Death in a Wine Dark Seaby Lisa King
Though she despises the groom, Jean Applequist boards an elegant yacht in San Francisco Bay for the wedding of her good friend Diane and wealthy real
Imagine a 32-year old Nancy Drew who's seen a thing or two, has a sophisticated career as a wine magazine writer, is not interested in monogamy, and has the kind of sex appeal only an independent woman can possess.
Though she despises the groom, Jean Applequist boards an elegant yacht in San Francisco Bay for the wedding of her good friend Diane and wealthy real estate developer Martin Wingo. But things go terribly wrong: the evening ends in tragedy, not celebration when, after exchanging vows, Wingo disappears into the bay.
Diane asks Jean to investigate Martin's murder out of fear that the police will uncover too many of his secrets. Jean agrees, but discovers it's not easy to find out who killed a blackmailer and a womanizer. The list of potential suspects is long.
Joining forces with the young and geeky Zeppo, Martin's former assistant and armed with the details of Martin's operation, the two soon find themselves way ahead of the San Francisco homicide detectives, a dangerous place to be.
Their questioning of Martin's victims elicits strong reactions, from fear to rage to attempted murder that endanger them both and force Jean to fight for her life - twice.
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Meet the Author
Lisa King graduated from U.C. Berkley. She has written for San Francisco magazine and among other notable celebrities interviewed Julia Child, who made her lunch (a delicious open-faced omelete browned with a blow torch). Lisa was Wine Spectator's first copy editor and wrote a cover story for the magazine on Thomas Jefferson's love affair with fine wine.
As senior editor of Wine Country Living magazine in Sonoma, she determined conclusively, after exhaustive research, that California produces better wine than Virginia. Lisa is currently a magazine editor in Southern California. She has three children, four cats and a bad dog.
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Seriously good wine, characters, locations and mystery. Jean Applequist has a nose for seriously good wine. She can recognize the real from the fake, and she writes wine columns with great aplomb. She’s famous, and she’s hard to miss with that curious cut of prematurely silver hair. She’s a great character, and she carries Lisa King’s mystery novel, Death in a Wine Dark Sea, lifting it high above the general mystery genre. Jean likes men, doesn’t like monogamous commitment, takes risks, and notices things. So it’s not surprising her friend asks her to investigate when the groom at a high-class wedding falls into the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. The list of suspects is pleasingly peopled with rich and famous larger-than-life characters, each with their own devious secrets, each enjoying their own masterfully planned success. Jean enlists the help of the victim’s oddly secretive and geeky associate, Zeppo, and soon the two of them are enjoying fast cars, fine dining and high speed chases through gloriously depicted California countryside. The pacing is great with lulls to savor human comfort and food, then sudden frantic life-or-death threats of disaster. The characters are wonderful, from gay rights campaigner to ultra-right-wing bodyguard to politician to Vietnam vet. Death in a Wine Dark Sea is pleasingly dark but filled with light, intriguingly unconventional while still being a satisfying, red-herring filled mystery, a sensuous feast for all the senses, and a fantastic introduction to a modern-world, thoroughly American, high-society and intrepid Miss Marple for the 2000s. Disclosure: I received a bound galley of this novel from the publisher, the Permanent Press, in exchange for my honest review.
Death in a Wine Dark Sea has all the elements of a great read. Intelligently written, strong character development, twists and turns galore. Add great food, interesting locations in San Francisco and northern climes, exceptional wine, mystery, sex, and a cast of contemporary characters right out of Dickens' novel. A real page turner which I hated to have end. Can't wait for Lisa King's next book. Bravo!