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 street 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.

Well that's what it says on the back cover of the book! Someone gets murdered using a bottle of P├ętrus and someone else drowns in a vat of wine and you may never eat chilli chocolate again, but it is all drenched in black humour.

This book is available in all good bookshops in New Zealand, chain and independent, and some in Australia. You can order it from HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and it's ISBN number is 978-1-77554-053-3 It is also available as an E-Book through all E-Book retailers.

Julie tHOMAS