Published by Lyrical Underground on September 25, 2018
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Also by this author: Booked 4 Murder, Ditched 4 Murder, Staged 4 Murder , Botched 4 Murder , Molded 4 Murder , A Riesling to Die , Pinot Red or Dead? , Sauvigone for Good , Dressed Up 4 Murder, Broadcast 4 Murder, Railroaded 4 Murder
Finding a murderer requires 100% proof.
In Seneca Lake, New York, Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery has been selected by the local vintner community to host the annual Federweisser, a celebration of the season’s first fermentation of white Chardonnay grapes. But the festivities are spoiled when Norrie learns that landowner Roy Wilkes has raised her neighbor Rosalee Marbelton’s rent so high, she may have to close her vineyard. Before the rent hike could go into effect, Wilkes is found dead on Roslaee’s property—stabbed by a flowerpot stake—and she becomes the police’s number one suspect. To clear her friend’s name, Norrie conducts her own investigation. But as she gathers clues, Norrie finds herself targeted by a killer, and if she’s not careful, her desire to see justice done may die on the vine . . . .
Here is what I thought
Though I am trying to work my way through this series it still just isn’t as good in my opinion as the writing duo’s other series I adore.
In book two the wineries are gearing up for Federweisser and this year it’s Two Witches Winery’s turn to host it. It has something to do with the fermentation of Chardonnay wine and it’s a big ole party with lots of tasty treats.
Rosalee calls Norrie in the early morning hours one day frantic because her dog Violet has found a dead body close to the pump house they use. It the man who has raised the rent on the land that Rosalee rents to use the water from the lake for her winery and so of course she is going to be a suspect, or someone from her winery.
The police detective isn’t surprised that Norrie is sticking her nose in things and tells her not too, but of course she doesn’t listen. Norrie isn’t a bad sleuther but it’s some of the things she does to find out her information that I don’t agree with much and it drives me crazy.
I am not much of a fan of Grizzly Gary aka detective Hickman but I sometimes feel that Norrie treats him as if the police are dumb which I am not a fan of, though the detective could be a bit better at certain things. I also think that maybe if Norrie would give the police everything she knows early on instead of waiting till later he might take her more seriously. I felt like she was impeding the investigation by not going to him right away, though I know she doesn’t because he will be mad she is interfering but still it bugs me. Instead she implements a plan to locate a certain person during the Federweisser which ended up being a mess though it did lead to the killer but that was something all in itself…lol.
I do like some of the characters in the series and look forward to reading about them. It seems that maybe the authors are going to give us a couple of potential romantic interest for Norrie in Bradley the lawyer and Godfrey the bug science guy. I kind of like Godfrey best. My favorite characters are still Theo and Don they humor Norrie a lot and are good friends.
Overall, it was a good mystery and I I thought it was okay. I figured out the murderer but not the why part so that was enjoyable as well.