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When Elise Beckett’s long-distance beau, Stuart, offers her a dream job in organic horticulture research, she’s torn between the opportunity of a lifetime and her responsibilities at her family’s River Bend vineyard. But before Elise has time to make her decision, Uncle Edmond—the family’s money-loving and temper-toting black sheep—is found dead on vineyard land. What seemWhen Elise Beckett’s long-distance beau, Stuart, offers her a dream job in organic horticulture research, she’s torn between the opportunity of a lifetime and her responsibilities at her family’s River Bend vineyard. But before Elise has time to make her decision, Uncle Edmond—the family’s money-loving and temper-toting black sheep—is found dead on vineyard land. What seems to be an accidental drowning proves to be murder, and every Beckett, even Elise, is a suspect.Sheriff’s Deputy Jackson Landry must catch Edmond’s killer, and Elise is determined to help him—whether he wants her to or not. Delving deeper into the mystery, Jackson and Elise become tangled in a long vine of suspects and dark secrets. Now a race is on for them to stop the deadly plot before the murderer claims another victim....

Title : Grapes of Death
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ISBN : 9780738737522
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Grapes of Death Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-12-31 21:31

    This book was alright I suppose, but a little boring, and I really didn't enjoy all the sappy romance stirred into the mystery aspects.

  • Randee Baty
    2018-12-28 00:53

    Elise has a problem but in a good way. She works with her family on their winery in the Texas Hill Country developing new hybrid grape vines to make their grapes more drought resistent and flavorful and she loves it but she's just been offered a dream job in horticultural research by her handsome boyfriend that would provide a glamorous life in Dallas. What's a girl to do? When Elise returns home after a weekend in Dallas to contemplate her choices, she walks into the family home to find her mom and her Uncle Edmond in the midst of a very heated "discussion." Things go downhill from there and eventually dead bodies start turning up. This first book in the Tangled Vines mystery series has a somewhat predictable villian but the mystery was still interesting. It is well written and enjoyable but not surprising. The characters are believable but predictable. I do like the family dynamics because they remind me of my family. The family gets along well and loves each other but that doesn't mean they don't disagree at times. Definitely an entertaining myster with a little romance. So why not 4 stars? It felt a little thin at first. It took my a few chapters to get interested. I was quite caught up in the story by the end but it took a while to get that way. Nevertheless, I already have the second on of the series on my Kindle and I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm betting it gets more stars. Overall, an enjoyable story for cozy lovers, just give yourself time to get into it.I received this book through Netgalley and I appreciated the opportunity to read and review it.

  • Janice Liedl
    2019-01-08 02:26

    Elise is torn between two worlds, almost literally. There's the big city where her fiance, Stuart, and a new job he's offered, provides her one set of possibilities. Then there's her hometown with her family, their vineyard, her friends and that handsome, annoying Jackson who's not only her brother's best friend, he's also a local deputy. When family strife threatens first the business and, then, a whole lot more, Elise turns her back on the city, at least for now, to solve a lot of mysteries at home.There's romance and quirky local color in this cozy mystery drawing upon a destination vineyard that's also a family business. Elise fits the mold of the heroine in many ways: she's headstrong, loyal and smart. Sometimes her decisions aren't the wisest: you can bet that Elise always runs in where angels fear to tread. Jackson's a forbearing sort: you see from early on that he carries a torch for his best friend's little sister. Stuart, her fiance, is much less appealing. The battle lines are clearly drawn, in other words: readers will know where Elise's heart will lead them.The mystery isn't the hardest to unravel but the relationships, romantic and familial, are enchanting and Elise's extended family, as well as the rest of the local community, make for an interest and not overly annoying backdrop for a very easy read in what will surely be a sweet series. I'll be watching for more by Joni Folger!Review based on ARC provided by Midnight Ink through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

  • Arlena
    2019-01-19 00:51

    By: Joni FolgerPublished By: Midnight InkAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 4Book Blog For: GMTAReview:"Grapes of Death" by Joni Folger a contemporary romantic with mystery read. However, I did find this novel somewhat predictable but still a good novel. This is a ordinary story where we find Elise funds the vineyard, her brother runs the winery, mom and gram run the gift shop and special events. All is going well until the uncle Edmond now thinks that the property belonged to him. The glitch in this story is that the uncle comes up dead...yes, murdered and then we have a story about to bring on some interesting scenes that will kept you intrigued in this plot of this story. Elise was engaged and her fiancé wanted her to move to the 'big city,' but now she must help the local deputy Jackson who happen to be her brother's best friend solve this mystery. Now, if you are wondering about the fiancé, well maybe we should also wonder about Jackson's feeling for Elise. This is where I say you must pick p "Grapes of Death" to see how, where, what and who this author will bring to us only giving us a good story in the end. Would I recommend? YES!

  • Melissa
    2019-01-21 21:44

    Really, this is a 3 1/2 stars. It's a good first novel and I will read the next book when it's published. It's a good, fast read. The characters are interesting. I think some of the Texas "slang" is a little over the top. It's like she took the worst expressions of each part of the state and had them coming out of the characters' mouths. However, I can overlook that minor flaw. For the type of mystery ( which I am calling "chick-Lit Mystery") it was very entertaining.

  • Robin
    2019-01-01 23:35

    very enjoyable read. I love vineyards, and love reading stories where vineyards play apart of the story line. All the characters were likable from the beginning. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I will for sure pick the rest up in this series.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-24 00:40

    * I was given a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*A spunky protagonist, interesting plot and setting, and smoking chemistry between Elise and Jackson add up to a fine debut mystery. I'll definitely read more books in this series.

  • Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    2019-01-03 21:48

    Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.Grapes of Death is an entertaining but ultimately somewhat run-of-the-mill mystery in the cozy vein. Elise is an engaging character for the most part and Jackson is the perfect "good guy" policeman, honorable and trustworthy. He's also very easy on the eyes, which sometimes makes it hard for Elise to concentrate. Jax's relationship with Elise's family goes way back -- he and her brother have been close friends forever, and Jax is practically a member of the family. That easy familiarity and the sibling-like banter between Elise (El) and Jax masks a long-hidden attraction on both sides, and it was fun to watch them both trying to figure out whether to acknowledge the attraction or continue to ignore it -- complicated, of course, by the existence of Elise's mostly absent boyfriend.The rest of the characters are less well fleshed-out, which isn't unusual in a cozy mystery. Still, there's some good potential in Elise's sister, mother, and grandmother in particular. There's also the usual proliferation of suspects and red herrings, and a second murder just to ratchet up the tension. The Texas hill country setting provides a nice backdrop, with its vineyards and nearby small town.My biggest problem with Grapes of Death is that it felt predictable. I spotted the murderer within the first chapter or two. Granted, at that point I shook my head and told myself surely not, it's too obvious -- and to be fair, it's probably only obvious if you've read a lot of cozies and are really familiar with the conventions. But before the halfway mark, I was pretty sure my pick was at least involved, and as it turned out, I was right all down the line. In fact, there were only one or two real surprises in the whole thing, and one came from a relatively minor character who played an inadvertent part in the murder. (Actually, I thought his behavior wasn't well explained, but that's a relatively minor quibble.) My other problem with the book is with Elise. As I said above, I like her, but she has a serious case of insufficient caution, tending toward too-stupid-to-live. Several times she ignored the very sensible advice of others to put herself in danger -- of arrest for evidence-tampering and obstruction of justice at least, and potentially in real, life-threatening danger as well. Amateur curiosity and a determination to protect your family are all well and good, but you don't flaunt direct police orders even if he is your brother's best friend and you've known him forever. And the last instance could have gotten her killed. I believe I muttered, "You idiot!" on more than one occasion, and at least once it wasn't exactly muttering. The TSTL heroine is one of my pet peeves, and Elise skirted the very edge of it. I'm not entirely sure she didn't fall in.Finally, it would have been nice if the author had incorporated more details into the whole vineyard scenario. There were plenty of references to Elise's hybridization project, the details of which she had kept secret, but almost nothing about actually growing grapes, making and bottling wine, wine tastings, or any of the other aspects of running a winery. It made me feel as though the author had picked the setting as picturesque and interesting, but knew very little about the subject itself. Don't get me wrong; the lack doesn't really affect the mystery itself at all, but to me it made the book feel a little unbalanced.I give Grapes of Death a qualified 3 stars. Cozy mystery fans will probably like, but not love, this one. It's a competent and fairly entertaining mystery, but the above drawbacks kept me from completely losing myself in it. Still, the Elise-Jackson relationship may tempt me back for the second book when it comes out. FCC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • LORI CASWELL
    2019-01-02 22:27

    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 ThoughtsWhen 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.

  • Sally906
    2018-12-27 21:53

    A cosy mystery set in a vineyard – what a dream book for this little wannabe oenophile. The story opens with Elise driving home to consider a job opportunity her boyfriend has offered her – only it will involve leaving her home. She has asked him for time so she can discuss it with her family. The discussion goes out of the window when a huge row occurs between her mother and uncle and he storms off only to be found murdered the next day. All the family are now suspects; and it doesn’t help when a second victim is found on the property not long after. The local deputy Jackson is handsome, annoying and her brother's best friend; but he is also making Elise’s heart pound whenever he is around. Elise is the horticulturist for the winery and trying to develop drought resistant grapes that could prove a godsend for the winery so it will be tough on her family if she leaves to peruse a different destiny. But Elise is not going anywhere right now, as she can’t believe that anyone in her family is capable of murder and she thinks that Jackson is not looking outside the family; she decides to do her own sleuthing and find the murderer herself. Trouble is that when she finds the guilty person she may not live to tell the tale! Jackson is doing everything he can to keep Elise out of danger and actually do some proper investigation of his own but Elise doesn’t make it easy for him. GRAPES OF DEATH is a page turner with an interesting plot and twists and turns galore. There are quite a few supporting characters who are all very real to life and are used very effectively to lead the story line off in several different directions at once in order to keep this reader in suspense as to who dunnit until basically the same time as Elise found out. GRAPES OF DEATH is a great debut mystery and I'll definitely read more books in this series.

  • Tammy
    2019-01-14 05:38

    Elise Beckett has returned home to the family vineyard to help her mother and siblings run the winery that has been in the family for several generations after the death of her father. She is using her university education to create a new hybrid vine that will withstand the heat and drought that seems to be plaguing the area. But before she has a chance to see her first crop come in, her fiancee, Stuart, offers her a dream job. He is starting a new business and she would be over organic horticulture research but it would mean living in the city and leaving her family behind. Before she has a chance to think about her decision her Uncle Edmond is found dead on the vineyard property. It doesn't help that everyone in the community knows that Uncle Edmund was a money-hungry and was trying to get Elise's mother to give him a portion of the vineyard as an inheritance even though Elise's father left the entire vineyard to his wife and children. At first it appears his death is an accident but when it the medical examiner's report as a homicide everyone in the family and all the winery workers are suspects. Sheriff’s Deputy Jackson Landry is determined to find out who killed Uncle Edmond and document all his steps thoroughly as he is a long time family friend. Elise insists on helping him but to his annoyance.

  • Cindy
    2019-01-17 04:33

    Grapes of Death was a very good mystery with lots of action. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It was definitely a page turner! The main setting was a vineyard run by Elise and her family. I liked the characters in the family with her grandmother providing humor to the story. The author gave us a well developed story line and an intriguing mystery. In the romance department, sparks were flying between Elise and Jackson who is the sheriff investigating the murders. He is her brothers best friend and they grew up together. They make a perfect couple and I would like to see them together in future books.I hope there are more books planned in this Tangled Vines mystery. I would definitely read them. And I would highly recommend this book to those who like an excellent cozy mystery!* I was given this book to read by NetGalley and Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cindy
    2019-01-08 21:36

    I just happened to see this book at the library one day and picked it up. Overall it was an enjoyable read. The main character Elise's family owns a vineyard where her uncle is found murdered. Naturally she has to be involved with solving the case. The officer in charge of the case is a friend of the family since childhood and could be a boyfriend if the timing ever worked out when they both weren't seeing someone else. The thing that irritated me the most was how she totally disregarded what he would tell her as far as leaving along the evidence that was found. Like she figured since she had known him so long that she didn't have to listen to him. The mystery was pretty good and I didn't figure out who the bad guy was. As a plus, Elise has a shoe stealing cat.

  • Kaye
    2019-01-12 04:29

    Elise Beckett's family owns River Bend vineyard, and she's been working on hybridization to make the crop more drought resistant. Her long-distance boyfriend has offered her a dream job with him in Dallas in organic horticulture research, but before she can discuss it with her family her Uncle Edmund is found dead. When it turns out to be murder, Elise and her family friend Sheriff's Deputy Jackson Landry must catch the killer.This was a very fun read, I enjoyed it immensely. Elise was enjoyable character. I particularly liked her cat Chunk, a Siamese Snowshoe, since I have one myself (although not with the same bad habit). I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Monica
    2019-01-19 05:39

    I had just finished reading another series that has almost 20 books and I happened to see book 2 of this series at the library (I didn't know it was book 2 at the time). I picked it up because who wouldn't love wine and mystery. I started to read book 2 and enjoyed the beginning so much, I had to see if that was the first book or if there were more. Found this book at the library and could not put it down. I really enjoyed it. The series I read before this annoyed me so much that I couldn't find a thing wrong with this. Can't wait to get back to book 2 of this series.

  • Ann
    2019-01-09 03:35

    The problem with this book is I disliked the heroine from the start. Elise Beckett along with her family runs River Bend, a vineyard. Her uncle Edmund begins to hound Elise's mother to deed him a quarter of the vineyard. He feels slighted that his brother did not include him in his will. He is soon found murdered and the family is among the suspects. Elise is a smart mouthed, nosy B who can't let the police do their jobs. She knows better and breaks a mountain of laws by taking evidence, breaking into crime scenes and various other things. No thanks.

  • Ann
    2019-01-08 00:48

    This was a good mystery that was just a little predictable. Elise runs a vineyard for her family. Her brother runs the winery, mom and gram run the gift shop and special events. The only glitch is her uncle who thinks the property should have been his. Murder and financial meltdown lead up to a great ending, including the cute concerned police officer who investigates. A great cozy read.

  • Sandybear76
    2019-01-20 05:30

    first book of a new series. Elise and her family own a winery in Dallas. Her boyfriend is trying to get Elise to move to Dallas and to give his company the new hybridization Elise is developing in her family's fields. Uncle Edmond is trying to get some of the family land/winery but the family is not having any of that.

  • Richard Becker
    2018-12-24 23:24

    This was a quick, enjoyable read. It has a great plot with elements of industrial espionage concerning a vineyard, a murder mystery and romance. The characters are nice and spunky with some quirkiness. I did figure out the culprit about 3/4 of the way through, but it was not an easy mystery. I look forward to other novels to follow this remarkable debut.

  • Teri Anderson-cella
    2019-01-19 04:30

    Great read! I thought it was going to be another "who done it" sort of murder mystery. Was pleasantly surprised by the number of characters who had their hands in the pot! Easy o read and hard to put down!Thanks Joni Folger for the entertainment!

  • Melissa
    2019-01-17 05:37

    Joni did such a great job creating these characters, as well as introducing the family. We really get to know Elise and all her quirks, which may or may not get her in trouble sometime! Great first book in her series! Can't wait to read the next!

  • Michele
    2019-01-23 01:29

    This was entertaining, but there were issues with the writing that made some of the events easily predictable.

  • Carol Collins
    2019-01-23 05:44

    standard trope. Handsome policeman and career gal. Set around a family vineyard in Texas. Who knew Texans made wine?

  • Anne
    2019-01-20 21:31

    Tangled Vines Mystery

  • Carly
    2019-01-09 21:48

    3.5