Mimosa And Mystery: A Vineyard Winery Culinary Cozy Mystery (Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Book 3) by Christie Waters

Mimosa And Mystery: A Vineyard Winery Culinary Cozy Mystery (Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Book 3) by Christie Waters

Zara Myers, owner of the Chateau du Midnight Winery in beautiful Mendocino County, California is accompanying her boyfriend, Daniel Haddish of Glass Rose Vineyards, for a mini vacation to Bakersfield, California. Well, Daniel does have a business opportunity there but the couple hope to have some free time for a little romance.

Daniel hoped to go into business with Joseph Walker, owner of Walker Oranges, and Zara and Daniel were off to look at the orange groves.

When the couple arrived at the hotel Daniel twisted his ankle and Timmy, a very nice bellhop, helped them get to their rooms.

Eventually Daniel and Zara made it to Walker Oranges even though Daniel’s ankle was still a bit sore. The sweet orange smells from the grove soon turned sour when Joseph Walker found his son dead and to Daniel and Zara’s horror Joseph’s murdered son was none other than Timmy, the kind bellhop. Then the unthinkable happened and Joseph was also murdered and all this happened while Zara and Daniel were there.

This vacation/business trip was not going well and things got even stickier when out of nowhere Zara’s older half sister, Maria, knocked on Zara’s hotel room door telling Zara that she wanted part of the vineyard that Zara inherited from her grandfather. Maria threatened to sue Zara if she didn’t receive a check for half of what the vineyard was worth.

Oh, things were not going well at all. Daniel and Zara were told by the police not to leave the area, Daniel’s business deal was ruined, Zara might end up losing her vineyard, and Maria acted very suspicious when she heard about Timmy’s death. Now what are Zara and Daniel going to do? What else but do some investigating on their own. They’re pros at it at this point since they already helped solve two mysteries at Mendocino County. What have they got to lose now? Just a vineyard and maybe their lives.

“Mimosa And Mystery” is author Christie Waters’ novel in her Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery book series. I loved that Ms. Waters brought in a new person in Zara’s sister, Maria. The books needed a really terrible character that fans could despise. Murderers are despicable but nothing is as bad as a sister who wants to cheat her younger sibling. Yep, I definitely hated Maria and that was one reason that I wanted to get to the end of the book, to find out just what was going on with Zara’s older sibling.

The storyline got a little, shall I say, odd at one point when Zara was following a suspect during a concert and ended up in in a contest of sorts. This turn of events was strange but also rather funny. One thing about Ms. Waters’ novels is she tells you a lot about wines, fashion, murder, and lots of other things. She ties all the subjects in nicely with the plot so it’s all fun to read.

“Mimosa And Mystery” is a nice cozy filled with wine, romance, murder, friendship, and a few laughs. What more can you ask for for an enjoyable day of reading?

Pick up any one, or all three of the Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Series, open up a bottle of wine, put your feet up, and get involved in a good mystery.

“I received an ARC of this book prior to publication and I voluntarily reviewed it and my opinions are my own.”

To see other reviews of Christie Water’s books please go to Christie’s page on my blog.

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Last Day For Rose: A Vineyard Winery Culinary Cozy Mystery (Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Book 2) by Christie Waters

Zara Myers, owner of the Chateau du Midnight Winery in beautiful Mendocino County, California is excited about the County Annual Stompfest, the upcoming event her winery will be holding. Picture the great “I Love Lucy” episode with Lucy stomping on grapes. Zara can hardly wait for the public to join in on the fun and she and her best friend/winery assistant, Shelly Barker, are both going out of their way to collect only the best grapes for people to stomp on.

Shelly is also excited because her brother, Matthew Albright, will be coming in from San Bernardino to do a story on the fest for the magazine he writes for. Matthew moved to San Bernardino a few years earlier after a bad break up he had with his, now ex girlfriend, Emma Hart. He will be staying in Zara’s guest house.

Matthew makes his appearance a bit late but both Shelly and Zara are thrilled to see him. The happy visit soon take a terrible turn when Matthew’s ex, Emma Hart, is found murdered. Soon reports come out that before her death Emma was seen with her former boyfriend, Matthew.

Matthew swears he had nothing to do with the woman’s demise but the police think he’s the perfect suspect. They go Zara’s winery to take him in for questioning but before the police get to him he runs into the guest house and gives Zara a small box. He makes her promise to keep it safe and not to tell anyone about it even his sister, Shelly. Zara doesn’t want to hide information from the police and especially from her best friend Shelly but she feels that she has to hide the box as Matthew requested.

Before too long, Zara, Shelly, and Zara’s boyfriend, Daniel Haddish of Glass Rose Vineyards, discover some information. It seems like Emma was seen with another man just before her death and there is a tape proving it. Then when this man is spotted at the Stompfest Daniel recognizes him as his friend, Jason Hendricks. But Daniel is sure that Jason couldn’t have killed the woman because he was at sea when the murder happened.

Making things a little more complicated is that Emma used to work for the Mayor’s wife’s sister and the Mayor’s wife, Debbie Benz, is suddenly acting very odd.

Shelly also received an email telling her that she could get information that will help her brother if she meets with someone.

Well, the only thing to do is for Zara, Shelly, and Daniel to do their own investigating to find out what is going on. Why was Matthew late in getting to the winey? Was he killing his ex, Emma? Was Jason really at sea during the time of the murder? What is in the box that Matthew begged Zara not to tell anyone about? And is Mayor Benz’s wife and sister-in-law somehow involved with the murder?

Too many questions to be answered but the three friends will help solve the case, somehow.

“Last Day For Rose” is author Christie Water’s second installment of her new Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Series. This book is better than the first with a good, solid mystery, and twists and turns. Readers once again learn about different wines and grapes and how running a winery works. Ms. Waters has done a good job in finding her writing stride here.

The characters are likeable and learning about all the events the winery has to do to get people to  visit are something I never even considered.

Do not miss this series if you like cozies, wine, and California. It’s easy to read, non violent, and a great book for everyone.

“I received an ARC of this book prior to publication and I voluntarily review it and my opinions are my own.”

To see other reviews of Christie Water’s books please go to Christie’s page on my blog.

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Murder Before Moscato: A Vineyard Winery Culinary Cozy Mystery (Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Christie Waters

Murder Before Moscato: A Vineyard Winery Culinary Cozy Mystery (Midnight Winery Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Christie Waters

Ah, the warm Northern California days, the beautiful evenings in Mendocino County, a cool breeze, a little wine, what could possibly go wrong with Zara Myers life? She recently inherited her grandfather’s winery, Chateau de Midnight, her close friend, Shelly Barker, works in the winery, and Zara will be hosting the annual Coastal California Wine Tasting Club Contest during the spring wine festival. Zara and Shelly were having fun trying to find the best wine to submit. Life was good. What could possibly go wrong? Famous last words.

A few months earlier a representative from Clideworth Inc. wanted Zara to turn over her wine business to them, which sh would be paid handsomely for. Some of her wine neighbors had already taken their offer. Zara did not want to lose everything just for the cash. Her grandfather would not have done that and she won’t either.

Now Zara is visited by Daniel Haddish of Glass Rose Vineyards just a few miles down the road. He wanted to know about the contest. Zara had no idea what to say since she thought the Club was handling all the details. Daniel got angry at her and said it was her responsibility not the Club’s and she should have known that before she offered to host the event. But Zara never offered to host it she was basically told that she would have the honor of doing it. What was going on?

Daniel told her to get her act together because the other winery’s would want to know more about the contest too. Before Daniel left her gave her a bottle of his winery’s vintage dark moscato but Zara was not impressed with the rude man and left the wine in the tasting room.

Okay, so far the day wasn’t going too well but nothing really terrible … yet.

An elderly man then came into the winery and was very particular in what wine he wanted. Shelly told Zara that she would help the man make a wine choice. Zara went into the back room. A short time later Shelly came into the room telling Zara that the gentleman was still trying to make a choice. When Shelly went back to the tasting room she found the man lying dead on the floor, like he’d been poisoned by a wine he was sampling!

The day went from being not great to just terrible. A big conglomerate was trying to buy Zara out, she had no idea what she had to do to host the wine tasting event, and now a man died seemling because he drank one of her wines. And now the police were all over the place? Would she become a suspect? Would her winery still host the wine tasting event? WIll her winery be closed because no one would want to drink a wine from her grapes? Would she ultimately have to sell? This is not what she hoped for when she moved back to California.

But things are pretty suspicious to Zara so she and Shelly do a little snooping of their own. First of all, were was that bottle of wine that Daniel Haddish of Glass Rose Vineyards left her? Neither she nor Shelly could find it. Did the older man drink that bottle? Was Clideworth Inc. doing something to her grapes to force her to sign over her winery to them? Was Daniel and his surly sister somehow involved? Were the other wineries sabotaging things because she was chosen to host the wine tasting event? Something very odd and weird was going on in Mendocino County and Zara Meyers and Shelly Barker were somehow going to get to the bottom of it.

Murder Before Moscato” is the first in author Christie Water’s  Vineyard Winery Culinary Cozy Mystery Series. It’s a nice shot at a first novel. There’s a murder, lots of wine talk, some suspicious characters, some good guys, and a perfect cozy protagonist who will not let things stop her from getting to the truth in a murder investigation especially if she‘s doing the investigating.

The book could be a tad longer and maybe more could be given in the plot. There were times I felt like Ms. Waters didn’t put in enough information about what was going on. But the author knows her wines and for a non drinker like me, I did learn quite a bit about grapes, wines, and the business. Maybe if the author focused on the plot like she focused on her knowledge of wine the murder/mystery would have been a little clearer.

Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Before Moscato” and will continue to read this series. For a first in a new cozy series the novel was terrific and I do believe that all cozy-lovers will adore reading about Zara and her winery.

“I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.”

To see other reviews of Christie Water’s books please go to Christie’s page on my blog.

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