Wine & Dine Mysteries
A Sip Before Dying
Wine & Dine Mysteries book #1
The Oak Valley Vineyard has been in Emmy Oak's family for generations. So when the small Sonoma winery is suddenly in financial trouble and in danger of being gobbled up by the corporate giants, Emmy moves home to try to save her legacy with her modern culinary know-how. First step—she throws a party showcasing her latest vintage and signature tasty treats to a group of wine country's most elite enthusiasts. Only when one of her VIP guests sips a glass of poisoned wine and dies in her cellar, Emmy's name is on everyone lips for all the wrong reasons.
The victim was the young, boy-toy husband of one of Silicon Valley's most successful female CEOs... and his playboy ways and suspicious spending habits have almost no one mourning his death. Enter Detective Christopher Grant, recent SFPD transplant, who is assigned to the case and immediately homes in on Oak Valley. But Emmy is determined to clear her winery's name—even if Grant's dark eyes, sexy smile, and mysterious past threaten to distract her. After calling in the big guns to help her—a.k.a. her jewelry designer best friend and copious amounts of cookie dough ice cream—Emmy finds herself digging through a slew of suspects to uncover crimes, grudges, and secret affairs that could put a soap opera to shame. Can Emmy find out just which of the upper crust poisoned the victim's vintage...or will Emmy's next sip be her last?
Simple and delicious recipes and affordable wine pairings included!
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I’ve always enjoyed the
writing style and comfortable tone of Gemma novels and this one fits in perfectly. From the first page, the author pulled me in...when all was said and done, I enjoyed this delightfully engaging tale and I can’t wait to spend more time with Emmy, Ava and their friends.
- Dru's Book Musings
As a reader, writer,
copy editor, and reviewer, I rank A Sip Before Dying as one of my favorite fun reads. I say to Gemma Halliday, well done. She wrote a mystery that encompassed suspense flavored with romantic notions, while giving us a heroine to make us smile.
- The Book Breeze