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A Riesling to Die

(The Wine Trail Mysteries #1)

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A deadly search for sour grapes . . .

Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter living in New York City. She’s also been a silent partner for her family’s winery upstate—until her sister and brother-in-law take a year-long sabbatical. With an experienced staff doing the work, Norrie figures Two Witches Winery will run itself while she enjoys the countryside and writes i
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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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Carrie
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Riesling to Die by J.C. Eaton is the first book in the new cozy The Wine Trail Mysteries series. Norrie Ellington has been asked to return home to upstate New York by her sister to oversee the family business, Two Witches Winery. Norrie’s sister and her brother in law have been given a grant to study a species of insect in Costa Rica for the next year and while Norrie has made her life in New York City she would be able to continue her job as a successful screenwriter anywhere.

While she’s a si
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Tari
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by this author, also known as husband and wife writing team of Ann Goldfarb and Jim Clapp, but it definitely won't be my last. I'm going to start their other series very soon! I really loved this book and all the diverse and sometimes quirky characters. There were twists and turns throughout and I definitely didn't guess this killer.

Norrie Ellington was part owner of a winery in the Finger Lakes region of NY, but her day job was living in the city and writing sc
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Patrizia
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stelle e mezza
Altro buon debutto, ma non ne dubitavo visto che già apprezzavo l'altra serie di questo autore (in realtà, credo che sia il nom de plume di una coppia sposata...). L'inizio mi ha subito conquistata e le investigazioni della protagonista, a parte il folle piano che a un certo punto mette in moto, mi hanno fatto dubitare di tutti, o quasi. In realtà, ben presto avevo trovato sospetto colui che poi è risultato colpevole, ma ciò non ha inficiato il piacere della lettura. Il secondo l
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Linda
If I were in upstate New York touring wineries, Two Witches Winery would be one of my stops. The cozy ambiance of the tasting room calls to visitors to sit, sip, and savor samples before making their take-home selections. Protagonist Norris Ellington is actually a successful screenwriter who’s come to oversee the winery while her sister and brother-in-law travel to Costa Rica for a year. Norrie’s inner Nancy Drew kicks in fast when the body of a querulous Bed and Breakfast owner turns up dead in ...more
Glen
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, mystery
A nice little cozy set in wine country of upstate New York.

Screen writer is forced to take over the family winery, even though she wants to stay in Manhattan, and live the Sex in The City lifestyle. She meets the quirky neighbors, and the obnoxious one is killed. Our plucky heroine tries to solve the mystery.

Nothing special, but not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Peggy R
This is the first in a new series for author team J.C. Eaton. I have not previously read anything by these authors and the synopsis on this books sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. I liked Norrie for the most part. She is a bit overwhelmed with trying to oversee her family's vineyard and continue her own job as a screenplay writer. She has a good personality and at first was hesitant to investigate the murder the occurred in her vineyards on her own. She quickly gets into sleuthi ...more
Lisa Morin
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review fluctuates between 3.50 & 3.75.
I really wanted to like it a lot more than I did.
The main character had too much happening to really get to know her.
It seemed like things went to smoothly, there weren't as many twists and turns that I'd hoped for.

I would consider reading another book to give myself a second chance to get more familiar with the author's style.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
JoAn
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
A Riesling to Die by J.C. Eaton was a easy cozy mystery that captured my attention from the first.

Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter and a silent partner in her family's winery. Normally the winery is run by her sister and husband but they are off to Costa Rica for a year and Norrie is guilted into overseeing the winery while they are gone. I liked Norrie although she often struck me as being easily overwhelmed and jumps to conclusions while sleuthing. J. C. Eaton does a fabulous job
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Fred
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Riesling To Die is the first book in The Wine Trail Mysteries series.

Norrie Ellington, a successful screenwriter, has reluctantly agreed to manage the families winery, when her sister, Francine, tells her that she and her husband Josh are going to research a rare bug in the wilds of Costa Rica. Norrie has been a “silent” partner and is somewhat familiar with the day to day operation and has started visiting the workers, many of she knows and is busy meeting the new ones. As she is talking with
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RO G'ma
A Riesling to Die is the debut book in J.C. Eaton’s (the husband and wife writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp) The Wine Trail Mysteries series. The story flowed smoothly with a steadily paced plot, twists and turns, and a well-developed cast of characters. A few of the eccentric characters, a Nigerian Dwarf goat named Alvin and a Brindle Plott Hound named Charlie add humorous moments to this whodunit.

Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter living in Manhattan, New York and a
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Kristen
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
In J.C. Eaton's A Riesling to Die For, the first installment in the Wine Trail Mysteries Culinary cozy series, this debut new cozy series will knock you socks off and leave you begging for more. For Norrie Ellington, she's a screenplay writer for the Hallmark Channel. When her sister wants her to oversee the Two Witches Winery for her, while she's away in Costa Rica for a year with her husband Jason, Norrie wasn't sure and then decided to give her a helping hand. As she learned the lay of the vi ...more
Kristina
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A Riesling to Die is the first novel in The Wine Trail Mysteries. Norrie Ellington, a screenwriter, has reluctantly agreed to oversee the Two Witches Vineyard, in which she is a co-owner, for a year while her sister and her husband go off to Costa Rica on a research trip. Norrie believes that with the experienced winery staff, her role will be minimal which will leave her plenty of quiet time to write. The day after Francine and Jason leave the local crank is found dead in the new Riesling vines ...more
Betty
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, e-books, arc, animals, crafts
The cover will draw you into the book of a new series. Both animals in the cover, Charlie, a mix breed dog and Alvin, a goat are secondary characters in the book. The characters are well developed and the descriptions of the area will place you there.
Norie Ellington, a screenwriter has agreed to take over the family vineyard in Penn San, New York for a year. Upon arrival, Norie meets Elsbeth Waters an owner of a local B&B who complains repeatedly about the vineyards noise. Later Elsbeth's b
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Brenda
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Riesling to Die is the debut of The Wine Trail Mysteries series set in the upstate New York town of Penn Yan and featuring screenwriter Norrie Ellington. When her older sister, Francine, lays down a guilt trip and asks Norrie to come oversee the family winery, Two Witches so that she can accompany her husband, Jason, to Costa Rica on a scientific research grant, Norrie reluctantly caves in. With a full staff working at the winery Norrie won't really have to do anything but watch the grapes gro ...more
Jeanie
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting first-in-series that taught me something new - I had no idea that there were vineyards and wineries in New York! While the characters were not my all-time favorites, they were each uniquely able to add something to the mix. The multi-tiered mystery is well written and one that I couldn't quite solve no matter how I tried.

I think my disappointment was with the protagonist, who made choices in an attempt to solve a mystery that were not quite what I might have chosen that c
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Linda Baker
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, netgalley
review to come
Cris
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
First in a new series set in the Finger Lakes wine region in New York. Interesting story and evocative setting. If you're a wine lover, you'll enjoy this!
Book
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Interesting debut for the Wine Trail Mystery series…

The story starts with screen writer Norrie Ellington agreeing to take over management of the family business, Two Witches Winery, while her sister and brother-in-law move to Costa Rica for a year. The set-up is good, the threads of the mystery become visible at a reasonable pace. Characters are introduced, relationships established. The owner of a B & B is found murdered on the vineyard’s grounds and Norrie’s sleuthing begins, abetted by Do
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Paula
I LOVED this book. (I rate books within categories so this was a 4 out of 5 mystery and almost nothing gets a 5.) It was sweet and friendly. I liked the characters and the town's personality. I didn't guess whodunit till pretty close to the end (and I'm really good at guessing whodunit).

I'm waiting for the next one, a chardonnay this time, but in the meantime I'm checking out one of her other series.

P.S. This isn't my best review but I read a while ago and just realized that it's proper etiquet
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OpenBookSociety.com
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeanie
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A Riesling to Die
The Wine Trail Mysteries #1
By J. C. Eaton
ISBN 978516107988
jceatonauthor.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie

Synopsis:

Norrie Ellington is a successful screenwriter living in New York City. She’s also been a silent partner for her family’s winery upstate—until her sister and brother-in-law take a year-long sabbatical. With an experienced staff doing the work, Norrie figures Two Witches Winery will run itself while she enjoys the country
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
When Norrie Ellington is begged by her sister Francine to come and take care of their family's winery while she spends a year in Costa Rica with her husband, who has a research grant, Norrie reluctantly agrees. While she's apprehensive about running the winery she couldn't wait to escape from in the first place, she's soon reassured that the staff is well-versed in the day-to-day operations and all she has to do is oversee things and write the monthly checks.

But unfortunately things don't happen
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Dez Nemec
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, ng-2018
This is the first of the Wine Trail Mysteries. Having read Eaton's 2 Sophie Kimbell mysteries, I was anxious to read this one.

Norrie has reluctantly agreed to oversee the family winery while her sister and brother-in-law take a year to go to Costa Rica to study bugs. Almost upon her arrival, Norrie meets the extremely unpleasant Elsbeth Waters. She's the owner of a B&B down the road, and a royal pain in the butt to business owners all over the area. Less than 24 hours after Norrie is left al
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Debra Jo Burnette
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by J. C. Eaton and now I am hooked. I had no expectations going into this book as I received it from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I was beyond pleasantly surprised. Eaton combines the picturesque vineyard scene with humor, wit, and of course, murder. The characters were likeable and relatable. Don and Theo were by far my favorites, I want to hang out with them.

Norrie Ellington is a screenwriter living in NYC as well as a silent partner in her family's upstate
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Mary
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first in the Wine Trail mysteries. Norrie Ellington is a silent partner in a family winery (Two Witches Winery) in upstate New York. By profession, she is a screenwriter but has reluctantly agreed into running the winery for the next year. Her sister and brother-in-law take are headed to Costa Rica for a fully funded research grant. The winery has a fully operating staff and she is not expected to be that involved. So how hard can it be right? When the dead body of a local B&B is found a ...more
Patricia Ann
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
THIS is a delightful cozy! Norrie is a screenwriter who takes on the task of running Two Witches Winery while her sister and brother-in-law sleuth formidable insects in Costa Rica. Having spent her childhood at the vineyards, and knowing that she has a great crew to work for her, she believes her screenwriting deadline can be met while just overseeing the fields and processing. But the body of Elspeth Waters, a B & B owner who is known as a constant complainer about EVERYTHING and Everyone i ...more
Lghiggins
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can a New York City based screenwriter run the family winery for a year? Norrie Ellington puts that question to the test in J. C. Eaton’s cozy mystery A Riesling to Die. Norrie's sister, who needs to leave Two Witches Winery to accompany her husband on an insect searching sabbatical in Costa Rica, convinces Norrie to upgrade her silent partner status to overseer of the winery.

Upon her arrival, Norrie realizes that the winery will not run itself—especially after the death of a local owner of a Be
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Kelly Knapp
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cosy mystery readers
Recommended to Kelly by: won as part of the Goodreads Firstreads giveaways
When our protagonist, Norri, is talked into taking over the family winery for a year so that her sister and brother-in-law can take a once-in-a-lifetime fully granted trip looking for a new species of bug, she is very uncomfortable. She never really liked the winery and everything that went into making it work (she has her moments of clutziness), instead making a life and career in the city as a scriptwriter. But she will do great things with her love of family.

Then first night alone at the wine
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Denise
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something for everyone

Having to take over the family winery was not on the to do list of screen play writer. However there was a once in a lifetime offer for her sister and brother in law who caretake the winery on the day to day, to do bug research. so packed to the gills to live a country life off she goes for a year. Within days she is knee deep in Vines and death. Her simple life flip quickly turns to murder sulthing. This book had everything, auntie mame reference, fifty shades of grey leg
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Char
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Norrie Ellington is living in New York as a successful screenwriter when her sister's husband gets offered a grant that requires them to leave for a year and they ask Norrie to be in charge of the family's winery upstate while they are gone. Norrie is nervous but her sister assures her their experienced staff can handle most of the tasks. What they aren't able to handle, however, is murder.

I really enjoyed this story. The setting was gr
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Homerun2
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

The first Wine Trail mystery was a fun and promising debut. Screenwriter Norrie Ellington preferred to leave the operation of the family winery to her sister and brother-in-law while she enjoyed life as a New York City girl. But a sabbatical opportunity for her brother-in-law means that Norrie is the winery overseer for a year.

She is just getting her balance learning the systems and personnel when a body turns up in the vineyard. Unfortunately, the victim is a nasty neighbor who had run
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