ezra becomes more
determined than ever to find out what really lies behind the events.


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