Saturday, March 26, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Ripe for Murder by Carlene O'Neil

Title: Ripe for Murder
Author: Carlene O'Neil
Series: Book 2 Cypress Grove Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by: Tina




Joyeux Winery is a family run winery that is run  by Penny Lively. She needs to think of something fast if she wants to keep business booming so she decides to think about investing in a new train line that will run along her winery and her neighbor's and distant relative, Antonia's winery and many others.

Connor manages Joyeux Winery and there's a unrequited love between Penny and Connor. Penny is not to eager to share her love for him but he joins her on a trip to a posh resort and spa for a overnight tripe to find out more about the train line that will also be a shoe in to bring in more tourists to the wineries. 


Penny is not to pleased that Antonia's Daughter, Chantal who stole one of Penny's boyfriends in high school is making a mockery of herself and throwing herself all over married investors and she also has the hots for Connor but she does have a great eye for the business of her own mother's winery. 


Chantal becomes the number one suspect when a passenger of the train who just happens to be a investors wife is murdered. Chantal needs for Penny to read between the wine's when she agrees to investigate to find the real murderer and she discovered that one of the investors has a taste for more than the wine, they have a taste for blood. 


I'm all in favor of the unrequited romance between Penny and Connor, I have had a few of them in my lifetime which I related too. Ripe for murder had no shortage of tension and thrills and no shortage of a possible murderer. That being said, I found the story line lacking and not as action packed as I would have liked. There were one too many investors for me to keep track of and not very interesting besides the killer and not very engaging. Penny and Antonia's friendship and work ethic shined though out the whole story and it would make a perfect read for any wine connoisseur and mystery fan. 

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43 comments:

  1. Carlene O'Neil is a "new-to-me" author ... thank you for the introduction to her books. Ripe for Murder sounds great.
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  2. I can't wait to read!
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  3. I can't wait to read!
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  4. Sounds like a fun read. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful cozy! Thank you for the chance to win.
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  6. I'm a big fan of trains - and wine - so this should be a great read for me~!
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  7. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  8. Another new to me author. I think I will look for #1 in this series too. Count me in. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  9. This is a new to me series, sounds great, I'm in
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  10. Sounds like a good read. A glass of wine with a good book is a real treat.
    Carol Smith
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  11. would love to read
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  12. I checked the first book in this series out from the library. Looking forward to reading them both. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  13. Thank you for introducing a new author to me. Looking forward to reading and thank you for the giveaway. ptclayton2@aol.com Of course once I finish I will review on Goodreads and Amazon!

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  14. This looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  15. I've never read this author before. I'd love to start with this book. It sounds really good!
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  16. Yay a new author for me to read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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  17. This sounds like a delightful read! Thanks for the opportunity!
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  18. A new to me author to try out sounds like a good book. Pugpower63@gmail.com

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  19. I would love a this book to add to my list. mcknzbwl@aol.com Donna McKenzie

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  20. I have been eyeing this series, I've heard so many good things about it, I have got to get started on it. Thanks for the chance to win this one.
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  21. A new to me author - thanks for the intro.
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  22. sounds like an excellent series. roccomom53@gmail.com

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  23. I am excited about this book, and a train, too. It's reminiscent of the Napa Valley Wine Train a close friend had been on. She and her party enjoyed varieties of California wines paired with a multiple-course dinner. All they needed was a murder mystery.
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  24. This cover and story is very inviting...thanks for the contest, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  25. A captivating and fascinating series which I would enjoy. Thanks for this feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Ripe For Murder sounds intriguing and special. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. seascapelife at gmail dot com. Love the first book great new series

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  28. New author for me; looks like a good one.

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  29. I would love to read this
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  30. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  31. Thanks for the opportunity! This series is new to me and I look forward to reading it! Thanks!
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  32. I still am waiting anxiously for this release! Sometimes what one finds lacking fills another's void! Can't wait!

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  34. New author to me. It really interests me because it involves a winery. I don't know much about the wine business and this sounds like an interesting read. Adding to my TBR list.
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  35. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the review and the chance to win! salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  36. This book is on my list! Thank you for the opportunity to win a caopy!
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  37. Thanks for the chance! This sounds like a great book!
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  39. Excited to read! Sounds so interesting! Cbalevre@ptd.net

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  40. I own the first in this series and enjoyed it very much. I'd love to be able to win this book and add it to my collection.

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  41. This is a fun series. Happy to see a new one.

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  42. New author and series to me

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