If you love food, wine, and mysteries, then the Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Mysteries by Nadia Gordon should be right up your alley. Sonya "Sunny" McCoskey is the chef-owner of Wildside, a lunch-only restaurant in St Helena. Since it's the Napa Valley, she is surrounded by characters whose business is the growing of or preparation of food, the making or selling of wine, and those that support the food and wine culture.
Besides running the restaurant, Sunny is cultivating a relationship with another chef, which adds drama and complications to all of the stories. While her delving into a variety of murders is the scaffold from which all the stories are hung, it is her relationships not only with her erstwhile beau, along with her sous chef/best friend, winemaker pal, and wineseller that round out the tales, bringing them to life.
Our library only had the first three titles of the series: Sharpshooter (2002), Death by the Glass (2003), and Murder Alfresco (2005), but happily, the Chicago Public Library has a copy of Lethal Vintage (2009), so I'll be checking that out very soon. It's just a shame that there are only 4 books in the series.
Grab a glass of wine and get transported to wine country, with some murder mystery fun along the way.
About the author: Julianne Balmain is a novelist and popular culture author whose many books about food, sex, travel, humor, and generally having a good time include the Kama Sutra Deck: 50 Ways to Love Your Lover and the very silly Office Kama Sutra: Being a Guide to Delectation and Delight in the Workplace, both of which have been translated into several languages. Writing as Nadia Gordon, she is author of the Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley mystery series.
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