Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cozy Mystery Saturday: The Merlot Murders

Cozy Mystery Saturday is a meme hosted by BookMagic. If you love cozy mysteries check out her meme. She has some great suggestions to add to your TBR list.

The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby

Lucie returns home from France, where she has been recovering from a disabling car accident, to attend her late father’s wake only to find the family winery in disaray. Her brother and sister have changed, her godfather is rumored to be losing it, and her former boyfriend has hooked up with her little sister. What is happening in this small Virginia town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Rumors and gossip fly around this small town seamlessly, except for the really important ones. Who was trying to secretly buy the winery and were they responsible for Leland’s death? Lucie must not only fight to keep the winery going but answer these questions before more mysterious accidents happen.

This cozy mystery is entertaining and filled with historical references to Thomas Jefferson and the American wine industry. If you enjoy a nice glass of wine and a good cozy mystery you might enjoy this series. The characters are not very likeable for the most part but they are interesting. Lucie is not as pleasant as most cozy mystery heroines but she grows on you. After all she is struggling to accept her disability from the car accident. I think that I like to a read a book ocassionally where the characters aren’t all sweet and fun. These characters are more complex and have definite issues. Like most of us they are slightly dysfunctional.

All of the questions are not answered in this first book of the series. I enjoyed the read and play on reading more from this series. If you are looking for light reading for entertainment this is a good place to start.

I give this a 3 out of 5. Again, a worthwhile read.

1 comment:

bookmagic said...

I love wine, so I think I would like this. Of course i would have to drink wine while reading it, to keep the atmosphere going :) Great review, thanks for joining in!