cover image Death in a Wine Dark Sea

Death in a Wine Dark Sea

Lisa King. Permanent, $29.95 (352p) ISBN 978-1-57962-282-4

Magazine editor King’s absorbing first mystery introduces San Francisco wine critic Jean Applequist, an unapologetic, tell-it-like-it-is gal with a penchant for wine and men. Jean tempers her attitude on occasion, like the nuptials of her closest friend, Diane, aboard a yacht in San Francisco Bay. On her best behavior during the ceremony, Jean tries to believe that the unscrupulous groom, Martin Wingo, who has a reputation for womanizing and blackmail, has reformed. Shortly after Diane and Martin exchange their vows, someone tosses Martin overboard, and so begins a tale of lust, greed, and revenge. Jean teams with Martin’s former right-hand man, Jay “Zeppo” Zeppetello, and together they dig deep into Martin’s blackmail schemes, though they soon find themselves in danger from a long list of Martin’s enemies. The brisk plot offers surprises even a seasoned reader won’t see coming. Lively, well-drawn supporting characters add to the fun. Agent: Sally van Haitsma, van Haitsma Literary. (June)