Author: Carlene O'Neil
Series: Book 2 Cypress Grove Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
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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