Death, Dismay and Rosé
by J.C. Eaton
ebook, 1, 240 pages
Published September 29th 202 by Beyond the Page Publishing
When a local historian is found dead, Norrie Ellington has to dig through the clues to prove the cause was not a centuries-old curse but coldblooded murder . . .
It’s rare that the summer solstice and a full moon fall on the same night, but winery manager Norrie Ellington is all too familiar with the curse that supposedly accompanies the event: the death by suffocation of someone in the area. She’s inclined to write the whole thing off as folktale nonsense―until the president of the local historical society is found smothered on that very night. Local law enforcement aren’t quite so superstitious, however, and they’ve pegged a close friend of Norrie’s for the murder.
Determined to discredit the curse and get her friend off the hook, Norrie begins digging into the background of the victim, only to discover that he had no shortage of enemies. And as evidence emerges of his questionable connections and shady dealings, Norrie follows a trail of clues that leads her smack into the racing world at Watkins Glen. She’ll have to shift into overdrive to save her friend, because curse or not, there’s a flesh-and-blood killer dead set on making Norrie the next victim . . .
This is the sixth book in the Wine Trail mysteries by J.C. Eaton.
The local historian is found dead but there is no lack of suspects wanting to do the deed. The man took his historic opinions to everyone who wanted to add a pool to their land or add a few inches to their porch. He denied all these requests claiming they had to maintain the historic presence of their property.
Norrie's brother-in-law is labeled suspect number one after the body of the historian was found near his insect training ground for students. Norrie accidentally makes the police aware of her brother-in-laws closeness to where the body was found.
The curse on the two witches land was a pretty entertaining secondary storyline. I even wondered why this series wasn't titled two witches. There are lots of twists and turns as Norrie feels like she must find the real bad guy to clear her brother-in-law. Characterization was great. The victim was probably the best described character. Too bad he's dead. He is one of those people you love to hate.
Loving this series for sure. Definitely a series I want to continue with.
If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.