Theodosia Browning has never considered herself a wine connoisseur - tea has always been her forte. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. But a sweet evening takes on a bitter aftertaste when a dead body is discovered in one of the wine barrels. The son of proprietor Jordan Knight has been murdered.
Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Knight turns to Theo for help. She’s heard through the grapevine that there are both family and business problems at Knighthall. They say in vino veritas, but everyone at the winery seems to be lying through their teeth. Sorting through the guest list as well as family and staff, Theo has her pick of suspects. It may look like the killer has her over a barrel, but cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.
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Southern book needs a better narrator
I would choose a narrator who, if choosing to do voices, does geographically relevant accents. This takes place in the South; the sensibility of the entire book is southern & the narrator's voice did not match. Generally, I like a quicker reading speed, which was present here; unfortunately, slightly slower might have suited the Southern ambiance. Very disappointed.
I've read all of Laura's books & enjoyed them - I don't jump on them quite as quickly any more, though, because they aren't catching me emotionally any more. It is possible that part of my problem with the narrator stemmed from the writing, too.
Not sure - my favorite narrator is Barbara Rosenblatt, but I think her voice would not be suitable. The voice needs to have a cultured Charleston SC accent - not too old, not too young, & yet be able to do the other voices, too.
Yes, although I think it might have been better to read it in book form.
Murder & Mayhem in a Winery!
- Cozy Reader