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The Merlot Murders ((Wine Country Mysteries, Book 1)
by Ellen Crosby

Published: 2007-07-31
Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
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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.

Leland Montgomery's ...

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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.

Leland Montgomery's death was deemed accidental, but when his daughter Lucie returns home from France, she finds the once-thriving family vineyard run down, collapsing under huge debt. Lucie's godfather warns her that Leland's demise may have been the result of an attempt to force the sale of the vineyard. Her extravagant brother and rebellious sister are determined to sell the estate, and there's something suspicious about the vintner her father hired right before he died. When another oenophile turns up dead, asphyxiated in a tank of Merlot, Lucie -- the lone holdout preventing the vineyard's sale -- realizes she's next in line for an "accident." Can she trust in the proverb in vino veritas -- in wine there is truth -- as she attempts to survive a very bad year for Merlot?

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  "Fun little mystery"by Hillrat6 (see profile) 02/16/11

This was a quick, entertaining read. At times it read like a winemaker's primer, but the author obviously did her homework.

 
  "Lucie Montgormery returns home for her father's funeral to discover the deplorable condition the family winery is in and she must make decisions that go against some of the family wishes."by cimlibrarian (see profile) 11/15/07

Excellent book for discussion. Both the characters and the plot provide for lively discussion.

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