The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby

The Sauvignon Secret
By Ellen Crosby

Scribner, $24.00

Publisher's synopsis:  WHEN LUCIE MONTGOMERY FINDS the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Noble's murky past. Once a member of the secretive Mandrake Society, Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research.

A seemingly innocent favor for an old friend of her French grandfather sends Lucie to California, where she teams up with Quinn Santori, who walked out of Lucie's life months earlier. Soon Lucie and Quinn are embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game that takes them from glittering San Francisco to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and back home to Virginia, as they try to discover whether a killer may be seeking vengeance for the long-ago deaths. As Lucie and Quinn struggle to uncover the past, they must also decide whether they have a future together. Blending an intriguing mystery with an absorbing plot, vivid characters, and a richly evoked setting, The Sauvignon Secretshould be savored like a glass of fine wine. 

My thoughts about The Sauvignon Secret: A Wine Country Mystery: to put it simply, this is a fun read!  I liked it!  I had not read any of Ellen Crosby's books before this one, but I am changing that fact quickly!  I'll be reading more of Crosby's Lucie and Quinn books soon.  Why did I like it so much? I thought Crosby did an excellent job in moving her characters from the comfort of their world in Virginia and immersing them all into unfamiliar territory, a place that happens to be one of my favorite areas of the world!  California's wine country! I liked the plot and loved the tie in with her secret, old Mandrake Society.  I usually love to read stories that span generations in time, yet have a place in today's world. Also, I just flat out like her characters!

Crosby's characters are all richly drawn so the reader has a clear understanding of who and what the characters are. Even for someone like me, jumping into the series head first, into the sixth book, I was quickly drawn into the plot as there's nothing like a dead body next to a wine bottle to start a mystery off right!  Crosby's writing is sharp and measured for most of the book. My little issue was that I thought a bit of the book, towards the ending, was a bit long. I though it could have been edited down a bit.

I found it easy to get into Lucie and Quinn's world and felt at ease there because of the tightly woven plot lines that Crosby used in telling this story. And that's really what it's all about. I liked the story,  I wanted to find out what happened and why. Pretty simple stuff. but too many authors miss that point.  This author didn't. Nope, not at all.  This is good right down to the last drop...errr page.

I give it a big old 3 1/2 stars!

This e-galley was provided to me at my request by the publisher, and in no way did it affect my review.

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