Harvest Of Secrets: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby (4 out of 5)

The newest installment of the Wine Country Mystery series finds Lucie, our lead, and her fiance Quinn, rushing through the final stages of Harvest season, in an attempt to get their vino out ahead of an incoming hurricane, which threatens to wipe out everything. Our favorite winemakers from Atoka, Virginia, are further unsettled when a skull is discovered in their family cemetery. Lucie’s first major crush, a renowned wine merchant by the name of Jean-Claude, arrives in town to be the lead winemaker at their neighboring winery. Things don’t quite go as planned when an irate Lucie goes to confront the snooty Rico Suave and finds him dead, stabbed to death with wine scissors. *No joke- they exist!* Between the investigation of Jean-Claude’s murder, trying to figure out who the unearthed skull belongs to, an immigration crisis which may be tied to the murder, trails of broken hearts left by the deceased winemaker, and the hurricane threat, things are hopping in wine country. Will they get to the bottom of the mysteries before someone else turns up dead, or will it cease being the days of wine and roses? Lucie and her winery always provide a comfortable setting for this niche mystery series, and this was no exception. Good stuff, and the only thing that confused me was why she kept her DNA/Ancestry search such a secret from her fiance and fellow siblings. That is a pretty commonplace thing these days, so I was a bit befuddled at the lengths Lucie went to when she makes contact with a potential family member. Otherwise, the same reliable good read from Ellen Crosby. This is out now in hardcover, brought to us by the fine folks at Minotaur Books, an imprint of St Martin Press.

~ by generationgbooks on December 12, 2018.

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