Review: How To Dine On Killer Wine by Penny Warner

How to Dine on Killer Wine:
A Party-Planning Mystery

5th in Series
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group

How to Dine on Killer Wine: A Party-Planning Mystery

This is one of my favorite series!

Presley Parker’s event planning business is the toast of San Francisco. In this installment she takes her business on the road to Napa Valley for a wine tasting event for the Purple Grape, a boutique winery.

JoAnne Douglas, the head of the Green Grape Association, an environmental group, believes the small local wineries are ruining the local environment and she is determined to shut down the event.

But the corks are popped, the amuse-bouches have been served, and a good time was had by all. Well almost everyone. While Presley and her crew was doing the clean up chores, they were shocked by what they found under one of the tables. The what was a who, and none other than JoAnne Douglas and she was quite dead.

Of course all the evidence points to the hosts of the party, but the victim had several individuals that wouldn’t mind seeing her corked. Presley is on the case to find the real culprit even if she has to take some time and taste a lot of wine in the process.

Dollycas’s Thoughts I love this series and all the reoccurring characters. Meeting the winery owners this time was quite a treat, they are as unique as their homes. The wineries are marvelous, picture a medieval castle complete with suits of armor or a Tuscan style mansion. Penny Warner is so descriptive in her writing you almost feel like you are right there in Napa Valley.

Presley just can’t stop herself, she just has to do her own investigating and takes her mother along for the ride. Thankfully Brad is there to clean up most the messes she gets herself into. My favorite character in this edition was definitely Presley’s mom. She is battling early Alzheimer’s but she doesn’t let it slow her down.

Warner also includes some Party Planning Tips for wine tasting parties or those of us just wanting to learn more about wine. We also learn what about another great pastime in the Valley. No spoilers here you will have to read the book.

Pure pleasure to read. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine. Sit back and enjoy this perfect party mystery. It is most definitely A Perfect Escape!

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About This Author

Penny has been writing since she read her first Nancy Drew in 6th grade. Since then she has had over 50 books published, fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. Books that have won national awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in 14 countries, including Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, India, Israel, Poland, Japan, and China.

She lives in California, has two grown children, and four adorable grandchildren.

To find out more of penny and her books visit

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