Book Review of The Vineyard Victims a Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby


The first blush of spring is upon the hills on this slightly chill morning in mid-March. A great day to head outside with a good book if one dons a jacket and finds a spot in the sun. Crocus and snowdrops are up and a faint tint of green shines through the few spots of snow that linger in shady spots along the roadsides.

I highly recommend The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery (Wine Country Mysteries) for a first spring read!

There’s a great lesson to be learned from this work of fiction-

Lucie Montgomery, owner of a winery founded by her family amid the lovely landscapes of Virginia experiences a bit of déjà vu as a car driven by a publicly prominent friend plows into the same pillar at the end of her estate’s lane that was the impact point of an accident she experienced ten years before.

The details behind this accident are gradually unearthed as Lucie launches an investigation into the puzzling request Jamie, the accident victim, makes of her just before the car catches fire and consumes his life.

A number of people Lucie knows are discovered to be involved in the events of another era that provoked the current situation leading to the fatal accident.

Quinn, the estate’s wine-maker, who now is engaged to Lucie, is supportive throughout the story. Those who have read the earlier works in the series know of the long winding road they followed before coming together as readers hoped they would.

Things became a bit unbelievable at the point where the answer to the mystery was revealed, but that’s really the only flaw I saw in the story.

I actually didn’t want the book to end, but loved the conclusion when Lucie learned a lesson we all should remember. It seems fate brought a few strange factors together to teach her. Synchronicities this intricately entwined are rare, but can be realities.

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Book Review of Caramel Crush, a Cupcake Bakery Mystery, by Jenn McKinlay

Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

My first Cupcake Bakery Mystery, though several years ago I read a great story set in a town on Chesapeake Bay where a young woman opened a cupcake bakery and commenced a romance. (Does that ring a bell with any readers who crave cupcake bakery mysteries?)

At first glance, I thought I would love this cute themed cozy, and indeed many of my readers may enjoy the story. As the tale begins, love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes, owned by Angie and Mel. Angie is preparing for her wedding.

But as Mel helps her old friend break up in dramatic fashion due to discoveries about her fiance’s motives, the plot gets wrapped up in a little too much social drama for my taste. Not my usual favorite lighthearted, dry humored, intelligent type of cozy like those by the likes of Leslie Meier, Kaitlyn Dunnett, Jane K. Cleland, M.C. Beaton . . .I suppose the murder mystery part of plot is satisfactory and the creative cupcake and icing recipes provided at the close of the book are an excellent bonus for us who crave creative sweets as much as good reads.

Other readers are invited to share their opinions (and their results of baking attempts).

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Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

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