Penny Lively runs Joyeux Winery that she inherited from her aunt Connor used to run the winery with Penny s aunt and now he runs it with Penny Penny is asked to look into investing in a train line t
Penny Lively runs Joyeux Winery that she inherited from her aunt. Connor used to run the winery with Penny's aunt and now he runs it with Penny. Penny is asked to look into investing in a train line that runs through wine country hoping to bring more business to her winery. Penny and Connor, along with her neighbor Antonia who has a very large and successful winery and her daughter Chantal, take a trip to listen to what the train line has to offer. Penny and Chantal have had some problems with each other in the past, but her presence won't deter Penny from enjoying her trip. Several other potential investors are invited as well, and they all meet, spend time on the train, and stay at the local hotel. When one of the potential investor's wives meets her untimely death, Chantal is accused of being the murderer. Even though they have a rocky relationship, Penny knows deep down Chantal did not commit the murder. With the help of Connor and Antonia, who wants her daughter's name cleared, Penny seeks to find the real culprit. This is a wonderful book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this series. I received an ARC of this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.Bestseller Ripe for Murder Creat Carlene O'Neil is a Book From the author of One Foot in the Grape a new full bodied Cypress Cove mystery that is certain to delight, even if one wine lover is about to expire Penny Lively loves running her family s winery, but to keep business growing, she needs to find a way to attract guests When she s approached to invest in a new train line through wine country, Penny and her intoxicatinFrom the author of One Foot in the Grape a new full bodied Cypress Cove mystery that is certain to delight, even if one wine lover is about to expire Penny Lively loves running her family s winery, but to keep business growing, she needs to find a way to attract guests When she s approached to invest in a new train line through wine country, Penny and her intoxicating winery manager, Connor, hightail it to a lavish resort to hear the details Unfortunately, her neighbor s daughter, Chantal, is also there, swirling up trouble by flirting with the married investors and with Connor too When one of the investors wives is murdered, Chantal, who was seen fighting with the woman, is the prime suspect Chantal may be a sour grape, but she s no killer So Penny, who s become a sleuthing connoisseur, starts sniffing out the real suspect and discovers that her fellow potential investors have been savoring than their share of deadly secrets. Carlene O Neil grew up in the heart of Northern California Wine Country and is accredited by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust A former television writer, she currently makes her home outside Los Angeles, where she can be found sailing in the Santa Monica Bay or doing research for her next novel.Clearly, any novel set in wine country requires extensive research One Foot in the Grape is her debut novel, coming out in spring 2015 from Berkley Prime Crime Visit her online at Facebook, Twitter and Google. Bestseller Book Ripe for Murder Perfect for any wine connoisseur, just not for me Joyeux Winery is a family run winery that is run by Penny Lively. She needs to think of something fast if she wants to keep business booming so she decides to think about investing in a new train line that will run along her winery and her neighbor's and distant relative, Antonia's winery and many others.Connor manages Joyeux Winery and there's a unrequited love between Penny and Connor. Penny is not to eager to share her love for him but he joins her on a trip to a posh resort and spa for a overnight tripe to find out more about the train line that will also be a shoe in to bring in more tourists to the wineries. Penny is not to pleased that Antonia's Daughter, Chantal who stole one of Penny's boyfriends in high school is making a mockery of herself and throwing herself all over married investors and she also has the hots for Connor but she does have a great eye for the business of her own mother's winery. Chantal becomes the number one suspect when a passenger of the train who just happens to be a investors wife is murdered. Chantal needs for Penny to read between the wine's when she agrees to investigate to find the real murderer and she discovered that one of the investors has a taste for more than the wine, they have a taste for blood. I'm all in favor of the unrequited romance between Penny and Connor, I have had a few of them in my lifetime which I related too. Ripe for murder had no shortage of tension and thrills and no shortage of a possible murderer. That being said, I found the story line lacking and not as action packed as I would have liked. There were one too many investors for me to keep track of and not very interesting besides the killer and not very engaging. Penny and Antonia's friendship and work ethic shined though out the whole story and it would make a perfect read for any wine connoisseur and mystery fan.