Sunday, February 15, 2015


BLOOD, WINE & CHOCOLATE by Julie Thomas  (HarperCollins, 2015)

Blurb: A blackly comic murder mystery involving very expensive wine and an overdose of chilli chocolate. Loyalty, betrayal, murder ...and merlot. Hidden away in a witness protection programme on an idyllic island vineyard in New Zealand, Vinnie Whitney-Ross could be forgiven for thinking he has escaped the clutches of the childhood friend - a ruthless London mobster - he helped convict for a gruesome double murder. But old grudges die hard, cops are bent, and the finest wines and chocolates find new and unexpected uses when Vinnie's present runs headlong into his secret past. From the mean streets of the East End to the sparkling waters of Auckland, this tale of switched identities, vengeful obsession and lethal ingenuity is as addictive as chocolate, with more twists than a corkscrew.

Author: Born with a congenital heart defect, Julie Thomas spent her early years in Auckland, New Zealand bedridden and developed a strong love of books. Working in media (producing film and television), Thomas wrote her debut novel, THE KEEPER OF SECRETS, over seven years, originally self-publishing it as an e-book and selling 40,000 copies before HarperCollins in New York discovered it and decided on an international release. A page-turning book that mixes history and mystery, THE KEEPER OF SECRETS centres on a precious violin and the people that played it, weaving through the Holocaust and modern times. Thomas now lives in Cambridge, in the rural Waikato region.

BLOOD WINE & CHOCOLATE will be officially launched at an event at Paper Plus Cambridge at 5.30pm on 9 March. Chocolate and wine available. BYO blood. 

1 comment:

  1. I am intrigued. I'll be searching here in the U.S. for JT's offerings. Thanks for your posting.