Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ripe for Murder by Carlene O’Neil {+ Giveaway}


What starts out as an exploratory train tour through wine country ends in murder in Carlene O’Neil’s RIPE FOR MURDER.

Looking to draw in more guests to her family’s winery, Penny Lively joins a group of vineyard owners and investors on a proposed train tour. Also along on the trip is her neighbor, Antonia, and her daughter, Chantal. It doesn’t take Chantal long to stir up trouble between her flirting and speaking her mind.

When one of the investors’ wives is discovered murdered, everyone remembers her and Chantal having a fight earlier. Penny knows Chantal may be many things, but she’s not a killer. While the police focus on Chantal, Penny searches to find the real killer. There’s a lot of secrets to uncork before Penny comes face to face with the killer.

With lush descriptions and vivid details, the author creates an inviting setting for readers to get lost in. As readers become a part of the wine country experience, the author blends in mystery, suspense and intrigue.

The characters are well-developed with a good mix of quirky and sensible. Penny is a strong protagonist with weaknesses that makes her likable and laughable at times.

The story flows steady and some twists will keep you guessing. The action will hold your attention.

RIPE FOR MURDER is the second installment in O’Neil’s Cypress Cove Mystery series, but can be read on its own. This tantalizing tale will have you smiling at times as you try to solve the case before Penny. An entertaining story set against a charming backdrop with a cast of interesting characters you’ll enjoy.

Ripe for Murder by Carlene O’Neil, A Cypress Cove Mystery (Book #2), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425274026, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of RIPE FOR MURDER by Carlene O’Neil to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, March 23.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever been on a train tour through wine country? Have you ever taken a tour of a winery?

21 comments:

  1. I have indeed done not one, but several wine tours. And loved them.
    This book sounds like fun too - thank you.

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  2. I've never taken a wine tour but I love riding on trains~!

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  3. A winery - great location. And wine tours are fun.

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  4. I have always wanted to go on one of those tours.

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  5. I think I would love to go on a train tour of wine country, if I had the chance.

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  6. I have not done either, though I do like train travel. This book sounds fun.

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  7. This sounds like a fun series. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance

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  8. I like the setting for this one very much, Mason! I've taken a train tour of California's Napa wine country, and it's a great context for a murder mystery!

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  9. I've never taken a tour of a winery, but we did tour the Jack Daniels distillery...it's in a dry county, so no tastings. I think that's supposed to be the best part of touring a winery. I didn't want to taste whiskey, though, so I didn't really mind that there were no tastings!

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  10. I love the wine theme to the story, thanks for the chance :)

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  11. I love anything to do with wine and vineyards.

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  12. This sounds real good thanks for the review.
    Penney

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  13. I've never been on a wine tour but I certainly would love to read this book!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  14. Trains and wine. A tantalizing combination.
    Libby

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  15. Trains and wine. A tantalizing combination.
    Libby

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  16. I really need to get started on this series, I love the setting and have heard many good things about it.

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  17. Sounds like a fun holiday read.

    I've never been to a winery.

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  18. This cozy mystery is intriguing and unique. Thanks.

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  19. I've never read any books by this author. I would love to start with this one. Thank you!

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  20. I have not done either but would love to take a train tour!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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