The Chardonnay Charade: A Wine Country Mystery

Ellen Crosby, Author . Scribner $24 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7432-8992-4

A bizarre May frost threatens Lucie Montgomery's Virginia winery operation in this highly enjoyable sequel to Crosby's The Merlot Murders (2006). After spending the night keeping her vines from freezing, the easily peeved Lucie is less than thrilled to find the pesticide-contaminated body of Georgia Greenwood, a local politician, at the edge of her fields. Lucie leaves the investigating to the police, but is dismayed when her close friend Ross, Georgia's husband, becomes a suspect. What's more, the EPA disapproves of her cavalier handling of pesticides, and her younger sister is on the brink of alcoholism. Crosby illustrates the tension between Virginia old money tradition and the less prosperous newcomers to one of the nation's fastest growing areas. Some plot twists and romantic tension add body, developing into a smooth finish. The unusual setting and Crosby's able prose more than make up for a whiny heroine. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/04/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 330 pages - 978-1-4165-3598-0
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Hardcover - 366 pages - 978-1-60285-089-7
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