Author: Carlene O'Neil
Series: Book 1 A Cypress Cove Mystery
Publisher: The Penguin Group
Genre : Cozy Mystery
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Marlene
Antonia Martinelli soon asks Penny for help in discovering who is sabotaging her winery. Penny feeling obligated as Antonia helped her aunt near the end, accepts. As the Autumn Festival approaches it is imperative that this mystery is solved to ensure the most optimal exposure for Martinelli Wines. As Penny tries to maneuver her investigation into the sabotage she comes across a multitude of sins in this small community of Cypress Cove. From finding the body of a young up and comer at Martinelli Wineries to Infidelity to theft to coveted secrets and much more. Soon she finds herself in the crossfires of a murderer and a family that may just be as dangerous to her well being.
I really enjoyed Penny, I liked her independence and her attitude. I could relate to her on many levels. As for Antonia she reminds me of my grandmother, head of the family and it's her way or no way and seems oblivious to others opinions or cares but she is aware of the norms of social etiquette but chooses not to follow them. That's my grandmother. Francesca, she is unbelievable, you'll see. I really like the cast of characters including Russ and Thomas and Veronica. They were all well written. The story itsself is out of the norm for me. I know nothing about nor do I drink wine but I was interested in the Penny character and wondered what adjustments one would have to make in life from being a professional in the big city to a small town business owner. What I found was much much more. The story was well written and plotted out and kept me guessing.
FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book for review.This did not influence my thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and review are my own.
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