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.”
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