Monday, November 6, 2017
Review: The Vineyard Victims
Title: The Vineyard Victims
Author: Ellen Crosby
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Recommended If You Like: the past coming back to haunt the present, strong female protagonists, wine facts
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
When Lucie witnesses the death by car crash of a former presidential candidate-in the same spot where her ex-boyfriend once brutally crashed their car-she is sure it wasn't an accident. But everyone else wants her to leave well enough alone.
Lucie, however, refuses to drop her inquiries. As she discovers a connection to a past crime, she finds herself in danger from someone who thought their crimes were buried long ago.
What I Liked:
I love mysteries about crimes from the past, and Crosby does a really good job of weaving in the past into the present. Clues come out as Lucie learns them, upping the tension and the mystery.
Lucie is a great main character and narrator. She is strong and stubborn, refusing to give in when others would have given up. Her relationship with her fiance Quinn is a pleasant happiness in the midst of murder.
The setting also becomes its own character, which is always something I enjoy. The town really comes alive.
Anything I Didn't Like?
The solution is a good one that fits with everything that came before, but the very last few pages of the book come across as a bit cliched and don't entirely seem to fit with what we have learned of Lucie's character in the previous pages.
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. I definitely would like to read the rest of the series at some point.