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Deadly Offer by Vicki Doudera
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Apr 14, 2012

really liked it

Wine lovers and mystery fans will enjoy this new book in the Darby Farr mystery series, by Vicky Doudera. I recently read and reviewed it for Suspense Magazine and enjoyed it.
In Deadly Offer, the sudden death of a vineyard owner brings about a number of offers for the property, and plenty of suspicion about the owner’s death. The cast is large, the plot is clever, and the villain is hard to detect.
There is quite a bit of interesting detail included about winemaking and, as you read, you might feel as if you are in the heart of the Southern California wine country yourself. The author does a good job of describing the scenes and bringing them to life.
Along with the main plot, a quiet subplot exists, where Realtor, Darby Farr, worries about her good friend, who may be in trouble after following his heart into a relationship with a woman he barely knows. This subplot has great potential and I think the author could have done more with it.
Although there is a good level of mystery woven in to the story, at times the pace felt a little slow. The ending was unexpected and quite unique.

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