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The Merlot Murders

(2006)
(The first book in the Wine Country Mystery series)
A novel by

 
A phone call at two thirty in the morning is never good news. Lucie Montgomery's semiestranged brother, Eli, calls her in France to tell her their father, Leland, has been killed in a hunting accident on the family's five-hundred-acre Virginia vineyard just as the fall harvest is about to begin. By the time he calls, Eli has already made funeral arrangements with what Lucie argues is indecent haste.

It is an emotional trip home -- the first since an automobile accident two years ago, which left Lucie disabled and dependent on a cane. Her family's once elegant home and winery are now shabby and run-down, thanks to her father's penchant for fringy business deals. Eli, also cash-strapped and desperate to support his new wife's extravagant lifestyle, has already convinced their rebellious younger sister, Mia, to sell the debt-ridden estate and reap the profits from the valuable land it sits on, overruling Lucie's protests.

On the eve of the funeral Lucie's godfather, Fitz, a partner in the family business, tells her Leland's death was no accident. Whoever killed him was motivated by the potential sale of the vineyard. It is the last conversation she will have with Fitz. Now the lone holdout preventing the vineyard sale, Lucie realizes she's next in line for another "accident." With her greedy brother, hell-raising sister, and a seemingly cut-rate vintner hired by Leland just before he died, all the suspects are disturbingly close to home. Unsure whom she can trust, Lucie must uncover the truth about the deaths of her father and godfather -- and oversee a successful harvest to save the vineyard she loves.

Set in the historic heart of Virginia's horse and hunt country, The Merlot Murders is filled with fascinating detail about the science and alchemy of wine making.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

November 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Merlot Murders
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
ISBN: 0-7862-9068-4 / 978-0-7862-9068-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: The Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery (Wine Country Mysteries)
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
ISBN: 0-7432-8990-0 / 978-0-7432-8990-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

November 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery (Wine Country Mysteries)
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
ISBN: 1-5011-0765-8 / 978-1-5011-0765-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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July 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Merlot Murders ((Wine Country Mysteries, Book 1)
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
ISBN: 1-4165-3604-3 / 978-1-4165-3604-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Audio Editions

March 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

September 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Merlot Murders (Wine Country Mysteries)
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
ISBN: 0-7927-4525-6 / 978-0-7927-4525-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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Kindle Editions

August 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Scribner
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August 2006 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Merlot Murders: A Wine Country Mystery (Wine Country Mysteries)
Author(s): Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   



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