Winery tour guide Taylor O’Brian must weed out a killer in this intoxicating series debut perfect for fans of Laura Childs and Ellen Crosby.
Prospects are looking rosy for Taylor O’Brian, founder of “Off the Beaten Path” Wine Country Tours, who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma and leads tours around romantic Sonoma County. At first blush, things are running smoothly, until a tour member is found deadwith Taylor’s corkscrew buried in her neck.
Taylor has no nose for detective work, but as she begins to follow a trail of bottled-up secrets, events take a sour new turn. Only two weeks after the murder, her assistant Amy marries Dan, the dead woman’s husband, whose short-lived bereavement seems like a sham. And just as her investigation begins to take shape, Dan’s sister turns up dead. Could Taylor be next on the list?
Now it’s up to Taylor to uncork this open-bottle mystery before more blood is spilled. A dry, witty, complex bouquet of a whodunit, A Case of Syrah, Syrah, the charming first in Nancy J. Parra’s Sonoma Wine Country mysteries, will delight cozy and wine lovers alike.
|Publisher:||Crooked Lane Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Nancy J. Parra, also known as Nancy Coco, is the author of the Perfect Proposals mysteries, and the Baker’s Treat mysteries. Her writing has been praised as witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world. She lives in Oregon with her trusty Bichon-Poo. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, writes for the Killer Character Blog on the eighth of every month and loves to hear from readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I love wine and a good mystery so was obviously drawn to this title. Narrated in the person by Taylor O'Brian, who gave up her high-powered career in advertising to look after her aunt Jemma on her small winery - Sookies Vineyard - in Sonoma, California. The murder of yoga instructor, Laura on one of Taylor's specialised tour, sees the finger of blame firmly pointed at Taylor, who investigates with her BFF Holly, as a means to clear her name. Liked the way the story unfolded, and the introduction of new characters didn't bog down the story or over-clutter the pages with too much detail. There was the right amount of momentum to keep you interested till the very last pages. Will be interested to see where this series may lead.
What a fantastic read!!! I loved this book - and am so looking forward to further adventures of Taylor O'Brian.... the perfect amount of mystery, wonderful characters who you wish were your friends, and enough intrigue to keep the pages really turning. I loved the wine details... but you don't have to be a wine lover to become the next fan of the Taylor O'Brian series... please keep 'em coming! Oh, and I forgot.... sweet Millie is the perfect mascot!
Winery mystery - TASTY! If only it was possible to Skype a glass. Taylor has recently moved back to Albuquerque to be near her Aunt Jemma. Syrah wine is sampled at Jemma's winery which has been in business for many years. I would have liked more background on the winery and it's workers. To accompany her aunt's business and make her own way; Taylor offers "Off the Beaten Path" tours that pair perfectly with the Syrah. Conducting her first group tour that results in a murder, Taylor finds herself arrested. Against the advise of her lawyer and the sheriff, Taylor snoops for clues leading to another murder. Cast of characters to investigate and the hint of romance that Parra with probably pursue at a later telling. A cute puppy is included and held for ransom; kind of hard to believe. "A copy of this book was supplied by Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."