Pressed to Death
by Kirsten Weiss
Wine and Spirits
By Kirsten Weiss
As a California girl, it seemed natural to set my Paranormal Museum series in wine country. The entire state is wine country, and some of the lesser known spots are – for me at least – the most fun to visit.
They’re also often more affordable than wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma.
However, what I didn’t realize when I started the series, which was conceived as a cozy mystery with “light” paranormal elements, was how the wine culture would take over. Maybe it’s because I know too many people in small California towns whose social life revolves around wineries, wine club members treating the tasting rooms as regular hangouts. And then there’s all the wine talk – the legs on a glass of red wine, the brix, the aromas, even the label collectors. Wine labels must be registered with and approved by the state, so creating a wine label is a much bigger deal than, say creating a book cover.
There’s just a certain magic to a bottle of wine – the alchemical transformation of grape juice into something more. Add to that the mystery of what you’re getting when you uncork that dark bottle. Each harvest and winery produces different flavors, even though the same grape vines are in play.
And weirdly, the older the grape vine, the better the wine seems to become. The grape vines in the Lodi area survived Prohibition, the farmers switching from delivering their grapes to wineries to shipping to home vintners (which was legal during Prohibition). So the region has some marvelous ancient vine Zins with complex flavors.
In Pressed to Death, the action centers around a wine harvest and rival wineries. I had more fun than I should have researching ways to sabotage a winery. In Italy, someone who opened the taps on the massive wine vats and ruined hundreds of thousands of dollars of wine, pouring it onto the floor.
But since harvest time is close to Halloween, there are spirits in the mix as well. In Pressed to Death, a haunted wine press and a century’s old mystery tangle with a modern-day murder. But never fear, no one is actually pressed to death. This is a cozy mystery after all.
Pressed to Death (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink (March 8, 2017)
Paperback: 336 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z7G
Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But when she’s accused of stealing the press, and her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.
Maddie knows well the perils of amateur sleuthing and is reluctant to get involved. But her mother insists she investigate. Does her mom have a secret agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder?
Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kirsten Weiss grew up in San Mateo, California. After getting her MBA, she joined the Peace Corps, starting an international career that took her around the fringes of the defunct USSR and into the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
She writes paranormal mystery and suspense, blending her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking good wine.
Follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, or on her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/metaphysicaldetective or at her blog at http://kirstenweiss.com
Purchase Links: Amazon B&N
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