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Foul play at the festival
When her family's winery becomes one of the sponsors at the Lost Pines Food and Wine Festival, Elise Beckett's spirits soar at the chance to help with their booth. But as the festival gets underway, her cheerful mood turns sour when rival vintner Divia Larson is found dead.
With all clues pointing to her grandmother as the prime suspect, Elise and her deputy sheriff boyfriend team up to clear her name. But Divia's murder is as complex as a fine wine, with a strong bouquet of suspicion, bitter notes of betrayal, and more than a hint of danger. Will Elise and Jackson be able to untangle the mess before another victim is corked?
"Lively and entertaining . . . [a] well wrought whodunit."Publishers Weekly
"A light, pleasant case of murder."Kirkus Reviews
" This is a fun read with a little bit of Everything. All readers will be rooting for Grandma to get out of this mess, and enjoy the suspense that is truly riveting as it builds to an ending that's a real surprise!" Suspense Magazine
About the Author
Joni Folger (Tillamook, OR) worked on an airline for twenty-two years. When she's not spending quality time with the characters she creates, Joni enjoys gardening, crafting, and working in local theater. Visit her blog at http://JGSauer.wordpress.com.
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Title: Of Merlot and Murder - A Tangled Vine Mystery 2 Author: Joni Sauer-Folger Published: 9-8-2014 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 290 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; ISBN: ASIN: B00MMMCR4G Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . With her family sponsoring some of the festivities at the Lost Pine Food and Wine Festival, Elise Becket is looking forward to the fun and festivities. That is until rive Vintner, Divia Larson turns up dead and Elise's Grandmother is the prime suspect. Elise ropes in her boyfriend, Jackson, a deputy sheriff into helping her search for answers and the real killer or killers. The clues lead to more questions and like a fine wine you have to sort through the layers to find the true sweetness of the grape. With developed characters and established background and a thought out plot you are drawn into another deliciously wicked cozy to see if you can solve the murder before Elise does and to help Keep Elise from stepping on the wrong toes and dumped in a vat to age in the dark for years. You cannot miss a chance to enjoy another of Elise's adventures so find a quiet spot, get yourself a cool glass of wine and indulge a few hours away from reality and join Elise and the others at the Lost Pine Food and Wine Festival. There is so much going on you should not be bored. Enjoy Of Merlot and Murder I know I did. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Read for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Gemini This was by far the best cozy mystery that I have read so far this year. The characters were very likeable and everything that happened was realistic. Considering that the other cozy mysteries I have read included characters that talked to themselves or other inanimate objects, this was refreshing. I was starting to believe that all cozy mysteries had to focus on outrageous characters that could not exist in the real world. Of Merlot and Murder is the story of Elise Beckett and her inability to keep her nose out of police business. After the murder of her grandmother’s rival, Divia Larson, Elise feels compelled to drag her siblings and best friend into the investigation in order to make sure that her grandmother is cleared as a suspect. Incidentally, her boyfriend Jackson Landry is the lead investigator on the case and he is constantly reminding her that she needs to let him do his job and stay out of it. One would think that this would be easy since Elise had already gotten close to getting herself killed while she was investigating her uncle’s murder a few months prior. Needless to say, Elise is not a member of law enforcement. She is a horticulturist working for her family’s winery but she thinks that she is Nancy Drew. She just can’t help herself. There is a large suspect pool that made it a little difficult to keep up with everything. Everyone had a secret so that made it a challenge to figure out who the killer actually was. Oddly enough, that’s what made the book entertaining. Just when I thought that I had it all figured out, the author threw a curveball. There is a great message about family throughout the book as well. Of Merlot and Murder is the second book in the series and I just may have to go back and read it. **Received a copy from Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
4 STARS I really got a kick out of the main characters. They are fun group of family and friends. I would like to see them again. This is the second book of Tangled Vines Mystery. First one I have read. It does a good job of standing alone, but if you are going to read both of them I suggest reading them in order. (Because It does give up lots of spoilers of the first book) I would still like to read it sometime though. The suspense of the book was good. Kept me guessing most of the book. Lots of suspects who hated the victim. Some action. Lots of humor, wise cracking of characters. Lots of relationships, lots of secrets, some soap opera from some of the characters. The pace of the book was good and fast. Most of the book took place in one week during The Lost Pines Food and Wine Festival. Elise Beckett is the main character. She works at the family winery. She is dating Jackson who is the family friend and a deputy. She is very curious and gets lots of lectures to leave the police work to Jackson from everyone. She gets her sister Madison, brother Ross and best friend C.C.'s all taking notice and asking questions. Jackson is Ross's best friend since childhood. Now it has finally worked out that Elise and him are free to date each other at same time. He feels like part of the Beckett family. He has to ask tough questions about everyone the evidence takes him. Even if it is Abigail Elise's grandmother. Abigail and Divia are not friends. Divia ended up marring Abigail's high school boyfriend. They are going to be at the wine festival. Divia is not well liked. Abigail finds her body at the local motel and calls Jackson to report it. Reading this book makes me want to go watch a Sandra Bullock movie again. I need to remember a scene in it better. I would read more books by Joni Folger based on this book. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Midnight Ink
Food and wine in the beautiful Texas hill country should be a winning combination. Unless you trip over a dead body. Elise Beckett is back for her second outing in the Tangled Vines Mystery series. I enjoyed the first book and this one was better. Elise is helping her family with their booth at the Lost Pines Food and Wine Festival. It’s great publicity for their winery and event center. Lots of local restaurants and local vinyards will be there including Third Coast Winery whose owner just happens to be the old beau of Miss Abbie, the family matriarch. His new wife is a real piece of work and is much disliked by the whole food and wine community. If a dead body is going to turn up during the festival, it seems no surprise that it’s hers. With Miss Abbie as a potential suspect, Elise can’t help sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong. Here’s what I like about this series and what I think is going to be its on-going appeal. The people say things that sound like real people. When Elise’s brother yells at her for being late to dinner because of a shoe sale, I think she’s completely correct when she says that men just do not get the importance of a shoe sale. I love shoes and my husband doesn’t get it. When she and her siblings joke around about who Grandma loves best, it feels like a conversation I’ve been in with my family. While bad things do happen, the family maintains its bond of love. I prefer that over angst and dysfunction. On the other hand, Elise has to quit ignoring everything her handsome police detective boyfriend tells her. The amount of deliberate snooping she does after being warned not to by Jackson is unbelievable and borders on the TSTL category. She needs to start working with Jackson as a good citizen instead of against him as a snoop. When I reviewed the first one in this series, I said I thought the series would get better and it has. I look forward to seeing more of Elise and the vineyard gang in the future. This was provided to me by Netgalley and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it.