Grapes of Death [NOOK Book]

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When Elise Beckett’s long-distance beau, Stuart, offers her a dream job in organic horticulture research, she’s torn between the opportunity of a lifetime and her responsibilities at her family’s River Bend vineyard. But before Elise has time to make her decision, Uncle Edmond—the family’s money-loving and temper-toting black sheep—is found dead on vineyard land. What seems to be an accidental drowning proves to be murder, and every Beckett, even Elise, is a suspect.

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Overview

When Elise Beckett’s long-distance beau, Stuart, offers her a dream job in organic horticulture research, she’s torn between the opportunity of a lifetime and her responsibilities at her family’s River Bend vineyard. But before Elise has time to make her decision, Uncle Edmond—the family’s money-loving and temper-toting black sheep—is found dead on vineyard land. What seems to be an accidental drowning proves to be murder, and every Beckett, even Elise, is a suspect.

Sheriff’s Deputy Jackson Landry must catch Edmond’s killer, and Elise is determined to help him—whether he wants her to or not. Delving deeper into the mystery, Jackson and Elise become tangled in a long vine of suspects and dark secrets. Now a race is on for them to stop the deadly plot before the murderer claims another victim.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As Folger’s fast-paced debut begins, Elise Beckett is happy with her job working at her family’s vineyard, River Bend, near Austin, Tex. Her boyfriend, Stuart Jenkins, wants her to move in with him in Dallas and take a prestigious job in horticulture research, but Elise prefers to continue with a special hybridizing project at the vineyard. The only downside to life at River Bend is her irascible Uncle Edmond. No one seems too sorry when Edmond is found dead, having drowned apparently by accident, but Elise is determined to get to the truth. In the process, she butts head with investigating Deputy Sheriff Jackson Landry, though sparks of attraction soon fly between them. The characters are vivid, the plot is cleverly and coherently woven together, and the suspense builds up to a hair-raising escape and rescue. Agent: Christine Wittholm, Book Cents Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
The financial woes of a Texas vintner soon pale in comparison to murder. Elise Beckett has a lot on her mind. She's far from certain that the new hybrid variety of grape she's developed will rescue her family winery--Elise's brother Ross is the business manager, and her sister Madison runs the family's special-events facility--from its financial problems. Elise's boyfriend, Stuart, has offered her a dream job in organic horticultural research five hours away in Dallas. Their long-distance relationship is suffering problems that the move might fix, but Elise is loath to desert her family. Although her mother, Laura, inherited the vineyard, her father's short-tempered and financially strapped brother Edmond, who thinks he should have gotten at least part of it, is pushing Laura to give him a section of the land. Elise wonders if she really loves Stuart, since she can't keep her eyes off hunky sheriff's deputy Jackson Landry, her brother's best friend and the man all her friends think is perfect for her. Her romantic musings take a back seat when Edmond is found dead in the river that flows through the vineyard, and Jackson has to consider the Becketts as primary suspects. Despite Jackson's stern warnings, Elise, convinced that a bit of sleuthing would help her family, makes some discoveries about Edmond that reveal several other suspects and put her square in the killer's sights. Folger's debut provides more romance than mystery but introduces enough suspects to keep like-minded readers off-guard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738739274
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: A Tangled Vines Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 211,132
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Joni Folger (Tillamook, OR) worked on an airline for twenty-two years. When she's not spending quality time with the characters she creates, Joni enjoys gardening, crafting, and working in local theater. Visit her blog at JGSauer.wordpress.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Alex

    "Sleep tight." ^_^

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    Posted August 5, 2014

    Naomi

    She yawns and closes her eyes

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Elise Beckett's family owns River Bend vineyard, and she's been

    Elise Beckett's family owns River Bend vineyard, and she's been working on hybridization to make the crop more drought resistant. Her long-distance boyfriend has offered her a dream job with him in Dallas in organic horticulture research, but before she can discuss it with her family her Uncle Edmund is found dead. When it turns out to be murder, Elise and her family friend Sheriff's Deputy Jackson Landry must catch the killer.

    This was a very fun read, I enjoyed it immensely. Elise was enjoyable character. I particularly liked her cat Chunk, a Siamese Snowshoe, since I have one myself (although not with the same bad habit). I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    Elise Beckett¿s family owns a vineyard in River Bend, Texas. Her

    Elise Beckett’s family owns a vineyard in River Bend, Texas. Her boyfriend, Stuart, lives and works in Dallas. About a 5 hour drive apart. They had met through his work for the Texas Organic Garden and Research Foundation. Elise is trying to develop a grapevine that can tolerate the Texas heat and droughts. They have been doing the long distance relationship thing for about 6 months with Elise doing most of the traveling. He has offered her a dream job in organic horticulture research, but her family is really counting on her to stay working in the family business. Since her dad died they need her more than ever. Her Uncle Edmond is no help, he was really upset when his brother left the whole vineyard to his wife and cut Edmund out completely. Every day Edmund comes up with a new plan to provoke the family.

    Then Uncle Edmond’s body is found dead on vineyard land. At first it is thought it was an accidental drowning but the cause soon points to murder and every Beckett, even Elise, is a suspect. In fact there appears to be a long tangled vine of suspects. Elise just can’t leave things to her friend since childhood, Deputy Jackson (Jax) Landry. Hopefully she won’t become the murderer’s next victim.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    When I think of vineyards in the United States I think California, not Texas. I was excited to uncork this one and I was not disappointed. In fact I read it from start to finish in one sitting.

    The first book in a new series is a huge undertaking because the author needs to not only introduce the characters and the setting but give readers an interesting mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Folger did that and more. The mystery was complicated and kept me guessing almost to the very end. My “aha moment” was just a bit before Elise’s.

    Folger has laid a great foundation for the series to go forward and she gave us characters that we care about and want to see what direction they take. Plus she described the setting beautifully and even explained how hard it is to grow grapes in Texas.

    All that being said we have just scratched the surface of these characters. The have plenty of room to grow from Elise and Jax, the main characters, to all the supporting characters of Elise’s family. I think this is going to be a very interesting series.

    Pour yourself a nice glass of wine and curl up with this cozy as soon as you can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Smile101

    This is the best book! I could not put the book down. I did a report on this book and it was easy because i never forgot a page. I felt like I was Elise for the whole book. I would recomend this book for ages 10 and up.

    Don't forget to smile!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Again another tangle of twisted paths on the road to romance! It

    Again another tangle of twisted paths on the road to romance! Its one of those throw on the jammies, grab a drink and nibbles and hope for a stormy day so you can read to your hearts content. This story will not disappoint, and will keep you entertained until the book is finished... so bring extra nibbles and drink to the easy chair!

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