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"Finely ladled suspense," says the Sun-Sentinel about the complex flavor of Ellen Crosby's debut mystery set in the wealthy Blue Ridge wine country of northern Virginia, where vineyard heiress Lucie Montgomery must find a killer or lose her cherished family heritage.A phone call at two thirty in the morning is never good news. Lucie Montgomery's semiestranged brother, Eli,"Finely ladled suspense," says the Sun-Sentinel about the complex flavor of Ellen Crosby's debut mystery set in the wealthy Blue Ridge wine country of northern Virginia, where vineyard heiress Lucie Montgomery must find a killer or lose her cherished family heritage.A phone call at two thirty in the morning is never good news. Lucie Montgomery's semiestranged brother, Eli, calls her in France to tell her their father, Leland, has been killed in a hunting accident on the family's five-hundred-acre Virginia vineyard just as the fall harvest is about to begin. By the time he calls, Eli has already made funeral arrangements with what Lucie argues is indecent haste. It is an emotional trip home -- the first since an automobile accident two years ago, which left Lucie disabled and dependent on a cane. Her family's once elegant home and winery are now shabby and run-down, thanks to her father's penchant for fringy business deals. Eli, also cash-strapped and desperate to support his new wife's extravagant lifestyle, has already convinced their rebellious younger sister, Mia, to sell the debt-ridden estate and reap the profits from the valuable land it sits on, overruling Lucie's protests. On the eve of the funeral Lucie's godfather, Fitz, a partner in the family business, tells her Leland's death was no accident. Whoever killed him was motivated by the potential sale of the vineyard. It is the last conversation she will have with Fitz. Now the lone holdout preventing the vineyard sale, Lucie realizes she's next in line for another "accident." With her greedy brother, hell-raising sister, and a seemingly cut-rate vintner hired by Leland just before he died, all the suspects are disturbingly close to home. Unsure whom she can trust, Lucie must uncover the truth about the deaths of her father and godfather -- and oversee a successful harvest to save the vineyard she loves....

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The Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery Reviews

  • James
    2019-04-03 11:37

    3 stars to Ellen Crosby's The Merlot Murders. I was very much looking forward to reading this book and in the end, I was glad I did. It was a complex whodunit mystery with a few side stories and a great new series full of interesting characters, settings and possibilities.StoryLucie returns home to Virginia from France after her father passes away. Some whispered it was murder, but her siblings just want to sell the family home and winery to be able to move on. With a new vintner, and some very distinct changes in personality of former friends and family, the 2 years Lucie's been gone since her car accident seem to have resulted in a significantly new landscape.Lucie is determined to keep the winery and through a few deals and the will reading, she believes she can afford to keep it open, assuming she doesn't fall prey to the killer who seems to be out for her family. After uncovering a few truths, some hidden money and more motives that she could imagine, the surprise killer is one of the trusted.Strengths1. The setting and backdrop are fantastic. The land and environment is beautifully described. The wine-making process is detailed but not boring. The characters are clear and match Virginia expectations.2. Lucie is an admirable protagonist. She has her flaws but she is determined and is very real. I would like to be friends with her.Weaknesses1. The ending is abrupt. As is typical for this type of story, the killer is revealed and the true motives become clear. But then it ends with a one-page wrap up of what happens next. I want to know how Lucie handles the new money, understand more about the necklace and papers found with it, and learn what happened to this year's wine harvest. While I'm sure some are covered in the next book of the series, I think an additional chapter was needed to roll out the ending of this story in a typical Virginian drawl............2. Lucie is flawed which is perfect for any hero or heroine; however, her taste in men is quite bad. For such a smart woman, she seems to allow her boyfriends to do things she wouldn't let anyone else in her life get away with. I'm not sure I believe that she was just blinded with love over Phillipe or Greg or anyone else. I think she should be a little smarter in this area.Final ThoughtsI really appreciate the value of this new series. It's not a cozy, but it's not quite a thriller. It's a good whodunit mystery with some great characters and lots of possibilities. I look forward to picking up another story in this series.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-04-03 17:56

    I didn't realize this is part of a series when I picked it up - in fact, I didn't figure it out until I got to the end of the book and thought there should be more to the story, so I looked up the author's name and discovered more Wine Country Mystery books. Don't get me wrong - the murder mystery in this one is nicely solved, it's the family story that continues on. The author does a very nice job of getting the reader into the mindset of the winery owners, and there's a wine primer of sorts scattered throughout. I imagine this will continue in succeeding books, along with more of the story on what so far is a very dysfunctional family. And it looks as well that the titles will be alliterative - the next one isThe Chardonnay Charade

  • Chaitra
    2019-03-31 09:47

    I've been reading good cozies for a while now, and this book is a sort of return to my old history with them. So Lucie's not completely stupid. No, scratch that - she is completely stupid. She gets into accidents that are not her making, sure, but her I'm completely fine reactions are over the top and annoying. Her crutch is that she literally has a crutch to walk with having had an accident that mangled her leg. I would think that would make her more concerned for her well-being after an accident, but she seems to be set on proving herself Superwoman. I can't also relate to a woman who knowingly gets herself into relationships with bad boys. I mean, her latest guy gambles with the money she got as her accident settlement, gets her into dangerous situations with the mob and she still doesn't kick the man out. He clears out her entire money out as a result and she just takes it with resignation. Apparently this we're supposed to sympathize with, but her brother isn't allowed a relationship with a sexy gold-digger. I'm not sure what the difference is, and how it is not hypocritical. Not that I cared for Eli, but at least agreed with him when he repeatedly exhorted his shrill sister to calm down. I didn't care much for the information dump about wine making - I like drinking it, not particularly its making. And since I don't think I've drunk a single wine that was made in Virginia, the location wasn't particularly interesting either. The murder mystery itself is sub-par. I deduced who the murderer was by eliminating every single person our heroine suspects. There was one person she studiously did not look at, and sure enough, that was our killer. Never mind motive. That wasn't important. Since this is fairly standard for most cozies, what I would look for is a good supporting cast. That was severely lacking in the book - there was not a single person I cared for or related to, not a single colorful character. Disappointing. I will give the next couple of books a try, because sometimes they change for the better, but it's not something I'll do in a hurry. 2 stars.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-26 09:49

    I was going to give this 2 stars, but since I'm planning to read the next book in the series, I guess I must have liked it a little more than that! I listened to this book, and I must say I really enjoyed the descriptive language more than I probably would have had I been reading the book. Plus, I've noticed that the second book in a series is often better than the first, so I'm cautiously optimistic!Partially crippled in a car accident 2 years ago, Lucie Montgomery has been living in France with her no-account boyfriend when she learns her father, Leland, has been killed in a hunting accident and is summoned home by her brother Eli to the Virginia vineyard where she grew up to attend the funeral. Upon her arrival, she is bombarded with all kinds of news! Her brother and her little sister, Mia, want to sell the vineyard, Mia is sleeping with Lucie's ex-boyfriend, Greg, (who caused the accident that crippled her), and Fitz, her godfather and partner in the vineyard tells her that he thinks that Leland was murdered. Fitz's murder seems to lend credence to his assertion that someone may indeed have killed Leland. The vineyard is in financial trouble, but some mysterious person or group wants to buy it, and Lucie is the next target since she is adamantly opposed to selling the vineyard with all of its rich history and the family home. Several people had motives to kill her, but the murderer came as a surprise to me!I had a little trouble relating to Lucie even though I liked her determination to continue with the wine-making legacy. She seems to have a bit of a chip on her shoulder due to her bad leg, and she carries her insistence that she's "fine" all the time a little too far. Normal people call the police and go to the hospital when their car has been run off the road and rolled over several times - they're not "fine!" I like a little quirkiness in the heroines in cozies, but mortal stupidity really annoys me! I DO want to see what happens in the next book, though!

  • Sandie
    2019-03-24 15:45

    A murder mystery deftly intertwined with instruction in the basics of wine making as well as a little Virginia winemaking history is the imaginative cocktail offered up by author Ellen Crosby in The Merlot Murders. Lucie Montgomery is an improbably heroine with an equally unlikely occupation. She is a woman who overcomes obstacles, both physical and emotional as she delves into two mysterious deaths while fending off a former lover, an abrasive vintner with a questionable past, assorted inquisitive friends and neighbors as well as a couple of greedy siblings. Ms. Crosby has presented us with a myriad questions to be answered before this mystery can be solved. Was Lucies father's accident really murder? Who killed her godfather, Fitz? Where is her mother's priceless diamond necklace? Who is secretly trying to buy the family winery? What secrets are her brother and sister-in-law concealing? Who is responsible for the near-deadly "accidents" that have befallen Lucie? There are an abundance of suspects, all possessing means and motive for murder. Ms. Crosby's tale is a charming and unusual variation of the run of the mill murder mystery. Whoever would have thought of utilize fermenting wine bubbles as a murder weapon? Who knew that wine fermentation could produce a lethal dose of carbon dioxide? Obviously Ms. Crosby does Diana Mott Davidson and Ellen Crosby appear to be kindred spirits. While one tempted us with Killer Pancakes, the other has produced an uncommon story that packs a one-two punch by combining interesting historical information with a captivating read that keeps you entertained from page one .

  • Stephanie A. Cain
    2019-03-23 14:55

    I really enjoyed this one. The main character, Lucie, is an engaging character, and the setting is like a character of its own. You learn a lot about the process of growing grapes and making wine, as well as the history of the Virginia wine country.Lucie Montgomery has needed cane to walk since the accident that ended her relationship with Greg Knight two years ago. She went to France to recover and only returns to America when her father is found dead in the family vineyard. There she discovers her younger sister dating Greg, her brother ruled by his high-flying lifestyle, and the family estate mortgaged to the hilt.As she struggles to keep the vineyard and make the harvest, more bodies turn up, and she has to face the fact that someone will stop at nothing to persuade her to sell the farm. Add in a vintner with a mysterious past and old high school friends, and you have a nice blend for a good mystery.I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume in the series.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-07 10:46

    This was a hard book for me to get through until I decided to gloss over the constant references to Jefferson wanting to start wineries in Virginia. And I like history but this got to be to much.For me there were to many characters and the main character seemed to be defined by her disability which occurred in an auto accident and not the fact that she is a strong and determined woman. I have to admit I would have put the book down by the 3rd chapter but the writing is very good. Will I read any more in the series? I'm not sure. I would like to know what happens to some of the other characters who were there and then just disappeared, mainly because I don't like loose ends, but I won't be hurrying to get the next one.

  • Anna
    2019-03-25 13:32

    I like mysteries, thrillers, detectives, police procedurals, you name it. And while I have a few favorite authors (Camilleri, Connelly, F. Kellerman, Larsson etc etc), I'm always worried that I soon run out of the cases by my favorite detectives, so I'm constantly searching for new mysteries to fill the future void and to expand the horizons. If I like the author, great, if not, at least I tried. And I would or will try another Wine Country mystery if one will cross my paths in the future...What I really enjoyed about this mystery was all the details about winemaking, and about the region where it was based. Lucie, the protagonist, was fascinating too (she does not like being told what she can and what she can't do). And there was enough twists, action, intriguing characters and things happening for a cozy type of mystery. (I guess they also help me define my favorite ones much better: I can do one or two occasional cozy mysteries, but too many of these cause diabetes. I need something much manlier, like Connelly, Ludlum, Forsyth, for most of the time)I'd recommend the book for those who like light, cozy, bubbly mysteries. If I had to define this book as a wine flavor, I'd say it was more a chardonnay than a merlot (merlot needs more body... bodies in this case, stronger flavor, way more aftertaste flavors, and makes you be able to drink more than a glass or two when you want. And less feminine flavor). There is a perfect blend of characters, and a good amount of things happening in this cozy mystery. (It's not this book, it's me. I just need WAY more twists, like in a Connelly, way more outrageous things happening, like in a Ludlum, and way more masculine writing, lke right now Forsyth).http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6...

  • Angela Holland
    2019-03-25 11:38

    I know I have said this about cozies before, but I loved this book. I enjoy all cozies that I read but this even more than others. One thing I like is that there was a little history involved in the story telling. Lucie is a person that I liked from page one, I even felt sorry for her at times even though she I think she can be a strong person. Greg made me want to reach in the book and slap him silly as well as Eli. I did not like either of them. Quinn is a person that one minute I liked and the next I did not. I still think there is some sort of mystery behind him that I hope to find out more about in future books. This is a series that I plan on continuing. There are many people that this book can appeal to, wine lovers, history lovers and mystery lovers. The history of wine and merlot in particular was very interesting to me. I recommend this book to all. I give is five stars.

  • Lesley Looper
    2019-04-03 09:40

    After reading a couple other books in this series, I decided to go back and read the first one. I'm glad I did, as it gave me some history for the rest of the series. Each book could probably be read on its own just fine, but it's nice to have some background information sometimes. This book was a little on the dark side (deaths, betrayals, injuries, and such), but still a decent read.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-27 14:44

    I blame my dark eye circles and constant yawning today on this book; I made the mistake of starting The Merlot Murders late last night with the thought that I’d read a few chapters before retiring to bed. That never ended up happening, because it was simply impossible put the book down. I must confess, first of all, that I know virtually nothing about wine and have little interest in it. I don’t even like drinking it. But it speaks to Ellen Crosby’s excellent writing that I enjoyed not only the intricately woven mystery and characters, but the glimpses of the wine production process.First of all, there’s something about The Merlot Murders that feels so… vintage. In fact, the countryside atmosphere is so well-crafted that I was under the impression that it had a historical setting for quite a while. Something about it speaks to lovers of romance; there’s something wonderfully earthy and realistic about it. Perhaps it’s the way the setting is largely distanced from the trappings of modern technology? Whatever it is, I loved it.The mystery is refreshingly not a straightforward one, nor is it so much centered on murders as it is about a web of characters, each with their own secrets and motives to hide. It was fascinating to watch everything unfold as Lucie returns to her home – to face the painful past that she’d left behind, and reconnect with the people she thought she knew, but had changed beyond recognition. There were two murders in total, both of which were very much rooted in secrets buried in the distant past. In a way, it’s a story of how far people can be driven by greed, and it’s the type of mystery that I like best; driven by the human condition.Remarkably, none of the characters are particularly likeable. Even Lucie is too judgmental and bad-tempered, and Quinn is not only ornery but has a rather off-putting physical description. However, they make interesting character studies, and it is proof that you don’t necessarily need likeable characters for the book to be an enjoyable one. Besides, it leaves them considerable room to grow in later books, which is an exciting thought.

  • E
    2019-04-12 11:32

    Okay, yeah sure, I usually prefer more hard-boiled, dark detective fiction with PIs or police procedurals and avoid mysteries with cheesy titles (like this one) and amateur-sleuth-driven plots (fill in here all of the food-related, cat-protagonist, knitting, botany mysteries with the pun-filled titles, and you get what I mean). But having recently moved back to Virginia, I was seduced by the setting in the Virginia wine country and any excuse to think about drinking wine. While the plot will not knock anyone's socks off, and the characters are sound rather than scintillating, both are solid enough to keep one reading. The real scene-stealer here is, well, the scenery. Crosby has a talent for capturing the mood embued by an old, ruined French chateau, a vineyard at sunrise, the Blue Ridge mountains hovering behind mist in the distance, and many other details that give the book a few more layers of complexity than one might expect. And while the sidebar explanations of wine and winemaking can be a bit discursive, they are interesting and informative to readers interested in tidbits about wine. The book also does a good job of avoiding the cloying, annoying cutesy characters often found in this type of mystery. While the plot is a bit formulaic, the protagonist Lucy's learning to regain equilibrium after her foot has been permanently damaged in a car accident lends an undertone of weary matury to the 26-year-old's otherwise charming (there, you have to use that word in reviewing this type of mystery) naivete, appropriate for her character's experience with the world.

  • Ed
    2019-03-21 13:00

    #1 in the Wine Country Mysteries. Lucie Montgomery takes over a struggling vineyard in Virginia horse country in this cozy mystery series debut. Interesting wine lore abounds but Lucie's personal interactions do not always ring true. Her brother and sister-in-law are caricatures. Her vintner wants to run the vineyard and winery with a free hand but Lucie argues that she is knowledgeable about the business and demands that he take input from her; the conflict runs through the book but her expertise is never really demonstrated.Wine Country mystery - Lucie Montgomery, an American ex-pat who's been holed up in France for two years, returns to her family's vineyard in the Virginia countryside after the death of her father in a supposed hunting accident. Once home, Lucie discovers that the vineyard is collapsing under huge debt; her brother, Eli, has turned into a materialistic jerk; her little sister has taken up with Lucie's ex; and her godfather, Fitz, has become a lush. When, on the heels of papa Montgomery's funeral, Fitz is found dead, Lucie's suspicions are stoked. These deaths were no accident, and suspects abound.

  • Christine
    2019-04-17 09:53

    So yeah, I'm a sucker for these punny amateur detective books, whatever. This one was pretty good, a new one that I didn't get from my mom but instead from my future father-in-law, and my boyfriend and I couldn't stop laughing about him having it. He likes wine and mysteries, but maybe not the punniness so much. He didn't finish it--not his cup of tea--but he knows me so he gave it to me.Lucie, the main character, is really appealing and the wine country setting is gorgeous. The wine facts and history are also a plus. The problem I have with this book is that it wraps up too fast. Lucie doesn't so much solve the mystery as accidentally stumble onto parts of it, leading to a really quick ending that doesn't explain a lot. I'm definitely going to look into the second one and see how that is--the writing was great, so if she gives us some closure at the end of the next one, this will be a great series.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-12 17:52

    The main character was so full of shit, I almost quit this book 1/3 of the way in. The boyfriend she allowed to steal from her stole from her again, how unexpected. The vineyard she abandoned has to be saved bc FAAAAMILY. (view spoiler)[ Except the family diamond necklace inherited from Marie Antoinette ,w/e, sell that shit.(hide spoiler)] Add in inconsistencies in her leg injury and an obvious flag to who the murderer was near the end and I just didn't enjoy this book. PS - If my high school boyfriend banged my sister-in-law AND younger sister, I think I could manage to not kiss him again. Somehow.

  • smetchie
    2019-04-06 16:48

    Let it be known that if you are in a bookclub with me and you choose a book I will read it. NO MATTER WHAT. (I'm not sure if that counts for anything but there it is.) "The Merlot Murders?" I mean really. And it's a series! You could also read "The Bordeaux Betrayal" and "The Chardonnay Charade." My eyes hurt from rolling so much. What a dumb book. But I already knew that from reading the title so here's a list of good things because I love being positive:1) I learned some things about wine making and Virginia wineries.

  • Beth
    2019-03-20 15:41

    this one made me antsy Despite some interesting characters, on page 150 I was wondering when the mystery was going to happen. yes, I knew who was dead, yes I knew at lesat one of them was a murder and probbably the other- plus there was something missing, but it didn't really feel like anyone was to figure anything out In the end it was ok , all the clues added up,but I just didn't feel it

  • Just
    2019-04-16 10:50

    It turned out to be a good book. I will look for more of Ellen Crosby's mysteries. I hadn't read anything by this author before so I wasn't sure how it would develope.

  • Erik Moloney
    2019-04-15 16:59

    A phone call at two thirty in the morning is never good news. Lucie Montgomery's semiestranged brother, Eli, calls her in France to tell her their father, Leland, has been killed in a hunting accident on the family's five-hundred-acre Virginia vineyard just as the fall harvest is about to begin. By the time he calls, Eli has already made funeral arrangements with what Lucie argues is indecent haste.It is an emotional trip home -- the first since an automobile accident two years ago, which left Lucie disabled and dependent on a cane. Her family's once elegant home and winery are now shabby and run-down, thanks to her father's penchant for fringy business deals. Eli, also cash-strapped and desperate to support his new wife's extravagant lifestyle, has already convinced their rebellious younger sister, Mia, to sell the debt-ridden estate and reap the profits from the valuable land it sits on, overruling Lucie's protests.On the eve of the funeral Lucie's godfather, Fitz, a partner in the family business, tells her Leland's death was no accident. Whoever killed him was motivated by the potential sale of the vineyard. It is the last conversation she will have with Fitz. Now the lone holdout preventing the vineyard sale, Lucie realizes she's next in line for another "accident." With her greedy brother, hell-raising sister, and a seemingly cut-rate vintner hired by Leland just before he died, all the suspects are disturbingly close to home. Unsure whom she can trust, Lucie must uncover the truth about the deaths of her father and godfather -- and oversee a successful harvest to save the vineyard she loves.Set in the historic heart of Virginia's horse and hunt country, The Merlot Murders is filled with fascinating detail about the science and alchemy of wine making.

  • K. East
    2019-03-25 15:59

    This is the first book in a mystery series that might technically be called a "cozy mystery" as it has a female protagonist that involves herself in solving murders and other mysterious events, living in a close, tight-knit community. The fact that it takes place in Virginia on a family-owned vineyard makes it slightly unusual, but not so far outside the norm to exclude it from the sub-genre. It was the wine connection that got me interested in the first place and should keep me involved, but it will help if the main character, Lucie, finally develops some backbone when it comes to dealing with the men in her life, i.e her brother, her manager and her old boyfriends. The book started in France and moved to Virginia and it took a while to develop any empathy for Lucie because she seemed like such a wimp. Of course, then she did the "stupid detective" thing often found in cozies and puts herself in harms way and never lets anyone else know, like family, friends or police. Always makes me shake my head. And one detail that made me scratch my head every time it came up was how did her family home/estate deteriorate into such squalor in only two years? It sounded like Miss Havisham's mansion in Great Expectations.But all that quibbling aside, I will look for the second book in the series if only to learn more about Virginia wine making. Hopefully the mystery will provide additional entertainment.

  • Linda C
    2019-04-18 16:58

    Lucie Montgomery returns from France when her Father dies. She finds many questions concerning his death and her sister and brother pushing her to sell the family winery. There is a new winemaker and the winery buildings seem to be the only things being maintained. When a dear friend of her father's also dies, Lucie tries to figure out what is going on. His share in the winery given to her allows her to oppose the sale. Determined to keep the winery and rebuild she begins to hunt for money to support it. But accidents keep happening. And now she is the target. I liked the basic story and the family history, but the main character took too many risks and opposed any form of assistance. She never considers informing the law about any of the threats and confronts the bad guys alone when there were other options. I will probably give this series another try and hope this character becomes more sensible.

  • ReadaBook
    2019-04-01 13:35

    As someone who is a wine club member at two Virginia wineries located in the same area in which this fictional winery is set, I enjoyed all aspects of the winery info provided in this first book in the series. I hope the subtle education of that environment continues! I have one criticism regarding this book, which is something I have seen way too often in many mystery novels: Blatant and biased stereotyping. In this case, it appears on page 53 of the hardcover edition, paragraph six, first sentence: "He had the sad-eyed long face and countenance of a basset hound, but a pit bull's aggressiveness when it came to treating farm animals humanely." To put it politely: WTF? (Okay, not so politely.) I'm so tired of this type of negative description of a type of dog. So, I hope that the next books in this promising series does not stoop that low when it comes to dogs (or anything else).

  • Audrey Orenstein
    2019-04-15 15:40

    The reading of this book felt like a cut/paste project with an illiterate editor. The story could have been interesting, but I was so distracted by the writing and the lack of details in important parts. While the author describes flower beds, wallpaper and atmosphere adroitly, when it comes to the scene of the murder there are not enough details to help the reader image how the body got to where it was found. Spoiler! How do you get a full grown man into an empty tank without losing all the CO2 that built up in the tank? Without being able to see this, the whole plot crumbled before my eyes. I gave it two stars because every author has worked hard to put something out in print, but this is a poorly conceived and poorly written book.

  • Rona
    2019-03-31 10:52

    First novel in the series. We meet Lucie. She's young and has terrible taste in men and a bad body image. She walks back onto her family estate after two years and has to unravel the probable murder of her father. Then more mayhem ensues. Clearly, someone is trying to destroy the family winery and threaten Lucie's very life. Who knew there was wine country in Virginia? I love learning something new while trying to figure out who's doing evil. I've been on a handful of winery tours, this one was pretty good; I just didn't get a tasting with it. I intend to follow this series. Lucie is very likable. I am hoping she grows up a bit when it comes to men and learns to accept herself more.

  • Susie G
    2019-04-16 13:47

    I enjoyed reading this book. As an oenophile the title definitely piqued my interest and the book did not disappoint. It is a "Wine Country Mystery" and I assumed the Wine Country would be in California or possibly France so I was surprised and delighted to open the book and see a map depicting the Blue Ridge Mountains. I live in North Carolina near the Virginia border and have visited numerous NC wineries so, along with the map and author's detailed descriptions, it was easy to picture the mountains, vineyards and winery estate. I've got the next book in the series on hold at the library!

  • Dennis Fischman
    2019-03-23 15:57

    This book shows promise. I pretty much agree with James about its strengths and weaknesses (review), and I'll add that I thought Crosby introduced too many characters in her first book. Only our heroine, Lucie, really comes alive. But then, I thought there were too many characters in the first episode of The Wire, also, and it ended up being one of my favorite television series. I doubt the Wine Country Mysteries will be one of my favorites, but I'm sure I'll give the next book a chance.

  • Emily Higgins
    2019-04-19 12:59

    Lucie Montgomery is living in France when she receives a middle of the night phone call from her brother Eli telling her that their father had been killed in a hunting accident. Eli had already made funeral arrangements and Lucie was to return home that day if she hoped to attend. Once she returns home, the bad news continues. The estate is deeply in debt, the house needs maintenance and repairs. Eli and their younger sister Mia want to sell everything and be done with it.

  • Linda Smatzny
    2019-03-25 16:33

    This is the first book in the Wine Country Mystery series featuring Lucie Montgomery. It takes place in Virginia. Lucie returns home after two years to find the family wine business in disarray. Her brother and sister want to sell but Lucie doesn't and believes the accident that killed their father was no accident. The book was a quick easy .

  • Joy
    2019-04-04 15:56

    This was such a good story, as usual I kind of figured it out before the end. But there were some unexpected twists I didn't see coming. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, I hope they are as good as this one was.

  • Rogue Reader
    2019-03-29 11:41

    Good sense of place and love of place thanks to family and hard work. Interesting to read of viticulture and winemaking in Virginia. The book fell apart in the first read, albeit some years after acquired.