Fans will find Lucie Montgomery, wine grower, hip-deep in yet another murder investigation, and this time the victim is a wine merchant who Lucie was not exactly fond of – Paul Noble. It’s when Lucie goes to visit him to talk about getting a better price for her wine, that she finds Paul hanging from a rafter in his barn. Under the body sits a bottle of Lucie’s very own sauvignon with an unusual wine glass beside it. At first, it’s thought to be a suicide by the authorities, but not for long.
While having dinner at the home of Charles, a friend, a conversation begins regarding an investigation into Charles’ past which includes Cold War research on humans. How does this affect the wine merchant’s death? Well, it seems that a small group known as the Mandrake Society, of which Paul was a member, are dying off one by one. And Charles asks Lucie to see if she can find out if the former owner of Rose Hill Vineyard was once a Mandrake member now using an alias.
Lucie, who’s going to California anyway to visit Rose Hill, reluctantly agrees to check up on the owner. But Quinn Santori, her sometime lover, is also there, and treats her to a romantic whirlwind tour of San Francisco, Sonoma and the Napa Valley while they join forces to investigate a very interesting situation. Soon, it comes to light that Paul’s death was not the only mysterious one connected to this strange society, but it just may hold the key to a cover-up, a murder and a really determined killer.
Anyone interested in the city of San Francisco and the wine country will absolutely love the descriptions and the history of winemaking in this novel. Readers will also love the romantic entanglement and the titillating mystery as they sit back, open up a bottle of wine, and enjoy this very fun story!
Until Next Time, Everybody,