Thursday, May 17, 2012

Died on the Vine by Joyce Harmon

Genre:  Adult Mystery

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Tech writer Cissy Rayburn and her retired bureaucrat husband Jack own a winery in rural Virginia. One day, notorious MIA chaser Obadiah Winslow shows up and tells Cissy that he believes that her first husband Jimmy, shot down and reported killed in Viet Nam, survived the crash and is still alive in a Vietnamese prison. Cissy mistrusts Winslow, who has a reputation as a crackpot; she doesn't believe him, but finds his visit disturbing.

Three days later, Cissy finds Winslow dead in the vineyard, stabbed with Jack's pruning shears. To the local sheriff, Jack has a good motive to eliminate Winslow. Can Cissy find the real killer before the sheriff arrests Jack?

A classic who-dunnit mystery.  Set in Virginia, we have a mystery man visiting Cissy and Jack's winery claiming that Cissy's first, late husband is alive.  There are quite a few references to the Vietnamese war in this book, so be ready.  A few days later, Cissy finds this mystery man dead in her vineyard, and the easiest suspects to pin his murder on would be her and her husband.  So what else do you do besides become an amateur detective?

Did I enjoy this read?  Yes, there were a lot of twists and turns, a lot of humor, and everything was answered in the end.  This is probably the first book that I've read this year that actually has a solid ending without leaving unanswered questions.

Who would I say needs to read this?  People who enjoy a good, light-hearted mystery.  It's something you can pick up one lazy Sunday afternoon to read.

Sidenote on the cover:  After reading the book, I absolutely love the cover.  It's perfect!

Thanks goes to Joyce Harmon for providing me with a review copy.

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