Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway One Foot in the Grape by Carlene O'Neil

Title: One Foot In The Grape
 Author: Carlene O'Neil
 Series: Book 1 A Cypress Cove Mystery
 Publisher: The Penguin Group
Genre : Cozy Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene


 Joyeux Winery is a small but successful winery that has come under new management, Penelope (Penny) Lively has recently inherited it from her Aunt Monique who has passed away. Penny is in her mid thirties, single with a Maltese named Nanook and cat named Syrah (funny I didn't realize at first that this is also a vintage of wine) and quite the independent streak. She was once a photojournalist but due to ethical differences with her editor chose to leave that behind and focus on her family's winery with her niece Hayley and her manager Conner, as well as taking photos of landscapes. The adjoining winery to hers, Martinelli Winery, is one of the largest in the region and is owned by one of the most influential  families in the area and has a matriarch to go with it.

 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.

 Find Author Carlene O' Neil Online: http://carleneoneil.com/
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 The giveaway closes at 12:00 am EST May 6


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52 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway. pattie.tierney@gmail.com

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  2. Wow, such a cute and lovely cover. Plus the bonus is that the book sounds just wonderful!ptclayton2@aol.com

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    I like the cover!

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  5. Love books with wine. Thanks for the giveaway

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  8. I enjoy books that have wineries in them. This sounds like a great book. Also has a very cute cover.
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  10. This definitely sounds like a book I would be interested in because I do drink wine. LOL! jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  11. I'm not really a wine drinker either but we did have a strong grandmother in our family. Sounds like an interesting story.
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  37. Carlene O'Neil is a new author to me, but this book sounds exciting and a page turner. I've visited many wineries over the years and it's always a fun adventure. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway. - ruthmazur46@gmail.com - Ruth Lyons Mazur

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  38. Sounds like a delicious read. Thanks for a chance to win.
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  39. That wonderful cover would remind me to pour a glass of wine before I started reading this book. Thanks for the contest.
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  44. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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