Full-Bodied Wine : A Vintage Murder

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Denis O'Gorman, Junior Diplomat in Ireland's Embassy in Ankara has become entangled in a Turkish plot. His matrimonial plans are in shambles. The Residence is 'haunted'. The wine is undependable. And then a murder occurs. Denis turns detective. The Department in Dublin is not impressed. More
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About Biddy Jenkinson

Biddy Jenkinson, a gardener by profession, lives on a hill in Ireland with a dog, a cat and a flock of geese. She has a particular interest in the bumble bee and in the preservation of its habitat.

While prepared to encounter the gloomier aspects of reality in other areas, Jenkinson avoids novels that promise to horrify, terrify or otherwise discompose the reader. She will count this story a success if the reader laughs, at least once. This does not mean that she condones murder.

Full-bodied Wine is Jenkinson's first detective novel.

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JaneofArch reviewed on July 16, 2017

Biddy Jenkinson presents a subtle and enthralling low-key mystery. An amateur detective is "assigned" to find a true solution when the professional is removed from the case due to government policy.

Action takes place in Ankara and other sites in central Turkey as the Third Secretary of the Irish Embassy fumbles his way through an entanglement of corruption and false leads, urged on by a devious Kurd.

Thought I was reading a travelog, albeit a fascinating one, during a lengthy opening segment before the excitement abruptly begins.

Let us hope Biddy is blessed with a lengthy lit career, preferably leaving bees off the list.
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amu2 reviewed on Nov. 8, 2015
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I found this book to be a pleasant surprise. It is a well constructed tale told without recourse to extravagant or course language but yet holds one's interest. The language is simple with the simplicity that only comes from effort on the author's part that makes it a joy to read. It is amusing but with an authentic touch that adds to its attraction. Highly recommended.
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Blaine Zaid reviewed on Oct. 3, 2015

Full Bodied Wine is a finer vintage detective novel than many found on Smashwords. Taking the reader into the life of a foreign diplomat in Turkey, and a murder plot at the same time via letters written home to his fiancee' was a great idea! The author really seems to have imagined her main character's personality quite fully, and this makes his narrative ring authentic rather than contrived. A nicely done work by Denis O'Gorman, and a recommended fun read by me!
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Ridirebawn reviewed on Dec. 24, 2014
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I highly recommend this book to aficionados of the detective genre. One should read this book with a glass of good wine at hand. While the main plot is absorbing, the details of life in the world of diplomacy are revealed, in often hilarious anecdotes, which left this reader in stitches on many occasions. The rarefied atmosphere of diplomatic maneuvers, comes face to face with the mundane realities of life, in this story of intrigue and suspense. The author clearly has a comprehensive understanding of the ups and downs in the life of the diplomat. The authenticity of her descriptions of time, place and persona is palpable. Who has not faced the dilemma encountered by Sven? Who has not experienced the frustration of trying to communicate critical details, under pressure, in a foreign tongue? Suffice it to say that the basement of the Irish ambassador's residence in Ankara, Turkey, as seen in this story must qualify as being one of the busiest, in that land of mystery. This story is a veritable Turkish delight!
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Roibeárd Mac Unfraidh reviewed on Nov. 19, 2014

Top quality detective fiction. Three cheers for Denis O'Gorman!
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