This weeks Cozy Mystery is:
Murder Uncorked by Michele Scott
Murder and mayhem in Napa Valley, Murder Uncorked tells the story of Nikki Sands, an actress/waitress from Los Angeles. After a disastrous evening culminating with the loss of her waitressing job, Nikki is offered a job at a winery located in the Napa Valley. Derek Malveaux offers Nikki several times her waitressing salary to come to Napa and work at his vineyard.
Desperate to escape from LA, Nikki flies with Derek to Napa for a tour of the Malveaux vineyard and to make her decision. Before she can settle into the guest cottage, Nikki discovers the body of murdered winemaker Gabriel Assanti. Nikki discovers that there are many quirky and often dysfunctional people in the area who all seem to have a motive for the murder. Nikki chases down every lead to find the identity of the murderer while fighting against her attraction to the blonde-haired, blue eyed, owner, Derek Malveaux.
Nikki is a not-so-good actress coming to terms with her lack of real acting talent while discovering her talent for food and wine pairings. She is likeable and fun. Derek is an interesting character who remains a little mysterious to Nikki and the reader. He is complex and maybe a little too good to be true. Among the other characters in Murder Uncorked are Derek’s step-mother and ex-wife, the “Botox Twins”, as they are referred to, as well as Andres Fernandez, a neighboring winemaker, who seems to be eccentric, dark, and brooding. The plot is fun and engaging. Throughout the book recipes and wine pairing recommendations are shared. Murder Uncorked is a delicious, fast- paced, and fun loving cozy mystery with a surprising twist at the end. If you love a fun cozy mystery, a nice glass of wine, and good food you will enjoy this book. I recommend this book, curl up and enjoy.