THE RIESLING RETRIBUTION
Crosby's latest Wine Country mystery is
a sophisticated story with a flawed but highly determined protagonist who intrigues. The descriptions of Virginia wine country and the many facets of winemaking will hook readers. Likewise, the history element nicely complements the mystery, and the romance is equally well done.
When a tornado unearths skeletal remains in Lucie Montgomery's vineyards, suspicion points to her dead father, especially after the skeleton is identified as that of one of his old business associates. Believing him innocent, Lucie investigates the circumstances that led to the man's death.
Meanwhile, there are tensions at the vineyard. Longtime winemaker and love interest Quinn Santori is feuding with Lucie's new farm manager. If that weren't enough, a group of Civil War re-enactors are using the grounds to stage the Battle of Ball's Bluff, which proves highly entertaining -- until someone is shot with live ammunition. There's nary a dull moment as Lucie also tries to stop the strange accidents that are plaguing her beloved vineyard. (SCRIBNER, Aug., 272 pp., $25.00)