The Vineyard Victims (Wine Country Mystery #9) by Ellen Crosby (3 out of 5)

Lucie and Quinn are back in another wine country mystery. This was just released in hardcover the beginning of November. As always, I encourage to start at the beginning of any series, including this one. The backstory of several characters is very important here. 

Lucie is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s driving when someone comes speeding from the other direction. Her car ends up in a puddle by the side of the road. The driver of the other car, former presidential candidate Jamie, isn’t as fortunate. His car crashes into a pillar (Ironically, the same place Lucie had the accident that forever messed up her leg. See? This is what I mean about backstory). Lucie extracts herself from her vehicle and tries to get him out of the car. The car is ready to explode, and all Lucie gets out of Jamie is “Tell Rick I’m sorry and I hope he will forgive me”. Rick?! Who the hell is Rick? No one knows a Rick. Then their mutual friend Mick Dunne shows up and wrenches her away from the car, which is swallowed up by 🔥. Of course, Mick orders her to forget what Jamie said, suggesting that Jamie wanted to die, and calling it a suicide. Lucie begins sticking her nose into things and she and Quinn, her fiance, uncover some strange things, but everywhere they turn, they get another sideswipe, another story, or worse yet, another suspect in what led Jamie to drive recklessly and crash his car into that pillar. A number of new characters enter the book, some of whom fulfill a purpose, but others still who seem to be pretty wrapping on a gift and nothing substantial to what appears to be a homicide. That part was annoying. When the end does arrive, I was thrilled that Crosby took care of the most hated (in my estimation) character, but it didn’t dilute my disastisfaction with the big reveal. I think there was another avenue that could have been taken, but Crosby took what probably was the only way out. This wasn’t nearly as edge-of-the-seat as the one I read earlier this year, but it will do in a jif. I have read worse lately, so it’s nice that Crosby can be counted on for a good whodunit that takes a few hours to plow through. 

~ by generationgbooks on November 26, 2017.

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