A Riesling to Die

A Riesling to Die

by J.C. Eaton

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A deadly search for sour grapes . . .
Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter living in New York City. She’s also been a silent partner for her family’s winery upstate—until her sister and brother-in-law take a year-long sabbatical. With an experienced staff doing the work, Norrie figures Two Witches Winery will run itself while she enjoys the countryside and writes in peace and quiet.
Unfortunately, there’s a sour grape in the town of Penn Yan who doesn’t care for vineyards. Bed and breakfast owner Elsbeth Waters complains to everyone who’ll listen that the local wineries are bad for her business. But when Elsbeth’s body is found on Norrie’s property, the victim of foul play, the screenwriter-turned-vintner dons a sleuthing cap to uncover the identity of a killer who told the B&B proprietress to put a cork in it—permanently . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516107988
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 44,368
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. Ann has published eight YA time travel mysteries. Visit their website at www.jceatonauthor.com.

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A Riesling to Die 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Dollycas 10 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We arrive at the Two Witches Winery in upstate New York with Norrie Ellington. A family-owned winery that her sister, Francine, and brother-in-law, Jason, run as she is a very silent partner. Her brother-in-law has been given a research grant that will take the couple out of the country for a year and they have asked Norrie to take over while they are gone. Norrie has a job, a full-time job, as a screenwriter and really doesn’t want to step in, but her sister assures her the staff handles most everything. She just needs Norrie to oversee things, attend a few meetings, and handle any emergencies that arise. There will be plenty of time to work on her screenplays and make her deadlines. Before Francine and Jason even arrive at their, no cell signal, out in the sticks, Costa Rican destination one of those rare emergencies arises in the form of a dead body among the Riesling vines. A woman Norrie had the displeasure of meeting upon her arrival. Elsbeth Waters was the owner of the nearby bed & breakfast and constant complainer of almost everything that happened in the town of Penn Yan and all the surrounding wineries. Let’s just say there is no shortage of suspects. There is also a couple of businessmen trying to buy up all the Penn Yan wineries so that they can open their own mega-winery business. Not really an emergency, because there is no way they are selling, unless they have something to do with Elsbeth’s death. Norrie feels like she is in the middle of one her drama filled movies. With the body found on her land, and the police are eyeing her as a suspect, she has a vested interest in seeing the killer brought to justice and she doesn’t have a lot of faith in the local law enforcement. She hasn’t been around in a long time so as she gets to know everyone she decides to do a little snooping too. I am late to the party on this series and am upset with myself. I have been enjoying the author’s Sophie Kimball Mysteries while this one was screaming from my Kindle. I am determined to get Chardonnayed to Rest read too before Pinot Red or Dead? hits stores. I liked Norrie immediately and Francine too for the short time we got to spend with her. We are also introduced to a large cast of characters that make up the staff at Two Witches Winery, the other local winery owners, the victim, and her niece, and the businessmen that could crush not only grapes but the dreams of everyone in the area. The author’s do a great job of making each character unique so it is very easy to keep everyone straight. Cammy runs the tasting room and she and Norrie become fast friends, as do the men that own the nearby winery. Theo and Don are good friends with Francine and Jason and Norrie knows she can trust them. They really have her back and help her in many ways. I truly enjoyed the way so many rallied around to help Norrie get her feet under herself with the winery and in her mission to catch a murderer. Two characters I can’t fail to mention and they need their own paragraph is the dog and the goat on the cover. Charlie is a Brindle Plott Hound and Alvin is a Nigerian Dwarf goat. Charlie stole my heart, even if he does need a bath almost every day. Alvin and Norrie don’t get off to a good start but he played a major part when he needed to. The mystery itself was a real treat. Plenty of suspects and some crazy theories kept me guessing the entire story. I was kinda on the right trail, but some red herrings diverted my attention more t
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Norrie Ellington has been persuaded by her sister Francine to take over the management of the family winery so that Francine and her husband can head to the rain-forest of Costa Rica for an entomology study. They'll be gone an entire year but since Norrie is a screenwriter she can work from anywhere. Hardly gone 24 hours after their departure, Norrie is awakened by vineyard workers yelling a body is in the Riesling vineyard. Unhappy that not only is there trouble at the winery but that she's not finding writing that she needs, Norrie is bombarded with problem after problem regarding the murder and the efforts of Vanna Enterprises efforts to buy up all the local wineries. Could Vanna have gone to far in trying to persuade the victim to sell? The descriptions of the winery operations as well as the characters were a great start for this new series and left plenty of room for advancement in the future. Love to see Norrie get more into the operations but would also like to see her interactions with her sister on her return..
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
A Riesling to Die was an entertaining cozy mystery. The cast of characters are eclectic & fun. And the setting is unique- I didn't know much about the winery's in the Finger Lakes area. This book was the first in The Wine Trail Mysteries & I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Riesling to Die is the first novel in The Wine Trail Mysteries. Norrie Ellington, a screenwriter, has reluctantly agreed to oversee the Two Witches Vineyard, in which she is a co-owner, for a year while her sister and her husband go off to Costa Rica on a research trip. Norrie believes that with the experienced winery staff, her role will be minimal which will leave her plenty of quiet time to write. The day after Francine and Jason leave the local crank is found dead in the new Riesling vines. Norrie decides to investigate the matter because the winery cannot afford to lose money or have bad publicity. She starts asking questions and believes she has discovered the guilty party. Norrie hatches with a plan to get the individual to confess. Unfortunately, things do not go quite as expected. Join Norrie at the Two Witches Vineyard in her search for a killer in A Riesling to Die. A Riesling to Die is a light cozy mystery. Norrie is one of those main characters that babbles when nervous and turns into a blithering idiot in front of a handsome man. There was a lack of development in Norrie’s character. The author fails to provide her background which would establish the character (any of the characters). There are some unique people working in the tasting room of the winery. Glenda, Roger, Lizzie and Cammy provide comic relief along with Cammy’s cousin, Marc and Enzo (they cracked me up). There is also a dog that manages to get into smelly messes every day (it makes me wonder if these people have not heard of a leash or a fenced in area for dogs) and Alvin, the spitting dwarf goat that is an attraction for children (just what every vineyard needs when you have guests wandering about). The mystery was straightforward, and the identity of the guilty party came as no surprise. Norrie’s investigation was proceeding nicely until she came up a harebrained scheme to reel in who she believes is the killer (she jumped to conclusions instead of following the evidence and thinking things through). The grand plan jeopardizes the winery and reminds me of Lucy Ricardo’s schemes. Norrie’s spends a significant amount of time speculating on who could have committed the crime. You can really see her overactive imagination at work. All the loose ends are wrapped up at the end of the story. A Riesling to Die had a good start, but then it stalled out for a while and then it became foolish. There is some interesting information about growing grapes, taking care of the vines, running a vineyard and producing wines. I am curious how many dead people will turn up in the area during Norrie’s year at Two Witches Winery (maybe the author will throw in a burglary). A Riesling to Die is a quick read that will appeal to readers who prefer lighter cozy mysteries filled with quirky characters. The next book in The Wine Trail Mysteries is Chardonnayed to Rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has what i look for in a cozy. I find the characters likeable and the plot was not too convoluted. I will ccontinue to follow the series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Riesling To Die is the first book in The Wine Trail Mysteries series. Norrie Ellington, a successful screenwriter, has reluctantly agreed to manage the families winery, when her sister, Francine, tells her that she and her husband Josh are going to research a rare bug in the wilds of Costa Rica. Norrie has been a “silent” partner and is somewhat familiar with the day to day operation and has started visiting the workers, many of she knows and is busy meeting the new ones. As she is talking with the tasting room manager, Cammy, Norrie is approached by a lady wanting to speak with Francine. After explaining to the lady that Francine is out the country, the lady tells her that she has filed a complaint with the county about their winery setting off cannon fire in the mornings. Cammy soon explains that the lady, Elsbeth Waters owns the B&B next to the winery and complains about everyone and everything in the Fingers Lake region. A day or two later as dawn was about to break, Norrie is raised out of her sleep, with pounding on her front door. She arrived at the door to find two of the field workers telling her there was an emergency in the vineyard. The workers led her to where a dead body lays and it turns out to be Elsbeth Waters. Several of the local wineries meet on a regular basis to discuss was is going on in the area and try to help each other with similar problems. It is at one of these meetings that Norrie finds out that a land developer has been trying to buy up many of the local wineries to form a mega-winery and make it a tourist attraction. With a great deal of help from Theo and Don, owners of The Grey Egret Winery, she sets out to clear the name of her Two Witches Winery in the death of Waters and hopefully learn who the killer is before any other deaths occur and in addition to put a stop to the land developers from acquiring any vineyards and turning the beautiful Finger Lakes into an amusement park atmosphere. I found this story to be very entertaining and very well written with just the right amount of discussion about wineries, winemaking, and wines to be informative and not to overshadow the mystery itself. The story has a very good cast of believable and likable character and will be looking forward to learning more about them in future books. I will be watching for the next in series to what Norrie will get up to next.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
A Riesling to Die by J.C. Eaton was a easy cozy mystery that captured my attention from the first. Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter and a silent partner in her family's winery. Normally the winery is run by her sister and husband but they are off to Costa Rica for a year and Norrie is guilted into overseeing the winery while they are gone. I liked Norrie although she often struck me as being easily overwhelmed and jumps to conclusions while sleuthing. J. C. Eaton does a fabulous job of describing the Finger Lakes district of New York; and the character development is well done as introductions into this first of a new cozy series. I liked many of the secondary characters and look forward to seeing them again as this series continues. A fast paced plot that flowed smoothly as the twists and turns take the reader to a reveal that I did not see coming. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
Set in Penn Yan overlooking Seneca Lake this story will have you ready to pack your bags for a relaxing trip to wine country. But for screenwriter Norrie Ellington it was a trip she did not want to take because it meant overseeing Two Witches winery while her sister and brother-in-law head to Costa Rica for research purposes. Norrie barely gets settled when a body is found on the property and she quickly gets in over her head with a bold and somewhat amateurish plan to trap the suspected killers. This story is a good first in a series book. There are some interesting characters, both human and animal, an interesting setting and it leaves us curious to find out what happens next in the life of Norrie Ellington. Thanks to Kensington books and NetGalley for an ARC of this story in exchange for a honest review.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Norrie Ellington is a romance screenwriter and a silent partner in her family’s Two Witches Winery in upstate New York. When her sister’s husband receives a grant to study in Costa Rica for a year, Norrie is guilted into returning home to head up the Winery in their stead. As soon as Norrie ships her sister and brother in law off, a neighbor is murdered and the body is found in the Two Witches vineyard. Norrie suspects the development company that wants to buy up the local wineries is guilty and sets out to get their confession. But Norrie has to mail the murderer before she’s next. The first book in The Wine Trail Mysteries, is off to a solid start.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
If I were in upstate New York touring wineries, Two Witches Winery would be one of my stops. The cozy ambiance of the tasting room calls to visitors to sit, sip, and savor samples before making their take-home selections. Protagonist Norris Ellington is actually a successful screenwriter who’s come to oversee the winery while her sister and brother-in-law travel to Costa Rica for a year. Norrie’s inner Nancy Drew kicks in fast when the body of a querulous Bed and Breakfast owner turns up dead in the middle of some new vines the workers just planted! A dangerous masquerade with two powerful businessmen could cork a killer or cost Norrie’s family the winery. With a mixed bouquet of suspects, this debut story in the Wine Trail Mysteries will have readers putting their thinking caps on if they want to solve the mystery before the author reveal. I had one person tapped as suspicious, but couldn’t figure out motive. Plenty of chuckles throughout the story, and a great supporting cast of characters for Norrie. Add a cute dwarf goat and a smart dog and this cozy is great entertainment. I reviewed a digital ARC via NetGalley and the publisher.
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
This is the first of the Wine Trail Mysteries. Having read Eaton's 2 Sophie Kimbell mysteries, I was anxious to read this one. Norrie has reluctantly agreed to oversee the family winery while her sister and brother-in-law take a year to go to Costa Rica to study bugs. Almost upon her arrival, Norrie meets the extremely unpleasant Elsbeth Waters. She's the owner of a B&B down the road, and a royal pain in the butt to business owners all over the area. Less than 24 hours after Norrie is left alone to run the winery, Elsbeth is found dead on the winery property. Having an interest in getting the murder solved, Norrie takes it upon herself to do a little investigative work. There are suspects abound: the niece who was treated like a servant; the unscrupulous yet handsome land developers hoping to turn the lake into a wine-tasting Disneyland; and lots of winery owners who were regularly accosted by Elsbeth and her obnoxious demands. The cast is rather unique. It seems that nearly everyone working in the tasting room were characters. Glenda is obsessed with doing a cleansing and having a seance for Elsbeth's spirit. Roger has a love and depth of knowledge about the French and Indian war that he seems compelled to weave into every conversation. Lizzie has read every Nancy Drew novel and is therefore an expert in investigations (in her mind). Cammy is the only seemingly normal one, but makes up for it by sending her frat boy cousins Marc and Enzo as back-up for Norrie when she goes to meet with one of the land developers. Marc and Enzo cracked me up - could we see more of them in the next novel?! The murderer was not a complete surprise to me. Something was obviously going on there, but I couldn't decide what the issue was. However the identity of the killer was not obvious by any means. I saw this was a series, and my initial thought was: how? Norrie is a city girl, perfectly happy living in NYC (although being near Little Italy, who could blame her?), and repeatedly mentions how she just didn't like the idyllic lake region. Except for a comment about how she enjoyed working at her sister's table with only the birds and occasional motorboat and none of the horn honking and rumbles of traffic of NYC, I felt sure she was planning on leaving 365 days from when her sister left her in charge. However there is a suggestion near the end on how the series could continue, so that question, while not answered, was sated for the moment at least. (No spoilers.) It was a fun, quick read. Recommended.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This review fluctuates between 3.50 & 3.75. I really wanted to like it a lot more than I did. The main character had too much happening to really get to know her. It seemed like things went to smoothly, there weren't as many twists and turns that I'd hoped for. I would consider reading another book to give myself a second chance to get more familiar with the author's style. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.