On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I have been wanting to catch up on this series for a long time.
The Name of the Rosé (Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – California
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1496712145
ISBN-13 : 978-1496712141
Kindle ASIN : B07B75SBR2
The ladies of the Wine Club take a break from sipping their rosé to put a cork in murder. . .
Annie “Halsey” Hall could get used to this—sitting around the pool in her backyard in Southern California, savoring the latest wine flights with the ladies of the Rose Avenue Wine Club: her best friend Sally, frozen yogurt shop owner Aimee, widow Peggy, and their newest member, journalist Mary Anne. Even Bardot, Halsey’s yellow lab, is in attendance, eyeing the pool as if contemplating a dive.
But the peaceful pleasure of the afternoon is soon shattered by the boom of a small plane crash at nearby Santa Monica Airport. Sometime later, a sour-faced detective shows up, holding a package of illegal drugs found on the plane—with Sally’s address on it! Being suspected of drug smuggling is bad enough, but when a young mechanic who works at the airport is found murdered, the club springs into action. To get their investigation off the ground, they’re going to have to wing it, but they’re determined to unmask a killer . . .
The Rose Avenue Wine Club is all ready to take on another investigation, especially when one of them is accused of being a drug smuggler and other people they care about could be in trouble too. Their snooping takes them to the Santa Monica Airport but instead of finding a way to clear Sally’s name they find a mechanic dead . . . murdered. It going to take more than a wine flight to get to the truth and the killer but these ladies are up to the task. The wine flows but no whining is allowed.
The ladies of the Rose Avenue Wine Club are a hoot! Some more than others. Halsey, with her dog Bardot by her side, can get herself into so much trouble. Even doing something normal like picking a piece of fruit off a tree turns into a drama-filled event that is written in such a humorous way. Sally is really put on the spot in this story. She says the Curse of Rose Avenue is back as she is taken in by the police for questioning. Then she learns Charlie was piloting the plane that carried the drugs addressed for her and it crashed into something on the runway when landing, landing him in the emergency room. Followed by new club member Mary Anne announcing that her husband is missing. These ladies’ wine classes are overflowing with everything happening even before they find the mechanic’s body.
Ms. Blum sets a quick pace as we tag along with the wine clubbers as they uncover each clue and follow each turn in a comical way to catch a killer and a smuggler. It was a wild ride, that is for sure. I was doing my best to figure it all out too in between all the laughing I was doing. It is the strong friendships these ladies have built that really shines though. The way they team up together to solve the mystery is fantastic. They follow each other into some crazy and scary places much to their friend, detective Augie’s dismay.
The key to all the humor is the way the author describes each situation and the dialogue between the characters. Perfectly timed and written while still getting across the seriousness of the murder.
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