The Merlot Murders

The Merlot Murders

A Wine Country Mystery

Book - 2006
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"Finely ladled suspense," says the Sun-Sentinel about the complex flavor of Ellen Crosby's debut mystery set in the wealthy Blue Ridge wine country of northern Virginia, where vineyard heiress Lucie Montgomery must find a killer or lose her cherished family heritage.

Leland Montgomery's death was deemed accidental, but when his daughter Lucie returns home from France, she finds the once-thriving family vineyard run down, collapsing under huge debt. Lucie's godfather warns her that Leland's demise may have been the result of an attempt to force the sale of the vineyard. Her extravagant brother and rebellious sister are determined to sell the estate, and there's something suspicious about the vintner her father hired right before he died. When another oenophile turns up dead, asphyxiated in a tank of Merlot, Lucie -- the lone holdout preventing the vineyard's sale -- realizes she's next in line for an "accident." Can she trust in the proverb in vino veritas -- in wine there is truth -- as she attempts to survive a very bad year for Merlot?
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2006
ISBN: 9781416536048
9780743289900
Branch Call Number: CRO
Characteristics: 286 p

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maipenrai
Nov 14, 2016

The first book in the Wine Country Mystery series

really poor representation of women who choose abusive males. Guns abound and the reads like a cheap soap opera. Some fun reading about development of wine industry in Virgina. This was her first attempt, perhaps she will become more sophistocated with later novels

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Jan 13, 2011

First book in a mystery series set in wine country.

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