Died On The Vine [NOOK Book]

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Cissy Rayburn and her husband Jack own a small winery in rural Virginia. One day, MIA chaser Obie Winslow shows up at the winery and tells Cissy that he believes that her first husband, shot down and killed in Viet Nam, is still alive. Three days later, Cissy finds Winslow dead in the vineyard, stabbed with Jack's pruning shears. Can she find the real murderer before the sheriff arrests Jack?
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Overview

Cissy Rayburn and her husband Jack own a small winery in rural Virginia. One day, MIA chaser Obie Winslow shows up at the winery and tells Cissy that he believes that her first husband, shot down and killed in Viet Nam, is still alive. Three days later, Cissy finds Winslow dead in the vineyard, stabbed with Jack's pruning shears. Can she find the real murderer before the sheriff arrests Jack?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032977704
  • Publisher: Joyce Harmon
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 170,697
  • File size: 430 KB

Meet the Author

Joyce Harmon is a retired Navy officer with degrees in Psychology and Information Systems. Since retiring from the Navy, she has worked as a winery tour guide, a journalist for a local newspaper, selling collectibles on eBay, and making candles.Joyce blogs at joyceharmon.wordpress.com/
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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I've never read a "cozy" mystery before. I was hooked

    I've never read a "cozy" mystery before. I was hooked by the description. The main characters pesonality shines and is so down to earth you feel like you are hearing the story over a cup of coffee in her kitchen. I loved the amatuer sluething in the story, it was realistic and believable. There was just enough mystery mixed in with some giggles to make this a thouroghly enjoyable book! A truly unique setting and a great cast of characters made me sad when the book ended. I want to see more of Cissy Rayburn!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Pleasant read

    Enjoyable pleasant read - engaging with some humor and not overly predictable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    I love a good mystery, so when I was given a chance to review Di

    I love a good mystery, so when I was given a chance to review Died on the Vine by Joyce Harmon I was pretty excited. I was definitely not disappointed. Died on the Vines was a fun and light mystery that was a very enjoyable read.

    Cissy was fun to read about. She stood her ground to people. When it looked like the police wouldn't do enough in the investigation of Winslow's death she went to work finding out the truth. Of course she had her trusty neighbor and friend, Julie to help her solve the mystery of Winslow's death. Also helping them is Winslow's daughter Mary.

    These three women were so much fun to read about. Julie was all no nonsense and very up front when she asked questions. Mary had a grudge and a bit of an attitude but I still enjoyed her. They all added a certain comedic flair to the story with their comments and schemes for information.

    This was a very fun and exciting read. I was entertained throughout the book and then surprised by the ending. I think this is a great read if you enjoy a fun mystery. It was very well written with a great plot. I am happy that Harmon is working on a second book. I can just see Cissy becoming some kind of mystery solving detective.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Really enjoyed!!!

    I enjoyed this enough to look for her other books, I found one "Bidding on Death" I also enjoyed reading it and looking for more from her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

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    A fun and intelligent mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Good read

    written in a believable way- a fun read that ended as I expected

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

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    Cecilla (Cissy) Rayburn and husband Jack have retired to their s

    Cecilla (Cissy) Rayburn and husband Jack have retired to their summer place, a winery in rural Virginia. They are settling into their routines and planning for the future when a man, Obadiah Winslow, shows up at their place and tells Cissy he believes her first husband, Jimmy is alive. Jimmy was killed in the Vietnam War when his plane was shot down. "Colonel" Winslow even has a picture of a man that could be Jimmy.

    After he leaves Cissy does a little research and find that Winslow is connected with a group that tries to help families find their loved ones that were classified "Missing In Action". Before she has time to decide if she wants to pursue Winslow's claim, he is found dead. He was murdered and left in the Rayburns vineyard with Jack's secateurs in his chest. Jack becomes the prime suspect. They thought they left the rat race to relax in the country. To save their days of wine and roses she must find the real killer before Jack is arrested for a crime he didn't commit.

    Dollycas's Thoughts
    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! The clipper culprit was quite a surprise.

    Cissy sets out to find the killer with the help of her friend Julie. Then they find a very interesting person with quite a bit of information about Colonel Obadiah Winslow. Together they are a team to be reckoned with. Julie is not one to mince words and Cissy calms the waters, which makes for a few humorous moments.

    The setting di"vine" and the mystery is clever.

    This is the delightful cozy to read with a nice glass of wine while relaxing on the deck on a Spring afternoon. I am looking forward to Harmon pulling the cork on the next installment of this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Lovable and fun characters facing a good mystery

    This story has it all...great characters, an interesting setting, twists and turns you can follow but not necessarily anticipate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Enjoyable read!

    As a wine lover, a cozy mystery set in VA wine country piqued my interest so I decided to give it a try. What I got was a mystery involving Vietnam MIAs/KIAs, an unscrupulous man who preys on the families of the soldiers, Vietnamese refugees and oh yes...a small VA winery.

    Cissy Rayburn and her pal Julia become enthusiastic amateur sleuths after Obie Winslow (see unscrupulous above) is found dead on the property of Cissy & husband Jack. Jack is looking like a good suspect to the Commonwealth Atty. and Cissy's not going to let him or herself be arrested if she can help it!

    The characters are people you'd like to know...well, except for Winslow,and I hope another book is in the works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Good lite read

    Enjoyed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    The Passatonnack Winery in rural Virginia is the central settin

    The Passatonnack Winery in rural Virginia is the central setting of
    this cozy mystery but the Vietnam War and those who were lost are its
    heart. There have been MIA and KIA soldiers in every conflict but
    Vietnam stands out for sheer numbers as well as those infrequent
    touching moments when a family gains confirmation of a loved one’s fate.
    The idea that someone could use this vulnerability for his own purposes
    is, of course, horrible but we’ll always have con men, won’t we? I’m not
    sure whether Ms. Harmon is old enough to have lived through that
    terrible war (and war it truly was no matter what some may want to call
    it), but she has handled a still-sensitive subject with grace and real
    understanding. It doesn’t hurt that the characters we meet in Died on
    the Vine are so very likeable. Cissy and Jack Rayburn could be your next
    door neighbors, caught in a potential trap but ready to meet it head on.
    Cissy’s friend Julia Barstow, journalist Mary Nguyen and attorney Andrew
    Billington Smith (great name) round out the sleuthing team and they all
    snoop quite well without putting themselves in dire situations. And who
    can resist Polly, Beau and Tough Stuff, canines and a kitten who do
    exactly what four-footers are supposed to do and no more but with such
    charm? I have to admit that I didn’t spot the killer but there was
    nothing unfair about that—I just didn’t pick up on the hints. Readers
    should pay special attention to the epilogue which shows that the
    consequences of a crime are not always what you might expect.
    Altogether, I have to say that this debut mystery with a bit of history
    and a dollop of humor is decidedly entertaining and well done and I’m
    looking forward to the next in the series, Bidding on Death.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Good

    My family could rellate to this book in many wayd.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Nice drama mystery reading

    Enjoyable easy to read a drama mystery that keeps you reading
    Try and have fun relazing and reading
    will look for more books by this author

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

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    This is a really nice book! 1335790286850

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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