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Posted April 20, 2010
What's in your wine?
And Murder for Dessert - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, RepeatWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ellen's plans for her day sound relaxing. 'I had decided that Tuesday morning was mine. Mark, who hadn't been fired, was at the winery. So was Sabrina, who hadn't been arrested, and they had Paris with them. Jake and I were going to clean house. Monday, I had taken two listings, written one offer, and then spent the evening alone with Jake, sitting on the front porch. I wondered what had happened at Lighthouse Winery that had Mark and Sabrina so upset, why Frank had sold his restaurant, why Otto had let Jolene stay at his place for free, and why she wanted to. Mostly I wondered what Dan was doing.'
Ellen McKenzie is a recently divorced, moved back to the old home and town, real estate agent who has been informed by her sister that her niece Sabrina and her husband Mark would be staying with her until they found their own place. Mark is a wine master who left his last job under mysterious circumstances that he nor Sabrina want to discuss. Dan is the significant other in Ellen's life that wants to become her next husband. He's also the Chief of Police. Frank is Mark's dad who is a temperamental chef that sold his own restaurant for reasons he doesn't want to divulge. And then there's Otto who is another temperamental chef that has been hired to create a dinner at the winery with the dishes being complimented by the wines. But, Otto's temperament ends up in disaster for Otto as well as others who are connected to the winery.
In And Murder for Dessert, author Kathleen Delaney created characters that are so realistic. There's Aunt Mary that you want to find yourself wishing you had an aunt like. There's Jake the cat that you want to cuddle with. Otto who you would like to throw something at before he throws something at you. Jolene the reporter who you want to slap just for the heck of slapping her. And Carlton who you want so desperately to get caught in one of his own schemes.
So who will die and who will commit the murder? The suspects are many and the clues are few. I can say, I was and I wasn't surprised at who the murder turned out to be but. The ending could have gone several ways. And Murder for Dessert was a very enjoyable book to read.
Poisoned Pen Press
Posted August 23, 2007
Murder at a Winery
Ellen McKenzie never thought she¿d get remarried. So why is she now engaged? She¿s really not sure how it happened. She loves Dan Dunham, Santa Louisa Chief of Police, but marriage? Her niece, Sabrina Tortelli, and her husband Mark are coming to stay with Ellen. Mark is the new winemaker at Silver Springs Winery, and Sabrina will be managing the tasting room and doing special events. Ellen, a realtor, has been wrangled by her sister Catherine to let them stay with her while Ellen finds them a rental. At the Harvest Festival Dinner at the winery, guest chef Otto Messinger and Frank Tortelli, Mark¿s dad, get into a verbal fight. Soon after Otto is discovered dead in one of the old fashioned wooden fermenting tanks. Sabrina and Mark are both suspects, but Sabrina appears to be their prime suspect. Ellen doesn¿t believe Sabrina did it. She sets out to find out who did, with the help of her Aunt Mary. To complicate life even more, an old high school classmate of Ellen¿s is back in town and trying to pick up their ¿romance¿ where it left off. Funny thing is, there was no romance! Can Ellen keep Sabrina out of jail and find the real killer without becoming the next victim? I really enjoyed this book. Ellen is such a wonderful character. The interaction between the various characters is well written. The story moves at a good pace. The winery is a good setting for this story as well. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.