The Merlot Murders (Wine Country Mystery Series #1)

The Merlot Murders (Wine Country Mystery Series #1)

by Ellen Crosby
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Merlot Murders (Wine Country Mystery Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
JAXDD More than 1 year ago
Good author. My first experience reading Ellen Crosby and based on the enjoyment I had reading Merlot Murders I have made purchase of the second book in the series.Looking forward to reading it. Great characters.
TomV_Winemaker More than 1 year ago
The book had a nice pace to it. Something was always going on to advance the story. I will be reading all in this series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Two years ago, Lucie Montgomery had her foot maimed in a car accident. She fled from her Virginia home to spend time in France recovering. Forced to use a cane to help her walk and still overseas she has shown no indication to return to her family¿s winery. --- Her time in Europe ends when her brother Eli informs Lucie that their father Leland was killed in a hunting accident. She comes home to the Montgomery Estate Vineyard for her dad¿s funeral, but is stunned as the once proud five hundred acres has been neglected since she left. Lucie soon learns why as Leland let the winery go to ruin while he invested in questionable schemes that wiped out the family fortune. Eli and their sister Mia want to sell the winery as they prefer the money to continue with their upper class lifestyle. As stunning as her siblings wanting to sell their heritage, Lucie is further shocked when Mia flaunts her affair with Greg, her sister¿s former lover and the person responsible for her mutilated foot. Meanwhile Lucie's godfather Fitz Pico warns her that Leland was murdered and anyone else opposed to the sale will probably die too he leaves her with a key to a box that may hold a fabulous diamond necklace. The next day Fitz is found dead. Lucie believes the killer struck again and plans to uncover the culprit before she joins the murderer¿s row. --- MERLOT MURDERS is a fabulous first Wine Country Mystery that uses a wonderful backdrop to the amateur sleuth investigation. Lucie is a delightful protagonist struggling with her father¿s death as much as his allowing their estate to become dilapidated. Her siblings make matters worse with their avarice. Fans will enjoy toasting newcomer Ellen Crosby to the sub-genre and think twice while sipping a glass of Merlot. --- Harriet Klausner
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I know I have said this about cozies before, but I loved this book. I enjoy all cozies that I read but this even more than others. One thing I like is that there was a little history involved in the story telling. Lucie is a person that I liked from page one, I even felt sorry for her at times even though she I think she can be a strong person. Greg made me want to reach in the book and slap him silly as well as Eli. I did not like either of them. Quinn is a person that one minute I liked and the next I did not. I still think there is some sort of mystery behind him that I hope to find out more about in future books. This is a series that I plan on continuing. There are many people that this book can appeal to, wine lovers, history lovers and mystery lovers. The history of wine and merlot in particular was very interesting to me. I recommend this book to all. I give is five stars. 
wenhorne More than 1 year ago
Loved the book and now have to read the entire series. Stayed up late just to finish.
MiniV More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing about wine making before reading this mystery. It's always intereting to learn a little bit while being entertained. The storyline leaves you undetermined as to "who done it" until just one point. Then you have to wait for the main characters to figure it out too and prove you were right.
lanaleb More than 1 year ago
Read this for my book club and we didn't have a whole lot to talk about. Not much to the plot or character development, but I don't read a lot of mystery books so that may be typical of this genre. Fast and interesting read - great for a lazy day inside. It was neat to learn a little bit about how a small winery operates. I wouldn't mind reading her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book (and the next 2) and have started 3 friends on this series. Great for a day you just want to relax with a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being that I live in Northern Virginia close to wine country, I really enjoyed reading this book set in places I know. The characters were interesting and the plot took many twists. I think I'll read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the setting of this story, and enjoyed the explanation of how wine is made and the history of wine in the US. I thought the main character was cold and I was unsympathetic towards her but liked the fact she wanted to work hard to reserve the Vinyard her mother worked so hard to create. The other characters were like flashes, no one stood out or shined bright. The story is a who done it, which are my favorite. The writing style is more narrative, which is not my favorite. But there is little to no explicite language and is a casual read which was worth the couple of dollars I paid for it.
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