Thursday, May 21, 2020

Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver

Murder in the Wine Country

A Kelly Jackson Mystery

by Janet Finsilver

About Murder in the Wine Country

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (April 28, 2020)
Paperback: 178 pages
ISBN-10: 1516104277
ISBN-13: 978-1516104277

Weeding out killers wasn’t part of the job description . . .
Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is excited to participate in an event to raise awareness for the plight of struggling veterans in their Northern California coastal community. Local wineries are sponsoring tastings, and to prepare for a culinary competition, professional chefs will forage for wild edible greens. Kelly plans to come along, despite a warning to beware of poachers, who have been stealing the highly valued succulent Dudleya farinosa. The senior sleuths who call themselves the Silver Sentinels join forces with environmental activists known as the Succulent Saviors to thwart the poaching operation. When a consultant for the sale of a local winery is murdered, the poachers are suspected—but so is a wine merchant, Kelly's friend Phil. As Kelly and the Silver Sentinels attempt to root out the real killer, what she digs up might just put her permanently underground . . .
Dudleya farinosa
Dudleya farinosa

About the Author

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the A Kelly Jackson Mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Five books followed with her most recent release on April 28, 2020, of book six,  MURDER IN THE WINE COUNTRY.

Janet Finsilver and her husband reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys cooking, and a recent attempt to reduce the number of cookbooks in the cupboard wasn’t very successful. She’s an avid reader—of course!

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Dudleya farinosa (Bluff Lettuce) is a succulent plant, variable in appearance from drab to spectacular. It grows from a branching caudex...

My Thoughts

Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver takes us back to Red Cove, California.  Kelly Jackson, manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is participating in an event to raise awareness on the plight of veterans.  Kelly is looking forward the foraging expedition to look for edible greens.  She is surprised when the game warden advises them to go in pairs because of poachers making off with a rare succulent, Dudleya farinose.  The Silver Sentinels need a new project, so they begin looking into the poaching problem.  Before the events can begin, a friend of Phil’s, Eric Stapleton is killed.  Eric was acting as a consultant on the sale of the Sagatini Winery.  Everyone is shocked when Phil ends up at the top of the suspect list.  Kelly and the Silver Sentinels set out prove his innocence.  Murder in the Wine Country is the 6th A Kelly Jackson Mystery.  Each book in this charming series can be read on its own.  I like the variety of characters in this series especially the Silver Sentinels.  Tommy, Helen’s son, is a cutie who is full of energy.  The setting of Redwood Cove is just lovely.  The author’s vivid word imagery brings the setting to life.  I found Murder in the Wine Country to be well-written and engaging with the story moving along at a steady pace.  It was interesting learning about edible greens.  The chefs make some tasty dishes with their foraged ingredients.   I appreciate that the romance between Scott and Kelly moves along slowly.  The spend time together when they can, and they are taking their time getting to know each other.  The mystery had a couple of different components to it (which I loved). I liked that Kelly took a more active sleuthing role in this book. It is always entertaining following Kelly and the Silver Sentinels as they dig up clues and uncover the guilty party.  Murder in the Wine Country has a great conclusion that nicely wraps up the mysteries.  Murder in the Wine Country is a diverting cozy mystery with foraging for flora, wonderful wines, succulent stealers, valiant veterans, and a perplexing puzzle.
Fantastic Forage: Wild matsutake mushrooms -
Murder in the Wine Country is available at Amazon* and B&N.  You can find the other novels in A Kelly Jackson Mystery series hereMurder at Redwood Cove is the 1st book in A Kelly Jackson Mystery series and it is currently $2.99 at Amazon (sales can change quickly so double check the price before purchasing).  Thank you for reading my review today.  Tomorrow I am reviewing A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy.  I hope that you have a cheerful day.  Take care, stay safe and Happy Reading!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review. I really appreciate it! I'm glad you enjoyed the book.