The Sauvignon Secret: A Wine Country Mystery

Ellen Crosby. Scribner, $24 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4391-6388-7
In Crosby's solid sixth wine country mystery (after 2010's Viognier Vendetta), the apparent suicide of Paul Noble, a wine importer and distributor with lots of enemies, takes Virginia vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery to the vineyards of California's Napa and Sonoma valleys in search of answers. Lucie and her former lover, winemaker Quinn Santori, dig through the past of a group of young biochemists from the Nixon era, who called themselves the Mandrake Society. Noble's death turns out not to be the only mysterious one connected to the society, but it may hold the key to a coverup, a murder, and a determined killer. Meanwhile, Lucie and Quinn must deal with the question of their own future. Can they mend their strained relationship? While the element of intrigue falls a bit flat, wine aficionados and those fond of the San Francisco Bay Area will be well rewarded. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/13/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 348 pages - 978-1-4516-6940-4
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7927-7959-9
Open Ebook - 272 pages - 978-1-4516-2841-8
Hardcover - 398 pages - 978-1-61173-188-0
Compact Disc - 978-0-7927-7958-2
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-1-5011-8840-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-60998-951-4
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