From New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes the USA TODAY bestselling debut to a series full of mystery, laughter, and murder in wine country...
The Oak Valley Vineyard has been in Emmy Oak's family for generations. So when the small Sonoma winery is suddenly in financial trouble and in danger of being gobbled up by the corporate giants, Emmy moves home to try to save her legacy with her modern culinary know-how. First step—she throws a party showcasing her latest vintage and signature tasty treats to a group of wine country's most elite enthusiasts. Only when one of her VIP guests sips a glass of poisoned wine and dies in her cellar, Emmy's name is on everyone lips for all the wrong reasons.
The victim was the young, boy-toy husband of one of Silicon Valley's most successful female CEOs... and his playboy ways and suspicious spending habits have almost no one mourning his death. Enter Detective Christopher Grant, recent SFPD transplant, who is assigned to the case and immediately homes in on Oak Valley. But Emmy is determined to clear her winery's name—even if Grant's dark eyes, sexy smile, and mysterious past threaten to distract her. After calling in the big guns to help her—a.k.a. her jewelry designer best friend and copious amounts of cookie dough ice cream—Emmy finds herself digging through a slew of suspects to uncover crimes, grudges, and secret affairs that could put a soap opera to shame. Can Emmy find out just which of the upper crust poisoned the victim's vintage...or will Emmy's next sip be her last?
**Simple and delicious recipes included!**
**USA TODAY bestseller!**
"Ms. Halliday is the undisputed queen of the genre: she knows how to blend fashion, suspense, laughter, and romance in all the right doses."
~ Fresh Fiction
"Gemma has a natural flow to her writing, a vibrant, witty voice that makes you want to keep reading. 5 stars!"
~ Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine
" Halliday is on top of her game!"
Wine & Dine Mysteries:
A Sip Before Dying – book #1
Chocolate Covered Death – book #2
Victim in the Vineyard – book #3
Marriage, Merlot & Murder – book #4
Death in Wine Country – book #5
Fashion, Rosé & Foul Play – book #6
Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 or what you would find on a Hallmark Channel movie or TV series.
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Fun new series!
This was a fun start to a new series. Emmy seems like a smart, capable woman, and the other characters were fun to read.
Emmy is trying her best to keep her family's winery afloat. She hosts a party in the hope that she will then acquire some new customers. Unfortunately a VIP guest is found dead in the cellar, meaning Emmy's hopes of new business are dashed, as the bad news of a dead body spreads through town. Using her own initiative, Emmy tries to find out what really happened, and in return, hopes that finding the killer will alleviate anyone's concerns about her winery.
I really enjoyed this story. Not too intense, but enough intrigue to keep you reading. Look forward to book 2!