Today’s featured book is Death in a Wine Dark Sea by Lisa King.
Why I chose this book:
Well, this is not Miss Marple. “Jean Applequist loved having sex on boats but had never managed it on this particular vessel.” That’s from the first line in Chapter 2 when we first meet our detective, an amateur sleuth / wine critic who uses her knowledge from reading mystery books to solve the crime. There are several twists and turns especially involving one of the main characters, but I won’t say what because I don’t want to give away the fun. If you’re looking for a different kind of protagonist in the amateur sleuth sub-genre, King may have written one just for you.
“Imagine a 32-year old Nancy Drew who’s seen a thing or two, has a sophisticated career as a wine magazine writer, is not interested in monogamy, and has the kind of sex appeal only an independent woman can possess.
Though she despises the groom, Jean Applequist boards an elegant yacht in San Francisco Bay for the wedding of her good friend Diane and wealthy real estate developer Martin Wingo. But things go terribly wrong: the evening ends in tragedy, not celebration when, after exchanging vows, Wingo disappears into the bay.
Diane asks Jean to investigate Martin’s murder out of fear that the police will uncover too many of his secrets. Jean agrees, but discovers it’s not easy to find out who killed a blackmailer and a womanizer. The list of potential suspects is long.
Joining forces with the young and geeky Zeppo, Martin’s former assistant and armed with the details of Martin’s operation, the two soon find themselves way ahead of the San Francisco homocide detectives, a dangerous place to be.
Their questioning of Martin’s victims elicits strong reactions, from fear to rage to attempted murder that endanger them both and force Jean to fight for her life – twice.”
“The brisk plot offers surprises even a seasoned reader won t see coming. Lively, well-drawn supporting characters add to the fun.” – Publishers Weekly
Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!
– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville