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Death, Dismay and Rosé–opportune timing

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Death, Dismay and Rosé

by J. C. Eaton

Norrie is a screenwriter and part owner of Two Witches Winery on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. She is counting the days until her sister returns from Costa Rica to take over the winery again and she can return to her lawyer boyfriend Bradley and her urban life.

Unfortunately, Norrie finds herself, yet again, in the middle of a murder she needs to solve to get a friend released from jail. The situation is not simple, however. Although Norrie is not superstitious, one of her staff members and lots of tourists are. Now Norrie has to deal with a local, two hundred year old curse that supposedly takes effect when a full moon and the summer solstice occur on the same night. The results could be deadly.

Neighboring winery owners Don and Theo and entomologist Godfrey are Norrie’s friends and are dragged reluctantly into her investigations which are not always legal and are sometimes dangerous. The clock is ticking as time draws near for the solstice to occur and for the local police to give up on their murder investigation. Will Norrie be able to solve the crime before another death occurs, Alex is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, some thieves get away with a stolen Porsche engine, or Norrie and Godfrey are arrested? So much is riding on her investigation. Fortunately, Norrie is both spunky and determined.

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Beyond the Page Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #6 in the Wine Trail Mystery Series, but OK as a standalone

Publication: September 29, 2020—Beyond the Page Publishing

Memorable Lines:

It’s never good when someone says they hope something doesn’t upset you, because inevitably, it will upset you. I held my breath and waited for her to continue.

“Do you have any idea what kind of danger you’re putting yourself in? And I don’t mean the skunk. The mess you’re getting into won’t be solved by a can of tomato juice and a hose!”

Funny how food can make people forget whatever else is on their minds, because for a brief respite, I found myself immersed in a whole other world…


  1. This sounds like a fun one Linda, I love the title!

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  2. A good review of an excellent book.

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  3. This sounds like a good but different storyline. I love the cover! Thank you for you review.

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  4. Carla says:

    Great review Linda. I really need to start this series. I like the idea that it is about a winery. I read that Amazon wouldn’t accept your review. I had Barnes & Noble say one of my reviews contained profanity and wouldn’t publis it. It was one of the character’s names and it was not profane. You never know. Glad to know this is a good series.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I like the J.C. Eaton writing team. I just think they do a great job. Thanks for sharing your B&N anecdote. It just goes to show that a computer is doing the filtering with no human backup. I guess with the number of reviews submitted every day they just don’t want to hire actual people to double check the computer’s work.

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