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Review/Giveaway: Grapes of Death by Joni Folger

grapes of deathGrapes of Death
(A Tangled Vines Mystery)

New Series!
Cozy Mystery
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2013)
An Imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
Cover Illustration by Ken Joudrey
Cover Design by Kevin Brown
Trade Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738737522
E-Book File Size: 859 KB
ASIN: B00EA117RK
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Elise Beckett’s family owns a vineyard in River Bend, Texas. Her boyfriend, Stuart, lives and works in Dallas. About a 5 hour drive apart. They had met through his work for the Texas Organic Garden and Research Foundation. Elise is trying to develop a grapevine that can tolerate the Texas heat and droughts. They have been doing the long distance relationship thing for about 6 months with Elise doing most of the traveling. He has offered her a dream job in organic horticulture research, but her family is really counting on her to stay working in the family business. Since her dad died they need her more than ever. Her Uncle Edmond is no help, he was really upset when his brother left the whole vineyard to his wife and cut Edmund out completely. Every day Edmund comes up with a new plan to provoke the family.

Then Uncle Edmond’s body is found dead on vineyard land. At first it is thought it was an accidental drowning but the cause soon points to murder and every Beckett, even Elise, is a suspect. In fact there appears to be a long tangled vine of suspects. Elise just can’t leave things to her friend since childhood, Deputy Jackson (Jax) Landry. Hopefully she won’t become the murderer’s next victim.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
When I think of vineyards in the United States I think California, not Texas. I was excited to uncork this one and I was not disappointed. In fact I read it from start to finish in one sitting.

The first book in a new series is a huge undertaking because the author needs to not only introduce the characters and the setting but give readers an interesting mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Folger did that and more. The mystery was complicated and kept me guessing almost to the very end. My “aha moment” was just a bit before Elise’s.

Folger has laid a great foundation for the series to go forward and she gave us characters that we care about and want to see what direction they take. Plus she described the setting beautifully and even explained how hard it is to grow grapes in Texas.

All that being said we have just scratched the surface of these characters. The have plenty of room to grow from Elise and Jax, the main characters, to all the supporting characters of Elise’s family. I think this is going to be a very interesting series.

Pour yourself a nice glass of wine and curl up with this cozy as soon as you can.

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Review and Giveaway: Confessions by JoAnn Ross

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Confessions
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0778315247
E-Book File Size: 527 KB
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 077831524X
ASIN: B0092ML65U

Confessions

Whiskey River is a quiet Arizona mountain town—until it’s rocked by murder. The death of Laura Swann Fletcher, the beautiful wife of charismatic senator Alan Fletcher, makes headlines across the nation.

Sheriff Trace Callaghan wants to solve the murder of Laura Fletcher but her sister Mariah has returned to Whiskey River after a long absence. She insists in being involved in every step of the investigation. She also has a strange effect on the sheriff.  He has these feelings he just can’t deny. The story is full of deep dark secrets and illicit desires. Everyone is a suspect and nothing is what it seems…..

Dollycas’s Thoughts
If you like your mystery wrapped with a steamy romance this is a book for you! I have wanted to read a JoAnn Ross novel for a long time so when Book World offered me this book I jumped at it. I did not know it was a reprint or the first book in a series but I am happy because I definitely want to read more.

These are wonderfully written characters with depth and heart. The plot is well developed. There are twists and turns, chills and spills, and plenty of action. The reader can get carried away in the romance in books like this but it so naturally interwoven into this story. It is a little formulaic in places but realizing it was originally written back in 1997 as part of a Harlequin series that is very understandable. Writing more than 90 novels Ross definitely knows what she is doing. I have several of her novels screaming from my To-Be-Read stack. I can’t wait to get reading those.

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Review & Giveaway!! Dying To Read by Lorena McCourtney

Dying to Read: A Novel
(The Cate Kinkaid Files)

A Brand New Series
Christian Cozy Mystery
Revell Books (August1, 2012)
A Division of Baker Publishing Group
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0800721589

Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)

 

All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.

Cate Kincaid’s life is not turning out as she had hoped. Her career, her social life, even her haircut is a mess. After several dead end jobs she is again unemployed. She decides to go to work as an assistant for her private investigator uncle. How hard can it be? It will at least tide her over until she finds a “real job”.

Her first assignment is a simple one, find a current address for a woman. Instead when she reaches the most current address on record she finds a “hungry horde” of mystery readers and a dead body. This is definitely not a dead end job but for Cate’s sake hopefully the last dead body.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a fun and entertaining cozy filled with major amounts of humor.

Cate is a total klutz that sometimes leans on her faith to get out of the tight situations she gets herself into. Answers to prayer sometimes made these tight situations conclude to quickly and too neatly but the story was well paced. The mystery was great and the suspects were many. It seemed everyone Cate ran into ended up on her suspect list but it did add to the laughs in many cases.

My favorite character of this story was frisky feline. Octavia, a fat white cat whose is deaf and she has lost “her person”. Amelia is found dead at the bottom of the stairs and the cat is clearly distressed. She also is a cat that Cate ends up taking home because Amelia’s niece wants nothing to do that “spoiled rotten mongrel” “who leaves cat hair on everything”. Octavia is one intuitive cat and needs the perfect someone to be her new “person”.

The ladies of the Whodunit Book Club are all very unique as well. I hope they return in future installments.

Mystery, quirky characters, small town setting, with a hint of romance, all the elements of a great cozy mystery.

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