Sharpshooter (Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Series #1)

Sharpshooter (Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Series #1)

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by Nadia Gordon
     
 

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Sunny McCoskey is the independent chef/owner of Wildside, a little cafe nestled in Napa Valley, where the food is exactly right. When the heir apparent to a major vineyard is shot dead, and Sunny's eccentric winemaker friend, Wade, is arrested for the murder, she launches her own investigation. The solution lies in the tangled personalities and politics of the wine…  See more details below

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Sunny McCoskey is the independent chef/owner of Wildside, a little cafe nestled in Napa Valley, where the food is exactly right. When the heir apparent to a major vineyard is shot dead, and Sunny's eccentric winemaker friend, Wade, is arrested for the murder, she launches her own investigation. The solution lies in the tangled personalities and politics of the wine industry, and in the threat posed to the valley by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Set in a region renowned for its food and wine, Sharpshooter launches an entertaining mystery series featuring Sunny and an engaging cast of wine professionals, cooks, socialites-and suspects.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The scion of a wine family is found murdered; chef Sunny McCoskey's friend Wade Skord is a prime suspect; and the glassy-winged sharpshooter (an insect) is threatening Napa Valley produce, not to mention Sunny's organic restaurant, in Sharp Shooter, Nadia Gordon's tale of land fever and love gone bad in the promised land. The personable McCoskey navigates wine country denizens and six-burner stoves with equal aplomb, and foodies and oenophiles especially will enjoy Gordon's blend of solid suspense and gourmet culture. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sunny McCoskey is living your basic Northern California daydream. She runs her own little cafe in Napa Valley, where she cooks fresh pasta and drinks espresso with a splash of red wine or hangs out with her friends, who also lead halcyon lives of wine-making, importing, whatever. Sunny's best friend, Wade Skord, the owner of a small, though of course excellent, winery, rends the fabric of this Shangri-La when he's arrested for the murder of Jack Beroni, crown prince of Beroni Vineyards, a large commercial operation adjoining Wade's more elitist grounds. The cops think Wade is the perp who shot tuxedo-wearing Jack in the dark at the Beroni gazebo because, along with violently disagreeing with Beroni, he also plays Assault Golf, a nocturnal game involving a rifle, a nightscope, and fluorescent golf balls. Naturally, Sunny begins her own investigation, which uncovers a host of reasons for someone to shoot arrogant Jack. For generations, the Beroni family has relied heavily on the blue-collar Campaglia family. Unlike their elderly father, Gabe and Alex Campaglia resent la famiglia Beroni-particularly Jack, who supported spraying pesticide county-wide to control the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an insect that threatens the Valley with a disease deadly to grape vines, over the objections of the Campaglias and other residents and organic farmers like Ben and Claire Baker, Sunny's restaurant suppliers. Long on Napa Valley culture, short on logical deduction. The heroine's nickname perfectly suits Gordon's pleasant debut.
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"A highly enjoyable book." -Washington Post "

The book's local color and its culinary, oenological, and ecological details are priceless....There's enough about cooking, eating, and drinking to give you an appetite before you're halfway through." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "

The personable McCoskey navigates wine country denizens and six-burner stoves with equal aplomb, and foodies and oenophiles especially will enjoy Gordon's blend of solid suspense and gourmet culture." -Publishers Weekly "

A promising debut with a strong plot and colorful characters." -Booklist "

Heroine Sunny McCoskey is bright, tenacious, and extremely likable, and Gordon paints a vivid portrait of the Napa Valley and its wine-and-food culture. I'm looking forward to many more novels in this intriguing new series." -Marcia Muller "

Napa Valley, the good life, sunny skies, fine cuisine, and fleshy reds. But, isn't there something murky at the bottom of the bottle? Yes, and it is murder, no less. The mystery of wine...If a wine does not have some mystery to it, we call it plonk. SHARPSHOOTER is not plonk. A crime novel with taste." -Kermit Lynch "

Those of us who enjoy an authentic look into another culture while reading a mystery are going to enjoy joining Nadia Gordon in the wild, weird wine industry." -Tony Hillerman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452103525
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Series:
Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
180,404
File size:
1 MB

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Kermit Lynch
Those of us who enjoy an authentic look into another culture while reading a mystery are going to enjoy joining Nadia Gordon in the wild, weird wine industry." --Tony Hillerman, author of The First Eagle and A Thief of Time "Napa Valley, the good life, sunny skies, fine cuisine, and fleshy reds. But isn't there something murky at the bottom of the bottle? Yes, and it is murder, no less. The mystery of wine . . . If a wine does not have some mystery to it, we call it plonk. Sharpshooter is not plonk. A crime novel with taste.
— author of Adventures on the Wine Route
Muller
Nadia Gordon makes a promising debut with Sharpshooter. Heroine Sunny McCoskey is bright, tenacious, and extremely likeable, and Gordon paints a vivid portrait of the Napa Valley and its wine-and-food culture. I'm looking forward to many more novels in this intriguing new series.
— author of Listen to the Silence and A Walk Through the Fire

Meet the Author

Nadia Gordon is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer.

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Sharpshooter: A Napa Valley Mystery 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Isaac2 More than 1 year ago
The first installment in the series was enticing enough to make me read the rest of the book in the series. It is an excellent murder mystery. It is good that it keeps you guessing at who the killer is throughout the entire book, and thus keeps your attention- making the reading experience that much more enjoyable. It isn't gory or anything of the sort. I'm glad to say the the plot as a whole isn't one of those cookie cutter stories that you see all too often. It's a story that is unique and interesting. It's characters are also believable. All in all, it is an excellent read and I would recommend it to those who like a good mystery.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery. A little slow starting, but I got into it and enjoyed it immensely. I will read the rest.
dadd222 More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is not a cop or investigator, Sunny is a chef and restaurant owner in Napa Valley. When one of her closest friends is suspected of a murder he didn't commit, Sunny throws herself into figuring out the crime. Would any of us not do the same to help our friend? I enjoyed Sunny even with all her mistakes during in the investigation. The information about wine and harvesting grapes given in the book was interesting. Sunny's restaurant menus and the dinners made at home made me very hungry. I think I'll go look up a few recipes online... Happy Reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended and look forward to the second book in the series of Sunny.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost a cozy but a little too involved with family/feud for the short length mom
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booksnoopks More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed the elements of wine making, especially regarding the grapes, the book could have been much more.
robinr1200 More than 1 year ago
Good story line- enjoyed the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more out of this book but i should have realized a mystery wouldnt have been too in depth in only 200 pages