The Sauvignon Secret- Ellen Crosby(4 out of 5)

The latest in the Wine Country mystery series. Also one of the better ones. The last two really didn’t ring any of my chimes. 

Lucie is again in the wrong place at the wrong time. She goes to discuss a less than legit offer for one of her wines with a shady businessman named Paul Noble. She goes to drop in on him and finds him dropped- apparently of a suicide by hanging, minus the note. The only thing that strikes her as odd is that a bottle of her Sauvignon Blanc blend is found nearby, along with suspiciously imprinted wine glasses. Turns out, after digging, that those wine glasses are from a secret society quite a few of the Virginia wine community had formed back in the day(The Mandrake Society, it even sounds as if it’s up to no good). Lucie’s grandfather flies in and she lets him in on the murder and asks him for assistance. What ends up is one hell of a tangled web. Lucie’s family and close friends are involved by association, but her grandfather’s amour(who happens to be married to one of the villians in the story) may lead them to the biggest revealation of them all. Throw in Lucie’s messed up relationship with Quinn, her absent winemaker and partner in the vineyard, and a number of people who are trying to interfere with that angle, and you have one heck of a good read. It’s light, it’s quick, you learn some winemaking tips, and more than that, you come away from it thinking “Hey, I read a niche mystery but it was pretty fucking good.” Indeed. 

~ by generationgbooks on July 29, 2012.

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