Once Upon A Book – Charlee Rae's Book Reviews

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Ripe for Murder (Cypress Cove Mystery #2) by Carlene O’Neil

3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book as part of a First Reads Goodreads giveaway.

Penny Lively runs her family’s winery and deciding she needs to attract more guests, goes to a lavish resort to hear details about investing in a new train that runs through wine country. Unfortunately it’s during this stay that one of the investors’ wives is murdered and Chantal, who is her neighbor’s daughter, ends up as the prime suspect. It’s up to Penny to clear her name and find out who the real killer is.

I did not read the first story in this series, which luckily didn’t seem to matter too much as the author created enough of a background to catch you up to speed. I enjoyed the book for the most part and did enjoy the main character, my only criticism of her is that I did feel she accused everyone too quickly and came off a little too busy body. I get that she wants to find out who the killer is, but she pretty much was an open book in her sleuthing and I just felt she needed to be a little more discreet. The relationship between her and her winery manager and potential love interest, Connor, was a bit odd for me as well. Again, I didn’t read the first book which may have helped, but his character was pretty one dimensional in this particular story and I really didn’t know or learn anything about him other than the fact that she likes him and he is a runner. I got more details out of her friendship with Antonia and her dislike of Chantal than I did from her relationship with Connor. Aside from those things though, I did enjoy the story and there were enough potential suspects, both likable and dislikable, to keep you guessing. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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This entry was posted on March 1, 2016 by in Books I've read, Cozy Mystery.
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