My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Wine Country Mysteries is one of my new favorite series. While it falls under the cozy sub-genre, it’s not at all light and whimsical. The Viognier Vendetta, the 5th book in Ellen Crosby’s wonderful series, is another fine edition worthy of just over 4 stars.
In this book, Lucie’s former college pal, known affectionately as Big because of their sisterly relationship back on a running team, asks her to meet up in DC after a ten-year absence. Right off the bat, I knew she’d either die or be accused of murder, but it still made me ever the more curious to find out which. The bodies continue to pile up as Lucie learns of a financial firm’s connections to several of her friends and acquaintances back in Atoka, Virginia. Ultimately, it’s another war between the British and America, not too dissimilar from the one in 1812 decades after independence. Someone’s playing games regarding investment fraud and an urn that needs to be returned to its rightful owner. Whodunit?
Crosby weaves history and mystery like no one else in this elaborate and complex story. Her characters are complex and multi-dimensional, despite sometimes being a little boring when it comes to what they’re after. It’s always money! LOL That said, I truly enjoy reading one of these novels and will be sad when I catch up to the latest one that just came out. I’m about halfway thru the series and already wondering what will take its place? Who wouldn’t love a storm about American history, wine, and drama?
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