Death by the Glass (Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Series #2)by Nadia Gordon
High-stakes wine fraud and murder disguised as a heart attack compel Sunny McCoskey to again toss aside her chef's apron and don the role of sleuth. When the list of suspects includes her new lover, the celebrity chef at a posh Napa Valley eatery, the personal risks of her investigation rise dramatically. With the same eclectic crew of gourmet friends and sassy… See more details below
High-stakes wine fraud and murder disguised as a heart attack compel Sunny McCoskey to again toss aside her chef's apron and don the role of sleuth. When the list of suspects includes her new lover, the celebrity chef at a posh Napa Valley eatery, the personal risks of her investigation rise dramatically. With the same eclectic crew of gourmet friends and sassy co-workers who helped her in Sharpshooter, Sunny proves that she has a nose for crime as well as for a good Cabernet Sauvignon.
Egos as poisonous as false morels are the special of the day in Gordon's second Napa foodie mystery. Of course the reason chef Sunny McCoskey (Sharpshooter, 2002) agrees to cook her famous wild mushroom pasta for a swanky Napa Valley benefit dinner is that she sympathizes with the Open Space Coalition, but the fact that hunky star chef Andre Morales is hosting the event is a significant incentive as well. While preparing her sauce in the high-tech kitchen of Vinifera, Morales's restaurant, Sunny discovers that the jar of dried morels contains several poisonous false specimens. Spending a wonderful night with Morales compensates Sunny for having to make do with supermarket mushrooms and white truffle oil, but the trouble at Vinifera is just beginning. One of the owners, obnoxious and demanding Nathan Osborne, is found at his home, dead of heart failure while sipping a $200-a-glass Burgundy. Having discovered that Nathan and her new beau were pouring counterfeit wine, however, Sunny doesn't buy the death scene setup. So she simultaneously investigates and alienates everyone at Vinifera: handsome Andre, muscular bartender Nick, tattooed waitress Dahlia, snobby sommelier Remy, and Nathan's business partner Eliot. Sunny's neurotic habit of sticking her toque where it doesn't belong is the only sour note among the otherwise delectable details of Napa Valley food culture that Gordon serves up." -Kirkus "
Small restaurant-owner/chef Sunny (Sharpshooter) once again takes on the role of sleuth after someone murders fancy restaurant owner Nathan Osborne. Unfortunately, the prime suspect is her new lover, also a chef, but familiar characters assist. A likable second." -Library Journal
Napa Valley chef Sonia "Sunny" McCoskey, introduced in Sharpshooter (2002), is once again investigating the seamier side of the restaurant and wine world. Cooking at a charity benefit, she meets Andre Morales, chef at Vinifera, the trendy restaurant of the moment. Romance blooms until one of Vinifera's owners turns up dead at his home with a broken bottle of rare wine nearby. Although the police think that he died of natural causes, Sunny is suspicious. It seems that the restaurant was not profitable despite its popularity. The arrogant French sommelier may be involved in wine fraud, and chef Andre did not get along with the late owner. Sunny's unwelcome probing puts her in danger, but the guilty party emerges at a cozy toast to the not-so-dearly departed. Sunny's adventures offer readers an amusing romp in the culinary underworld. -Booklist
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Nadia Gordon is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer.
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