Murder Alfresco (Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Series #3)

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Walking home late one night from a party, Napa Valley restaurant owner Sunny McCoskey happens upon the shocking sight of a murdered woman, bound and hanging from the tree of a local vineyard. Shortly before, she'd seen a truck leaving a local winery, driving without its headlights on. Was it the murderer? And did the murderer see her as well? Sunny's investigation introduces her to a whole new array of colorful characters and suspects, including a hardy contingent of Northern California surfers and a shady ...

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Overview

Walking home late one night from a party, Napa Valley restaurant owner Sunny McCoskey happens upon the shocking sight of a murdered woman, bound and hanging from the tree of a local vineyard. Shortly before, she'd seen a truck leaving a local winery, driving without its headlights on. Was it the murderer? And did the murderer see her as well? Sunny's investigation introduces her to a whole new array of colorful characters and suspects, including a hardy contingent of Northern California surfers and a shady community of houseboaters. With the help of her lively and irreverent crew of friends, Sunny uncovers dark motives amid the cool chardonnays, and finds herself the focus of the killer's unwelcome attention.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An amusing romp in the culinary underworld." &nash;Booklist

"Highly enjoyable." –Washington Post Book World

Library Journal
When chef McCoskey finds a woman fettucine al dead-o, she and her colorful friends romp through the vineyards and restaurants of wine country to find the killer in the third of the series. Gordon lives in San Francisco. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Escaping her glamorous boyfriend's party in the early hours of the morning, Chef Sunny McCoskey (Death by the Glass, 2003) finds strange fruit hanging on a tree in the peace and quiet of Vedana Vineyards. Some psycho has killed pretty young Heidi Romero and tied her corpse in a la shibari Japanese bondage fetish. The ghost of the victim haunts Sunny, who investigates despite Sergeant Steve Harvey's stern warning. She and sous chef Rivka Chavez meet an aging surfer named Joel Hyder who claims to be Heidi's ex. After stepping over the crime scene tape on the victim's Sausalito houseboat, they sun themselves and sip champagne but find nothing suspicious except for Hyder. Then winemaker Wade Skord and Rivka conscript Sunny to crash a dinner for classic Ferrari collectors and, voila, they're sharing a table with Vedana Vineyards owners Bruce and Kimberly Knolls. Spectacularly beautiful Kimberly is resentful of Sunny's interest in the corpse hanging from their tree. Her displeasure becomes obvious when she interrupts Sunny cleaning out a grease trap with serious brand-name intimidation. Sunny eventually serves up the killer and avoids becoming either the next work of bondage art or a vegetarian who'll never look at meat again. Gordon walks a fine line between indulging food fetishes and providing glimpses into the sometimes brutal art of cuisine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811858175
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/2/2008
  • Series: Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 785,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nadia Gordon's previous books include Sharpshooter and Death by the Glass, the first and second books in the Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley mystery series. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    I was hoping for a good murder mystery with a splash of wine country culture, histury, trivia, etc. The story dragged in places that added nothing to the book. Sort of wwent off on a tangent. There was little mentioned about wine country or the vineyard except for the setting of a few scenes, no one seemed to be drinking good wine on a regular basis. The main character disappointed me in her continued stupid actions. I don't want to give away any of the plot. So I will say that I would like my main characters to have more common sense. I would not read another from this author.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Sunny Delight

    I attended a workshop where the author spoke and purchased a book--glad I did. I'm even happier that Sunny McCoskey is a series. A delight. Kind of Agatha Christie meets the Food Network. Smart and tasty.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Good.

    After reading this I would like to read the first two books. Sunny seems obsessed with finding a killer. She is fortunate to survive. I can't always figure out who the killer is, but this time I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Jerry

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Shadow Dawrk

    Lay dead on the floor, a knife in his back. Footsteps lead to getaway car res 1.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Very quick read

    Contrived and formulaic.

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