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Chardonnayed to Rest

(The Wine Trail Mysteries #2)

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Finding a murderer requires 100% proof.
 
In Seneca Lake, New York, Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery has been selected by the local vintner community to host the annual Federweisser, a celebration of the season’s first fermentation of white Chardonnay grapes. But the festivities are spoiled when Norrie learns that landowner Roy Wilkes has raised her neighbor Rosalee
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Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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Carrie
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton is the second book in the cozy The Wine Trail Mysteries series. Each book in the series has it’s own murder mystery to solve so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.

Norrie Ellington had 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 had been given a grant to study a species of insect in Costa Rica for a next year and while Norrie has made her
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LORI CASWELL
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
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We are back at the Two Witches Winery just in time for the annual Federweisser celebration. Norrie tries to juggle the preparation for the event along with meeting here screenwriter deadlines. Thankfully the staff of Two Witches has things well in hand because Norrie receives a frantic call from Rosalee Marbleton telling her she has found a dead body on her property. The dead man turns out to Roy Wilkes, the man owns access to the water needed for Rosalee’s winery. He had rece
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Shelly
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I like the setting of this cozy mystery. The Finger Lakes region of upstate NY is charming. The Wine Trail Mysteries are set in Seneca Lake at the Two Witches Winery. In Chardonnayed to Rest, it is time for the annual Federweisser festival, a celebration of the season’s first fermentation of white Chardonnay grapes. But not everyone is in a festive mood and sourly Roy Wilkes isn’t making any friends while raising land rents and issuing threats. Soon, Roy is found stabbed and our heroine, Two Wit ...more
Betty
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, arc, dogs
The second installment of wine series finds that Two Witches Winery has been selected to host the annual Federweisser to celebrate the first fermentation of the white Chardonnay grapes. Norrie is still in charge of the family's Vineyard. She received a call from a frantic neighbor that a body was found on her land. Rosalee Marbleton’s was having problems with the corpse and she wanted Norrie's help. The story takes an odd turned as Norrie decides the sheriff will not investigate correctly and fe ...more
Dez Nemec
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Chardonnayed to Rest is the second of the Wine Trail Mysteries, following A Riesling to Die. Having read the first, I was naturally curious to see what Norrie Ellington was up to at the Two Witches Winery. At the outset of the first book, we are told that 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. As we know it is only supposed to last for a year (although there are more hints here that the BIL's g ...more
Brenda
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Chardonnayed to Rest is the second installment in the Wine Trail Mysteries series set in upstate New York near Seneca Lake. Screenwriter Norrie Ellington is settling in to her temporary position of watching over the families Two Witches Winery while her sister and brother in law continue their search for an elusive bug in Costa Rica.

Two Witches has been chosen to host the annual Fedderweisser, the first harvest of the Chardonnay grapes. Anxious for things to run smoothly, Norrie is saddened to h
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Kirsti
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I'm so glad to have discovered yet another excellent cozy mystery book! I loved this from the first moment, despite this being the second book and I hadn't read the first. It's just one of those series that you can jump straight into, thankfully. To begin with, we have an excellent sleuth with her motley collection of trusted friends either encouraging or actively working with her to catch the killer. We have plenty of lea
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RO G'ma
Chardonnayed to Rest is the second 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 flows smoothly with a steadily paced plot, twists and turns, and a well-developed cast of quirky characters. This is a quick and easy read with an interesting mystery and humor.

Norrie Ellington, a successful screenwriter and a silent partner in Two Witches Winery, her family’s winery in Seneca Lake, New York. Her older sister
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Kathleen Gray
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Roy is the classic cozy villain- he's hiked rents and been a rat to lots of people- and he's found dead on the property Rosalee rents from him. Luckily for Rosie, Norrie, a wannabe scriptwriter who is keeping an eye on her family's vineyard, decides she'll investigate. This one had the right elements but for me, at least, fell short, Maybe Norrie was a little out there, maybe it was the implausibility of Norrie not only babysitting the vineyard but also hosting a big event, but for some reason, ...more
Maria
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, arc, 2018
The story was good. It kept me interested until about halfway through then the MC's antics became too much. Norrie did so many things that made no sense. It made it difficult to get invested in the story. But I love the other characters in the series.
The Cozy Review
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
In Seneca Lake, New York, Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery has been selected by the local vintner community to host the annual Federweisser, a celebration of the season’s first fermentation of white Chardonnay grapes. But the festivities are spoiled when Norrie learns that landowner Roy Wilkes has raised her neighbor Rosalee Marbleton’s rent so high, she may have to close her vineyard.

Before the rent hike could go into effect, Wilkes is found dead on Rosalee’s property, stabbed to death, an
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mysteries
Norrie Ellington is managing the family winery while her sister Francine and her husband Jason spend a year in Costa Rica searching for a rare bug. Norrie is a screenwriter who has her own deadline to make, so she's needing all the free time she can get to finish it.

Unfortunately, it won't be this week, and possibly not the next, either. Her friend and a fellow winery owner, Rosalee Marbleton tells Norrie that a newcomer to Penn Yan has bought land nearby that she has a pipeline for water runnin
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The charming setting of a winery in upstate New York is the outstanding back ground for this excellent cozy mystery series.. I have read the entire series and highly recommend all books in the series. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This is written by a husband and wife team who write a well crafted mystery with great charcters and a dose of humor.

Chardonnayed to Rest features wineries in picturesque upstate New York. The winery owners work together as friends and neighbors to put on ce
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Lghiggins
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chardonnayed to Rest is a fun, cozy mystery authored by the husband and wife team that goes by the name J.C. Eaton. It features wineries in Penn Yan, New York. The winery owners there support each other and collaborate on various projects such as the Federweisser celebration which is slated this year to be held at the Two Witches Winery. Norrie, a successful screenwriter is maintaining her career while taking over supervision of the family winery for a year for her sister who is hunting an elusi ...more
Laura M
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
In this second of the Wine Trail mysteries (A Riesling to Die was the first), we find Norrie back at the vineyard she is watching for her sister and brother-in-law while he is abroad with the family studying a rare insect. Things have calmed down a bit from the last body they found, but unfortunately, a new corpse is found, and is a landowner that was giving a hard time to Norrie’s friend. Guess who becomes the primary suspect? Especially when the murder weapon turns out to belong to the friend. ...more
Cris (The Biblio Blonde)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it


Chardonnayed to Rest was the second book in a series set in the Finger Lakes wine region of NY. Loved the setting of these books... it sounds beautiful and the winery trail community sounds like it would be a great place to visit!

In this book, an area resident is found dead and suspicion falls on the owner of a nearby vineyard. Norrie, still at Two Witches Winery, investigates and gets herself into hot water again. The story culminates in a festival at the winery, accompanied by a couple of new
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Kathleen
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from Kensington Book’s Lyrical Underground via Netgalley and these are my own opinions.

I requested this book on Netgalley as I enjoy the first in this series and it is set in the picturesque Finger Lakes in New York. Also, the cover is hard to resist and the description was enticing.

Lots of suspects, twists and turns and great characters. I am having a hard time believing Norrie can write screen plays, manage a winery and sleuth at the same time. I do not bel
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Holly L'Heureux
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this kindle e-book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I was so happy to have received it. I think of all of these stories as cheesy murder mysteries. Not in a bad way mind you, I love them so much, I think of it more as endearing. I really enjoyed this novel. Norrie is very spunky and reminds me of myself a little. I really liked this book, the only reason I really gave it 4 stars is because I feel like I need a little more back story to the novel. I have not read any of the other novels which m ...more
Homerun2
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This lightweight cozy takes place in the Finger Lakes winery area of upstate New York. Protagonist Norrie Ellington is babysitting the family vineyard operation while her sister and brother-in-law are gone. Norrie is working hard at her "real" job as a Hollywood scriptwriter. When a dead body is discovered at a nearby winery, Norrie leaps in to investigate the case.

Not unpleasant, but light on plot plausibility and character development. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me
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Melissa Castor
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun second book in this series! Norrie is at it again when one of her fellow winery owners finds the dead body of a man who had been raising her rent. She investigates with the help of Theo, another winery owner. When her car is tampered with and poisoned chocolate is sent to her, she knows she is getting close to finding the killer. With the big Fedderweiser festival coming up, she’s determined to catch a killer. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for Norrie and the rest of the winery gang ...more
Cindi
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in the series was fun and the second entry in the series is as well. Norrie Ellington is baby sitting her family’s winery and while the business is still standing, bodies keep dropping around her. This time it’s a new landowner who moved to town and one of her fellow winery owners could be implicated. Norrie does her best to save her friend from become a suspect and turns into a target herself.

The characters are fun and the story moves at a good clip. This is a fun series that I’l
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Ann
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The Two Witches winery in hosting the annual Fedderweisser celebration this year in wine country, Seneca Falls, NY. Acting as caretaker while her sister is traveling, Norris is back in book 2 of the Wine Trail Murder Series. Neighboring winery may have to close as a new town resident raises her rent and high water rates. When he turns up dead it's pretty clear someone in town is a murderer. Lots of facts on wine and vineyards. The mystery is a good one and this story can be read as a stand alone ...more
Carol
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, first-reads
Received a Kindle copy as a Goodreads giveaway. It was just OK for me. I liked the sense of humor and the New York Finger Lakes wine country setting. The main problem was that I didn't like the main character. Norrie was grating, jumping to conclusions based on flimsy evidence and too willing to dash into unlawful or unethical situations. I had trouble juggling the large cast of characters, too.
Elizabeth
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chardonnayed to Rest is the second installment in the Wine Trail Mysteries series. My first introduction to the characters that run the Two Witches Winery and Norrie Ellington. The story moves quickly and has a good plot, not two many plot twists but engaging and a quick and easy read. Would like to go back to read the first installment and will probably read the third installment as I enjoyed the story and the characters.

Literary Soirée
Chardonnayed to Rest is a fine and very fun mystery with wine set in Seneca Lake, New York, at Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery. After a murder is discovered, Norrie works to clear a friend unfairly suspected, but soon finds herself targeted by the killer who may wish her dead on the vine. 5/5

Thanks to the author, Kensington Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

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Linda
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Norrie's neighbor finds a dead body on her property. She asks Norrie to find the killer. Norrie is keeping an eye on the family winery while her sister and husband are away. She is busy with her career and helping out with the winery. This story was stronger than the first one, it has nice characters and lovely setting.
Melissa B
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What fun to read a book centered on my home area, and to have it written by people I know (and worked for Ann). This would make a great movie, good action, suspense, laughter... it had it all.
I love the characters and their portrayals. The action was believable and moved right along, definitely held my interest. Keep them coming Ann and Jim!
Nicki
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting setting and cast of characters. The book moves at a good pace. I liked the book. I did not find the victim interesting but I did like how the steps in the mystery were set out. Good twist at the end. Did not see it coming.

I read this book on NetGalley.
Barbara Tobey
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining and enjoyable light cozy mystery. The winery setting is interesting. I look forward to reading the next one in this charming series. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Colleen
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Since I am not into wine, I wasn't sure I would like this book but I did and I'm glad I took the chance! Lovely characters and wonderful plot that keeps you guessing. I can't wait to read more by this author!
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Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and coming in August 2018, The
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