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THE CHARDONNAY CHARADE
by Ellen Crosby

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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In this sequel to last year's The Merlot Murders, Crosby again combines a picturesque setting with some complex and interesting characters, which immediately pull the reader into the story. The wonderful blend of Virginia wine country history, romantic and family tensions, along with the mystery, will keep readers turning the pages.

After an unexpected late-
May frost threatens to kill her winery business if the grapes freeze, Lucie Montgomery is horrified to discover Georgia Greenwood, a controversial local political candidate, dead in her fields. When Georgia's husband, Ross, a dedicated doctor and Lucie's close friend, immediately comes under suspicion, Lucie staunchly defends him.

Then one of Lucie's workers is found dead, an apparent suicide, with a note about Georgia, and the case is quickly wrapped up. But Lucie thinks something isn't right. With romantic and family problems distracting her, will she figure out this game of charades before someone gets away with murder? (SCRIBNER, Aug., 272 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Sandra Garcia-Myers

Publisher: Scribner

Published: August 2007

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