I like fun whodunits set in California wine country, but this one doesn’t clear even my low bar. Pinot Envy really should not have seen the light of day.
The author lacks fundamental technical writing ability, and his editor apparently did nothing to help him.
The book is rife with illusion-spoiling details – like a residential garbage collection spoiling a nighttime car chase in San Francisco (SF garbage trucks are not allowed to collect at night and never do so). Also timing errors (culprits in a heist starting to cover things up only days later, when the investigator is on the scene – not immediately following, as they naturally would have). And basic grammar problems (misuing “disinterested” for “uninterested”). The flaws go well beyond suspension of disbelief – they add up lazy writing and a disrespect for the reader.
Not worth your time or money, even if you are a fan of light fiction in the context of wine country.