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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Wine at Noon by M.B. Audrey is a fast-paced mystery, full of thrills and the spice of romance in the truest sense of the word. As Harry Crawford begins our tale, you fall right into his head and stay there for the entire novel. As he travels from city to city in Europe, the reader discovers the hidden nuances of the artistic world.
The writing style of Wine at Noon was wonderfully complex, yet descriptive enough to create that "movie in your head" which can be hard for many authors to achieve. Not so for M.B. Audrey, whose diction and phrasing are both eloquent and flow easily off the tongue (or through the eyes, as it were). I felt fully engrossed in the Roman landscapes and the bustle of London, as well as the flow and patter between each character and their surroundings. Dialogue in particular flowed wonderfully and with great care in how it reflected on the characters and the book as a whole.
Wine at Noon is a great read that sort of defies genres. Yes, it's a mystery, but it also felt more literary than your average thriller. Through its lyrical prose and enthralling characterization, the novel makes you think about it all day long so that you're just itching to pick it up after a long day of work. M.B. Audrey is not a name that I would have picked out of the crowd, but after reading this one, you can bet I'll be watching for new works from this author.