I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Riesling to Die by J.C. Eaton
Published by Lyrical Underground on March 27, 2018
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Also by this author: Booked 4 Murder, Ditched 4 Murder, Staged 4 Murder , Botched 4 Murder , Molded 4 Murder , Chardonnayed to Rest , Pinot Red or Dead? , Sauvigone for Good , Dressed Up 4 Murder
A deadly search for sour grapes . . .
Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter living in New York City. She’s also been a silent partner for her family’s winery upstate—until her sister and brother-in-law take a year-long sabbatical. With an experienced staff doing the work, Norrie figures Two Witches Winery will run itself while she enjoys the countryside and writes in peace and quiet.
Unfortunately, there’s a sour grape in the town of Penn Yan who doesn’t care for vineyards. Bed and breakfast owner Elsbeth Waters complains to everyone who’ll listen that the local wineries are bad for her business. But when Elsbeth’s body is found on Norrie’s property, the victim of foul play, the screenwriter-turned-vintner dons a sleuthing cap to uncover the identity of a killer who told the B&B proprietess to put a cork in it—permanently . . .
Here is what I thought
I love J.C. Eaton’s first series so I was really curious what I would think of the other series about wine. Well, this first book was okay but not sure I am caring as much for the characters in this one as I have the first series.
Norrie can’t believe she let her sister talk her into taking over the winery for a whole year while her and her husband go chase some bugs in Costa Rica. Norrie is a screenplay writer not a wine connoisseur, but she is a silent partner in the winery where they grew up called Two Witches Winery.
Norrie hopes that she can just let those that work there do their thing while she can work on her screenplay because she has a deadline, but things don’t go as planned. Right after her sister and brother-in-law leave she is woke up in the early morning by a couple of young vineyard workers who found a dead body on the new Riesling section of the vineyard.
Now she is afraid that this is going to kill the winery because who wants wine from a place that a dead body was found, that and any of her people could be a potential suspect. She doesn’t have a lot of faith in the police to do their job and so she thinks since she has written some crime scenes in her scripts that she can figure things out.
So about the characters, I am not a real big fan of Norrie the MC. I think at times she is a complete idiot when it comes to trying to solve the crime. I didn’t like the way she handled things with the corporation that she just new had to have something to do with the murder. She doesn’t think a lot of things through and it just made me sort of roll my eyes a bit. I do like some of her employees like Cammy who runs the wine tasting. I also liked Theo and Don her neighbors who come to her aid a lot, they were pretty cool.
I thought the mystery aspect of it was pretty well done. It did take me a little bit to figure it out and the author does a good job of making us think it was someone else.
Overall, I think it was a decent start to the series and I just hope that I will start to warm up more to the MC in the story as the series progresses.