From New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes the USA Today bestselling Wine & Dine Mysteries!
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. What she doesn't expect is murder, mayhem, and possibly a little romance...
This boxed set contains the first 5 full-length novels in the Wine & Dine Mysteries series, including:
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
**Simple and delicious recipes and affordable wine pairings included!**
"Ms. Halliday is the undisputed queen of the genre."
~ Fresh Fiction
"I rank 'A Sip Before Dying' as one of my favorite fun reads. I say to Gemma Halliday, well done!"
~ The Book Breeze
"The Wine & Dine Mystery series is a definite to read and keep an eye out for more to follow."
~ Cozy Mystery Book Review
Other Wine & Dine Mysteries:
Fashion, Rosé & Foul Play – book #6
Witness at the Winery – book #7
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.
A great series!
A Sip Before Dying:
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.
Chocolate Covered Death:
Another great Emmy Oak story! In this one, a body is found at a function thrown by Emmy and Leah. Leah is the main suspect, due to the deceased being her ex-husband's new wife. Emmy and Ava don't believe Leah had anything to do with it, and get investigating to clear her name.
Emmy finds many suspects who could have easily committed the crime. She pushes people a little too much to get answers, which doesn't always work out well for her. Her nosiness also doesn't please Detective Grant.
This was a great read. I could not work out who the offender really was!
Victim in the Vineyard:
The Emmy Oak books are easy to read, fun stories. This time, Emmy is hosting a wine and food festival at her winery with a lot of vendors, and celebrity chefs doing demonstrations, when one of the chefs winds up dead. What's worse, is that no one that knew the deceased really seems to care that they're gone, and poor Jean Luc is the prime suspect!
Unfortunately, as well as Jean Luc being a suspect, this tragedy means a huge decline in the number of festival attendees. Emmy decides, as she usually does, to find out what really happened. Deaths at her winery aren't really great advertising, and she is adamant that Jean Luc had nothing to do with the death.
Emmy's nosiness doesn't always end well for her, and it seems the more people she talks to, the more twisted the mystery becomes. This was a great read!
Marriage, Merlot and Murder:
Another great Emmy story! Poor Emmy has some terrible luck with murders at her winery! In this story, Emmy is hosting a wedding, but the groom ends up dead. With a mountain of unpaid vendor bills for the wedding, she hunts down the father of the bride for payment, but discovers the groom wasn't well liked, and the murderer could be one of many people holding a grudge.
This is a fun series, I love Emmy's amateur sleuthing, and there were some funny (or frustrating?) moments with Grant in this one.
Death in Wine Country:
A new Emmy Oak story! Carrie, a famous friend of hers, hosts a housewarming party, with Emmy as caterer, and a woman ends up dead. The woman is a celebrity, too, and all signs seem to point to Carrie's husband as the killer. Emmy also suspects him, but she finds and sees things as the days go on that make her question her initial thoughts.
Emmy will always investigate a case like this, to help her friends (or herself, in some cases) but more often than not she just winds up in trouble.
This was another fun Emmy story, with the usual characters making appearances, and is a great addition to the series.