It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe's premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. All eyes are on the country's principal striker, Tico "The Artist" Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil's bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico's mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back. Suspects aren't lacking. Among them are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game; the star's gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life; his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico's place; and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex-but entirely unexpected.
A Vine in the Blood / Leighton Gage
“…Peter Berkrot’s strong narration—which is well matched to the stylish writing of the author—allows the vivid descriptions, occasional humor, and witty insights to shine. As the number of suspects increases, so does the suspense, and Berkrot delivers it with flair.” ~AudioFile Magazine (K.I.P.)
“…A Vine in the Blood is full of light moments, peculiar and often petulant characters, unexpected lessons about life in Sao Paolo and homing pigeons, but is never short of dramatic tension. Gage tells it all in a fun, sometimes ironic, tone as he brings us along through the twists and red herrings of this engaging mystery. Narrator Peter Berkrot dives right into the action, reveling in the reading of these passionate and vivid characters. The amusement and pleasure he seems to derive from reading in the voice of Silva’s windbag boss or Tico’s snooty girlfriend enhances the listening.” ~Sound Commentary