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The sixth mystery in Ellen Crosby’s series moves between Virginia wine country and the Napa Valley, as vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery teams up with winemaker, and former flame, Quinn Santori to solve two mysterious deaths. When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, shThe sixth mystery in Ellen Crosby’s series moves between Virginia wine country and the Napa Valley, as vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery teams up with winemaker, and former flame, Quinn Santori to solve two mysterious deaths. When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Noble’s murky past. Once a member of the secretive “Mandrake Society,” Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty-years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research. A seemingly innocent favor for an old friend of her French grandfather’s sends Lucie to California where she teams up with Quinn Santori, who walked out of Lucie’s life months earlier. Soon Lucie and Quinn are embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game that takes them from glittering San Francisco to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and back home to Virginia, as they try to discover whether a killer may be seeking vengeance for the long-ago deaths. As Lucie and Quinn struggle to uncover the mystery, they must also decide whether they have a future together. Blending an intriguing mystery with an absorbing plot, vivid characters, and a richly evoked setting, The Sauvignon Secret should be savored like a glass of fine wine....

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The Sauvignon Secret Reviews

  • Jane
    2019-06-11 01:35

    This series, even more than some of the others I've read, is very character driven and the background is --especially by this book -- fairly dense. Newcomers should definitely read them in order. I actually had read this before when it first came out but didn't remember the important things such as who-dunnit or why so it was still a good read. Since it was such a long time between when this one came out and the next in the series (which came out last year) I'm glad I "accidentally" re-read this one and refreshed my memory on all the various characters and relationships. These are not fast paced thrillers but well-thought out mysteries in a fully developed world.

  • Amy Lignor
    2019-05-30 03:39

    This is the sixth tale in the intriguing, ‘Wine Country Mystery’ series, and readers will have an absolute ball with it!Fans will find Lucie Montgomery, wine grower, hip-deep in yet another murder investigation, and this time the victim is a wine merchant who Lucie was not exactly fond of - Paul Noble. It’s when Lucie goes to visit him to talk about getting a better price for her wine, that she finds Paul hanging from a rafter in his barn. Under the body sits a bottle of Lucie’s very own sauvignon with an unusual wine glass beside it. At first, it’s thought to be a suicide by the authorities, but not for long.While having dinner at the home of Charles, a friend, a conversation begins regarding an investigation into Charles’ past which includes Cold War research on humans. How does this affect the wine merchant’s death? Well, it seems that a small group known as the Mandrake Society, of which Paul was a member, are dying off one by one. And Charles asks Lucie to see if she can find out if the former owner of Rose Hill Vineyard was once a Mandrake member now using an alias. Lucie, who’s going to California anyway to visit Rose Hill, reluctantly agrees to check up on the owner. But Quinn Santori, her sometime lover, is also there, and treats her to a romantic whirlwind tour of San Francisco, Sonoma and the Napa Valley while they join forces to investigate a very interesting situation. Soon, it comes to light that Paul’s death was not the only mysterious one connected to this strange society, but it just may hold the key to a cover-up, a murder and a really determined killer. Anyone interested in the city of San Francisco and the wine country will absolutely love the descriptions and the history of winemaking in this novel. Readers will also love the romantic entanglement and the titillating mystery as they sit back, open up a bottle of wine, and enjoy this very fun story!

  • Melissa
    2019-06-19 00:41

    I wasn't too crazy about this series of mysteries except for the relationship between Lucie and her wine-maker Quinn. As the series has continued (this is the 6th book), I think the writing and plots have greatly improved. This was more about uncovering past secrets and a hidden murder and I enjoyed the storyline."When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Noble’s murky past. Once a member of the secretive “Mandrake Society,” Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty-years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research. A seemingly innocent favor for an old friend of her French grandfather’s sends Lucie to California where she teams up with Quinn Santori, who walked out of Lucie’s life months earlier. Soon Lucie and Quinn are embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game that takes them from glittering San Francisco to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and back home to Virginia, as they try to discover whether a killer may be seeking vengeance for the long-ago deaths. As Lucie and Quinn struggle to uncover the mystery, they must also decide whether they have a future together>"

  • Terri
    2019-06-21 02:34

    Didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. Made me think too much of what an attack on our drinking water would do. I like to read for entertainment. Also, I sure can't figure where the romance between the two main characters is going...and I don't think they can either.

  • Sally Smith
    2019-06-07 07:34

    I like this mystery series. It has more sophistication than most mystery series I find nowadays. Although most of the action in this series takes place in Virginia, the action in California made me want to return to San Francisco and Napa Valley.

  • Jenny Wheeler
    2019-06-20 05:21

    Ellen Crosby is still managing to maintain my interest and move me through her Wine country series. When I finished Book 5 I was thrilled to know I had Book 6 waiting and it didn't disappoint. I really enjoy the way Ellen weaves historical and setting information into her books, and this one is strong on that factor with a slight twist from the earlier ones because this time her main character Lucie goes to California and the Napa Valley. So there is a lot of local information shared as part of the story about things like Robert Louis Stevenson's honeymoon on Mt St Helens.The romantic sub plot with Quinn gets an airing -and some resolution as well - won't spoil it for thos still reading... A good continuation of what is a fascinating series.

  • Jeannine Stewart
    2019-06-15 01:42

    This series takes place, for the most part, in a Virginia vineyard and a lot of the story evolves around winemakers, growers and vineyard owner. In this novel, Lucie Montgomery, vineyard owner and main character, finds the body of a wine merchant hanging in his barn and this discovery draws her into a decades old mystery/love triangle and a trip to California with her French grandfather where she reunites with her vineyard manager/love interest, Quinn. A bit too much romance novel for my taste but a somewhat interesting plot with a few twists.

  • Emily Higgins
    2019-05-23 07:45

    Lucie Montgomery travels to California wine country with her grandfather. Her grandfather gives a speech to a prestigious group. Lucie spends time with her winemaker, Quinn. Quinn is resolving personal issues in California. Lucie is also trying to solve a mystery about a young woman's death many years ago.

  • Tami
    2019-06-15 00:28

    I am in love with Ellen Crosby. Informational & exciting all at the same time!

  • Jim
    2019-05-24 23:31

    Fun, but much more is a chick book than those earlier in the series.

  • Linda Smatzny
    2019-05-22 00:35

    In this book, Lucie Montgomery and her grandfather,Luc, travel to San Francisco. Lucie is doing a favor for someone and her grandfather is giving a speech. While there Lucie contacts Quinn Santori her winemaker to see if he has come to any decisions. She also starts asking questions about an accident that happened forty years earlier but seems tied to a recent suicide. The book ties up some loose ends from previous books in the series. The book was a quick easy read.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-22 03:24

    I decided to read two books this weekend that I had purchased awhile ago. They were by two different favorite authors and after reading them, I wondered why I waited so long. I think I may have saved them so I would have two books I could count on to enjoy and satisfy; something to look forward to for a rainy day, so to speak. This was one of the books and it did not disappoint. I really love this wine country series. They mysteries have been complex and so far no outlandish endings, with a murder that comes out of left field. The various relationships are also satisfying, from Lucie and Quinn, the vineyard owner and her winemaker, to Lucie’s cousin, brother, young niece and this book, her maternal grandfather. This book spends some time in California and the Napa Valley, thought Lucie’s vineyard is in Virginia. She is helping a neighbor and fellow vintner by tasting some grapes he would like to purchase and create a blend to sell. She is also helping a friend of her grandfathers who fears for his life. Members of a secret society he was involved with in his youth seem to be dying off one by one. This is the source of the mystery in the book, but there is also the side story, romantic mystery of Lucie and Quinn’s relationship. Quinn has been in California wrapping up some personal matters after the death of his mother; but he is taking so much time, Lucie fears he will not be coming back to her Virginia winery. He does help her with her tasks in California and along the way proves a great tour guide not only in San Francisco but in the Napa Valley, as well. He grew up in California and worked in the Valley as well, but had to leave under a cloud after the collapse of one of the wineries where he was employed. It becomes apparent that he was collateral damage in the affair and not the cause, but his love of Napa is apparent, which only concerns Lucie more. I have fond memories of Napa myself – no, I have no involvement in wine making, but I do love wine. My husband and I toured the valley shortly after we married, with his older brother, who now lives in Napa, as our tour guide. I would love to go back again. This book resolves into a very satisfying conclusion, though it did seem to end a bit abruptly on the romantic front. I look forward to more and I certainly hope there will be more. In the meantime, I’m thinking of purchasing the current books that I don’t own in the series and starting all over again.

  • Susan
    2019-06-14 05:45

    The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby is the 6th book of the Wine Country mystery series, set in contemporary Virginia and Northern California. Lucie Montgomery owns and operates the winery established by her parents, with its rich tradition of French culture adapted to Virginia terroir. Like any winery, hers is affected by fluctuations in weather, pests, and market price. When wine distributor Paul Noble plans to extort a high price that will not allow her to cover costs, Lucie goes to plead with him - and finds him dead. Lucie's French grandfather comes to visit unexpectedly, on his way to giving a talk in California Wine country. An old friend of her grandfather pressures Lucie to accompany her grandfather on the trip, to investigate a Napa Valley winery. He believes its former owner was in a secret society, and is now seeking revenge for a past cover-up. Coincidentally (or is it?) a Virginia winemaker new to the business (and impatient for his own grapes to mature) has asked Lucie to help him purchase a blend of grapes from the same Napa Valley winery. In San Francisco, Lucie reconnects with Quinn Santori, her winery's winemaker. In a pleasurable reunion, Quinn takes Lucie sightseeing along the coast: "If Quinn could have ordered up a day to dazzle me, along with the breathtaking scenery of the coast road, it would have been this one. The highway wound in and out of one pretty little bay after another, the Pacific flashing cobalt and turquoise, whitecaps crashing onto a rocky shoreline dotted with drifts of wildflowers. In some places, the heathery Santa Cruz Mountains telescoped out into the ocean, and the serpentine road cut inland so deeply that it looked like we were driving straight into the mountains. Then the highway would make a corkscrew turn and we'd wrap around another bend where the outside edge of the road fell away to a vertigo-inducing drop off a jagged cliff to the ocean below." Lucie clearly sees how and why Quinn loves his native California, but still fervently hopes he will return to Virginia and resume their relationship. So far he will only commit to honoring his promise to return for the harvest.Quinn is reluctant to risk the danger of investigating the secret society, but Lucie feels she must right an old wrong, even if it costs her the relationship with Quinn.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-21 07:46

    Virginia vineyard owner Lucy only wanted to argue with her overbearing, price-gouging distributor when she visited him; she never expected to find him dead, hanging in his own barn, with a bottle of her wine next to him. She also doesn't expect the mystery to lead her to local bigwig Charles Thiessen (sp?), who draws in both Lucy and her visiting French grandfather to help him save his own life. Something happened in the past, with a secret government group to which Charles was adjunct, and now someone seems to be taking revenge on all the former members. Although protesting, Lucy goes to California with her grandfather under the guise of testing out some wine for a former lover turned vineyard owner; while she really is checking the wine, she's also checking out the California vineyard's former owner. In the meantime, she's also re-connecting with her colleague and lover Quinn, who moved back to California after his mother died. Will he return to Virginia? Will he return to her? Also, what really happened in the past? Is Charles really in danger?This one surprised me by going a completely different route than I had expected--I thought it would be an investigation into the death by hanging of the wine distributor, and Lucy would be suspected because of her wine, but the hanged man turned out to be a really minor character. The book was only half about the mystery from the past, and half about Lucy and Quinn and their relationship. It made for an interesting book with wonderful descriptions of both Virginia and California, though I did sometimes get lost in the plot a bit--I was listening to it as an audiobook, so it was hard to go back and check on things. Mostly I checked this book out of the library because it was partially set in Napa and Calistoga, and I listened to it while returning home from a trip to that very area--we stayed in Calistoga ourselves. It's always fun to be familiar with the setting of a book. Anyway, enjoyable!

  • Karen
    2019-06-19 02:45

    The Sauvignon Secret: A Wine Country Mystery: to put it simply... this is a fun read! I liked it! I had not read any of Ellen Crosby's books before this one, but I am changing that fact quickly! I'll be reading more of Crosby's Lucie and Quinn books soon. Why did I like it so much? I thought Crosby did an excellent job in moving her characters from the comfort of their world in Virginia and immersing them all into unfamiliar territory, a place that happens to be one of my favorite areas of the world! California's wine country! I liked the plot and loved the tie in with her secret, old Mandrake Society. I usually love to read stories that span generations in time, yet have a place in today's world. Also, I just flat out like her characters!Crosby's characters are all richly drawn so the reader has a clear understanding of who and what the characters are. Even for someone like me, jumping into the series head first, into the sixth book, I was quickly drawn into the plot as there's nothing like a dead body next to a wine bottle to start a mystery off right! Crosby's writing is sharp and measured for most of the book. My little issue was that I thought a bit of the book, towards the ending, was a bit long. I though it could have been edited down a bit.I found it easy to get into Lucie and Quinn's world and felt at ease there because of the tightly woven plot lines that Crosby used in telling this story. And that's really what it's all about. I liked the story, I wanted to find out what happened and why. Pretty simple stuff. but too many authors miss that point. This author didn't. Nope, not at all. This is good right down to the last drop...errr page.I give it a big old 3 1/2 stars!This e-galley was provided to me at my request by the publisher, and in no way did it affect my review.

  • Nancy
    2019-06-05 02:23

    If rumors are true, this is the last in the Lucie Montgomery wine making series by Ellen Crosby. Apparently, she has deciding to branch off in a new direction, which I find disappointing, since this is one of my favorite series and I hate to see them go. When you are six books into a series, the characters begin to feel more like friends, then actual words in a book."I didn’t want to kill Paul Noble. Yes, I said I did. Worse, I said it in a public place. In my defense, half a dozen people at that same meeting chimed in. “Get in line” or “join the club” or “you and me both. It was a figure of speech, and everyone in the room—twenty-five northern Virginia winemakers like me—knew it."Lucie Montgomery is left rethinking her words when she finds the body of Paul Noble, a local wine merchant, hanging from a beam in an apparent suicide with a bottle of Montgomery Vineyards wine tipped over underneath him. This is so not going to be a good day and as the story of Paul’s past comes to the forefront; Lucie slowly unravels the cover-up of classified government research, murders and other secrets that might have been better left buried.Branching out from the usual Virginia landscape, Lucie and her grandfather travel to San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as they uncover the clues to this murder mystery. Quinn Santori reappears, but as Lucie and her self-confidence grow, she and Quinn must decide if they have a future together. Do they have enough to keep them together or is it time to go their separate ways.I guess we will have to see what Ms Crosby’s decision will be concerning this series, but I do hope that she will give us a new book from time to time and we can keep connected to the vineyard and the people of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Ed
    2019-05-29 02:30

    #6 in the Wine Country series. A typical entry in what might be the series finale. The annual sequence stopped with this book in 2011 and author Crosby's next book Multiple Exposure (2013)introduced a new series character - photographer Sophie Medina. This entry had somewhat less Virginia grape growing and winemaking lore than usual, but made up for it by a trip to San Francisco's Bay Area and the winemaking areas of the Napa and Sonoma valleys. SPOILER ALERT: An uber-coincidence and a major disappointment came when garden center owner Noah Seely suggested, as an example, one of many ways to create a bio-weapon and that exact method was used by an unrelated character.Wine Country mystery - When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio, she is dragged into Noble’s murky past. Once a member of the secretive “Mandrake Society,” Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty-years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research. A seemingly innocent favor for an old friend of her French grandfather’s sends Lucie to California where she teams up with Quinn Santori, who walked out of Lucie’s life months earlier. Soon Lucie and Quinn are embroiled in a game that takes them from San Francisco to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and back home to Virginia, as they try to discover whether a killer may be seeking vengeance for the long-ago deaths. As Lucie and Quinn struggle to uncover the mystery, they must also decide whether they have a future together.

  • Alannah Davis
    2019-06-17 07:21

    My first time reading one of Ellen Crosby's Wine Country series of mysteries. After Virginia vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery finds the body of wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from the rafters of his studio with a mysteriously distinctive wineglass (along with one of her wines) nearby, she's plunged into a mystery that could mean danger for a family friend. Her grandfather, Luc, visits from France on his way to give a talk to an exclusive, high-ranking club in California. Lucie joins Luc on his trip to California - ostensibly to buy wine for a fellow vintner and to investigate a 40-year-old cover-up that ties in with Paul Noble's hanging (suicide? or murder?), but is she really there to try to regenerate her romance with her former winemaker, Quinn?There is a lot to love about this book. The characters are fully rounded and I care about them. The descriptions of both Virginia and California are so lush that I can picture myself there. Either Crosby knows both places quite well, or she's done thorough research. The storyline is intricately woven and I couldn't wait to see where it took me. At the end, I wasn't disappointed. I've been reading mysteries for so many years that it's difficult to surprise me. This ending definitely surprised me. I highly recommend this! If it's true, as other reviewers have said, that this is the last book in the series, it's a shame - I would definitely have looked for the next books in the series. But Crosby sends her characters off with a great bang.

  • Georgette
    2019-06-05 07:42

    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.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-22 04:44

    I've enjoyed this series over the years and have put off reading this book for quite some time because I knew it was the final one. Lucie has always been a great character, insecure a lot of times, but overall smart and mature compared to other protagonist in cozy mysteries. I've loved the setting, learning little snippets about wine making and of course the hit and miss love interest with Quinn. With that said, I'm pretty dissappointed with how this one ended. The relationship aspect was very rushed, certain things were too easily forgiven and not everything was explained on Quinn's part. The only reason I gave this one three stars is because the mystery part was really intriguing. Lucie was trying to solve something that happened many years earlier and that isn't always easy to keep interesting for a reader especially when it doesn't invlove any of the usual characters! What I really liked in this addition, was the fact that a good chunk of it took place in San Franscico. I enjoyed reading about some familiar spots and learning about some new interesting ones. I really want to try one of those coffees from the Buena Vista now. It's always dissappointing when something doesn't end so great. Happy to finally cross this one off my list just wish it would have gone out with a bigger bang.

  • dOnnabud lewis
    2019-06-17 00:47

    another awesome facet of the wine country mysteries. into the intriguing plot, crosby weaves fascinating facts about wine: its historical roots in france, thomas jefferson's passion for it and his efforts at establishing vineyards in virginia, and california's current dominance in the market (especially napa and sonoma).two of my favorite quotes are below:“The conductor rang the bell, and I felt a giddy, manic thrill as we climbed Nob Hill then up and over Pacific Heights before plunging down the roller-coaster-steep street toward the water. There seemed to be no limit to the number of passengers the conductor was prepared to take on until, finally, the old-fashioned car was packed inside and out with people hanging on to the running board grab bars like barnacles on a ship.” page 99“The Byrds were singing “Turn, Turn, Turn” on the radio and I felt a queer tug of nostalgia for a time and place I never knew, the sun-drenched, free-spirited, live-and-let-live California of all the era-defining, generation-shaping songs that caused Penelope to become Harmony nearly half a century ago and never look back.” pages 121-122i recommend the entire series, which is especially compelling when read in sequence ((*.*))

  • Kelly Robinson
    2019-05-26 03:30

    Although this is the sixth book in the Wine Country Mysteries series by Ellen Crosby (and rumored to be the last wine mystery) it was my first read of this series. Definitely an enjoyable, light, beach or afternoon read type mystery. Although I did not read previous works, I found it easy to catch up with who all of the characters were and the dynamic between characters. The plot begins with Lucie Montgomery, a wine maker in Virginia, finding the maligned wine broker Paul Noble dead. Lucie herself had just threatened to kill him the week before, but the death is considered a suicide. Despite this, Lucie is unwittingly dragged into the mystery of Paul's death when her french grandfather comes to town. At a party, her grandfather's friend tells them of the secret Mandrake Society, a group of radical scientists that may be responsible for several deaths. Lucie's investigation brings her to California wine country and back into the arms of Quinn, her winemaker/romantic interest who had left Virginia abruptly several months earlier. There are several twists and turns along the way, not only in the mystery but also in Lucie and Quinn's relationship. I found the plot and Virginia wine country setting to be quite original, and plan on reading more by Ellen Crosby.

  • Sue
    2019-06-10 02:28

    If I could, I would give this book 4.75 stars. The whodunit was a total surprise, which I loved. But there was a simmering, tiny, additional whodunit that was a little less of a surprise, which keeps this from getting 5 stars. Venturing from Virginia into Napa Wine Country was a nice change of pace, too...one that I didn't even know I needed! (And finding out some statistics on who provides the domestic wines was interesting!)There was an underlying sub-plot where Lucie and her grandfather and Eli emerged as a very loving family. I like it when I care about the characters in a series, and the Montgomery family is one I wouldn't mind meeting in "real life."There was a change in the narrator from the last few in the series (Rachael Warren read this one). I was used to Christine Marshall's style, but it was almost as if the narrators hadn't even been changed - both are excellent. The only differece, from my perspective, - and it was subtle - was that Lucie came off aa little more Southern, which was fine by me. The entire performance was terrific.I have no idea when the next installment will be published, but I am very much looking forward to it!

  • Lois
    2019-06-17 06:45

    When a distributor of Lucie's wines attempts to railroad her into selling her wine more cheaply to him, Lucie determines to confront him but then on her arrival finds him hanging, an apparent suicide. At his feet is a bottle of Lucie's sauvignon and a strangely marked wineglass. Lucie, wanting to clear herself of suspicion, embarks upon an investigation into his death. The mystery becomes embroiled with a neighbor who had worked with Lucie's grandfather in the diplomatic services and who wished Lucie to try to determine more about the mysterious glass and how it might be related to his past. Lucie accompanies her grandfather to Napa Valley, where she seeks clues and meets with Quinn who had returned to California to settle his mother's estate. We are treated to more information about wine production and grape growing in Napa Valley, which I found interesting. Lots of threads which are pulled together to make a pretty good story.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-23 01:47

    about the same for me as the earlier books in the series -- there's a charm, and they are not taxing to read, which is working for my shoddy focus at the moment. but they aren't incredible literature. lucie's 80-something-year-old grandfather, luc, makes another appearance, visiting from france. he's a lovely, interesting, enjoyable character. some of the action moves to california wine country in this instalment. again, crosby is very good with setting. unsurprisingly (?), the eating and drinking in this series are impressively delicious sounding. i can totally see this series becoming a TV show. wouldn't surprise me at all to learn an adaptation is underway. when's the last time we had a good (snort!) vineyard-set TV series? falcon crest? oh, billy moses!

  • Kathy
    2019-06-21 02:43

    I was thrilled to review an ebook ARC of The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby as I have been loving this series of Wine Country Mysteries set in Virginia. We traveled trough Virginia on Highway 50 a few years ago so the area is very familiar to me. This edition of the Wine Country Mysteries was also set in the San Francisco area including the Sonoma and Napa wine producing areas. As I was just there last week, every area they visited was totally familiar to me which made reading this book even more fun!I have been really enjoying this series as the murder mysteries are blended into the travails of a fledgling wine producing operation and the romantic overtones of Lucie and Quinn's relationship.Highly recommend The Sauvignon Secret as well as the entire series of the Wine Country Mysteries.

  • William Bentrim
    2019-06-10 02:30

    The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen CrosbyThis is a romance mystery set in wine country. A vineyard owner finds herself involved in a decades old mystery with contemporary dangers while she tries to sort out her love life. Lucie is headstrong and abrupt in her role as the catalyst in a romantic mystery. Quinn is her apparently unrequited love and their relationship or lack there of fuels a lot of the tension in the book. I like the relationships Lucie has with her brother, niece, cousin and grandfather. I guess if you removed the family members you would have to write a different book. The decades old mystery and the mysterious Mandrake Society provides a bit of tension as the mystery morphs into modern times. I recommend the book.

  • Alicia
    2019-05-28 02:40

    I liked this book, but I realized only after I started reading that it was from a series. And I’d picked the 6th book in said series to start with. Therefore, the personal life of the characters at times seemed confusing to me, and that’s because I’d missed the earlier story. The plot was good and kept me guessing. The characters were intriguing and easy to relate with. The scenery was described beautifully. The pacing of this book was fast, but it fit the story being told. The ending was slightly abrupt in my mind but good. It fit the characters and the notion that it’s not the last book in the series. Therefore, more information will come in the next book.

  • Meghan
    2019-05-26 02:49

    There were some really sweet parts of this book, but the ending/resolution left me unbelievably disappointed. Especially since it seems to be the end of the series. Everything is apparently magically okay with Q and L, there's no discussion of what baggage he had to sort through in CA and no discussion of exactly how he got over his hangups. Speaking of which--I loved Quinn--but dude. Be a man. And Lucie--really swallowing what you want to keep from losing him sucks as a strategy. Yes, you got him in the end, but only because of the biggest deus ex machina I've ever seen. Glad you're happy I guess?

  • Judy Iliff
    2019-06-17 00:49

    I thought this, the 6th in the series, was the best one yet of the Wine Country mysteries. Lucie is asked, as a favor, to travel to California with her grandfather who is scheduled to make a presentation to a select group of men. Lucie's purpose is to check out some wine that is being sold for re-bottling that her neighbor wants to buy, to check to see if a particular vineyard that has just been sold was previously owned by a former colleague of Pepe's friend. Soon Lucie and Quinn, her former (soon to return?) winemaker are embroiled in a mystery like no other.