Title: Sauvigone for Good
Author: J.C. Eaton
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Page Count: 221
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Can Norrie stop a murderer’s reign of terror?
The descent of winter on the Finger Lakes means it’s time for the Wine Trail Association’s Chocolate and Wine Extravaganza. Unfortunately, for screenwriter-turned-reluctant vintner, Norrie Ellington, her Two Witches Winery is co-hosting the festivities. Norrie’s duties include wrangling the three international chocolatiers featured at the event—bitter rivals and industry influencers who can make or break Two Witches.
But the heated competition among the celebrity confectioners soon spills out of the professional arena, and before the Extravaganza is over, one of the cocoa pros is dead, last seen sipping a Two Witches’ Cabernet Sauvignon. With spirits souring at the Extravaganza and her winery on the line, Norrie must hustle to find the uncorked killer before Two Witches’ reputation is crushed once and for all.
Sauvigone for Good by J.C. Eaton is the fourth book in the cozy The Wine Trail Mysteries series. Each book of this series has it’s own mystery that will be solved within so they could be read as a standalone or out of order. However, for those following from the beginning there is character development that carries over from book to book.
This series began with Norrie Ellington having been asked to return home to upstate New York by her sister to oversee the family business, Two Witches Winery. Norrie’s sister and her brother in law had been given a grant to study a species of insect in Costa Rica for a next year and while Norrie had made her life in New York City she would be able to continue her job as a successful screenwriter anywhere.
Who knew however that returning home to the winery would bring Norrie face to face with so many murders in their normally quiet area though. This time around one of the celebrity chocolatiers that are in town for the Wine Trail Association’s Chocolate and Wine Extravaganza is killed with the last thing they were seen with was one of Two Witches Winery’s glasses.
The husband and wife writing team that make up J.C. Eaton quickly rose to the top of my favorite for cozies having not only this series but another that I’ve been following. Each book has that quirky fun that I enjoy so much in a cozy with likable characters and lovely settings. If you like a few laughs, some general craziness along with a solid mystery then I’d recommend giving this series a try.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp who reside in Arizona.
Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at: http://www.jceatonauthor.com and http://www.timetravelmysteries.com
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is his first novel. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching. Visit the website at http://www.jceatonauthor.com
BOOKED 4 MURDER, the first novel in the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series, took first place in the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the Cozy Mystery Category.