Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: Nose

Nose by James Conaway {Hardcover | Kindle edition} Book Depository

Book Beginnings:

"Higher." So Clyde Craven-Jones gripped that magnificent stomach of his and hauled it farther in the direction of his multi-layered chin [..]
- p. 1

The Friday 56:
Rush hour was mostly over, the road rising and emptying completely as it entered what his landlord said was a commingling of Franciscan and other soils supposedly unsuited to vineyards, although plenty of them lay like a green chop on the otherwise arid earth.
- p. 56

Today I am featuring a book that I've actually read, so this one satisfied the foodie slash mystery lover in me. Check out my review here.

Are you looking forward to some weekend time with maybe a glass of wine? I am feeling a little spring in the air, and while there's been a bit of a lull in the book blogging, I have been busy-ish. :) Happy Friday, all! 

Synopsis: In a gorgeous wine valley in northern California, the economic downturn has put a number of dreams on hold. But not so for wine critic Clyde Craven-Jones, a man whose ego nearly surpasses his substantial girth. During a routine tasting in advance of his eponymous publication's new issue, he blindly samples a selection of Cabernets. To his confounded delight, he discovers one bottle worthy of his highest score (a 20, on the Craven-Jones-on-Wine scale), an accolade he's never before awarded. But the bottle has no origin, no one seems to know how it appeared on his doorstep--and that's a problem for a critic who's supposed to know everything.
An investigation into the mystery Cabernet commences, led by the Clyde's wife, Claire, and a couple of underdogs--one a determined throw-back to ancient viticulture, the other a wine-stained, Pygmalion-esque scribbler--who by wit and luck rise on incoming tides of money, notoriety, and, yes, love. The stage is set for this true theater of the varietals--where the reader joins the local vinous glitterati and subterranean enthusiasts hanging out in a seedy bar called the Glass Act. Soon Clyde Craven-Jones finds himself in a compromised position in a fermentation tank, a prominent family finds its internal squabble a public scandal, and a lowly vintner seeks redemption for a decades-old wrongdoing. James Conaway's "Nose" is a witty, delectable, and fast-paced novel that, like a good Cabernet, only grows truly enjoyable once opened.
Nose by James Conaway Hardcover | Kindle edition
Book Depository


  1. Hope you're enjoying your read. Looks to be an interesting one.
    I added you to the Linky! :-)

  2. Wow, that beginning is very descriptive...what a visual!

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

  3. That beginning sure puts a great picture in your mind! Love the phrase "green chop" in the 56!
    Here's My 56

    1. oh VERY :) if you only knew why he was saying "higher" hahaha.


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