Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: Died on the Vine

            Today's review is on Died on the Vine by Joyce Harmon

Died on the Vine is a pleasantly, cozy mystery that is a welcome retreat on a chilly and rainy day. It's pace is quick enough that you could sit comfortably, sipping your tea or your wine, and finish it in one sitting. With likable characters and a surprising culprit, this book will have you guessing until the end.


Tech writer Cissy Rayburn and her retired bureaucrat husband Jack own a winery in rural Virginia. One day, notorious MIA chaser Obadiah Winslow shows up and tells Cissy that he believes that her first husband Jimmy, shot down and reported killed in Viet Nam, survived the crash and is still alive in a Vietnamese prison. Cissy mistrusts Winslow, who has a reputation as a crackpot; she doesn't believe him, but finds his visit disturbing.

Three days later, Cissy finds Winslow dead in the vineyard, stabbed with Jack's pruning shears. To the local sheriff, Jack has a good motive to eliminate Winslow. Can Cissy find the real killer before the sheriff arrests Jack?

I really enjoyed Died on the Vine, even though the copy I received did have quite a bit of mistakes. Along with Cissy and her friends, I couldn't figure out "who done it", and was surprised when the true murderer was revealed.

A truly cozy read.

3 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon


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