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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Pinot Red or Dead

Pinot Red or Dead?
(The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton

About the Book

Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (March 26, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108035
ISBN-13: 978-1516108039
Digital ASIN: B07F5XDH41

There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.
As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.
The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .

What I Thought:

This is the first book that I have read in this series, so far.  This was a fast paced story that grabbed my attention from the beginning.  Norrie is a screenwriter and "silent" partner in her family's Two Witches Winery business, but when her sister and brother-in-law go out of the country, Norrie has to take the reins.  When someone starts targeting Pinot Noir wines and when the owner of the company that distributes the wines is found murdered, Norrie has to put on her sleuth hat to figure out what is going on.  I enjoyed this mystery because there was more going on that just a murder.  I also enjoyed that it is set during the holiday season. The setting of the story was also charming and I liked the authors descriptions about the area.  Norrie was a great protagonist and a very persistent sleuth.  There were just enough twists and turns in this one to keep me guessing and turning the pages.  I look forward to more in this series and am definitely going to read the two I missed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Authors

Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) set for release in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at and
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is set for release in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.
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