The Party Planning Mystery Series #5
July 2012/ 978-0-451-23786-6
by Laura Hinds
Presley Parker has landed a great gig. She'll be handling a big
event in the heart of Napa Valley. The event, hosted by Rob and
Marie Christopher, is held at their winery, the Purple Grape. What
should be a fantastic evening is threatened by a neighbor, a green
activist, who is adamant that wineries are ruining the environment.
extra security hired, and her staff and boyfriend, Brad, are on
high alert, determined to keep JoAnne Douglas, the upset neighbor,
at bay. Joanne's group, the Green Grape Association will stop at
nothing to halt the growth of wineries in Napa Valley. What should
be the days of wine and roses for the Christophers shortly turns
into a nightmare when Joanne's lifeless body is found on their property.
This follows a very public confrontation with the Christophers and
all signs point to them as the murderers. Presley sets out to find
the truth before the real killer can strike again.
This is a well-crafted
mystery with an interesting plot. There are realistic characters
with their own story lines. I especially like how the illness of
Presley's mother is handled. Her mom suffers from Alzheimer's disease
and lives at a care facility. Yet she is still able to function
and Presley brings her along for the Purple Grape party. My own
mother had Alzheimer's disease, and I could relate to the concerns
Presley has and recognize the symptoms her mother presented.
I liked the
story very much, and will look forward to reading more of Presley's
adventures in the future. This series provides lessons about wine
without the need to imbibe. Highly recommended. Cheers!
other titles in this series
to Party with a Killer Vampire, No 4