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AGED FOR MURDER (A TUSCAN VINEYARD COZY MYSTERY) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews! When Olivia Glass, 34, concocts an ad for a cheap wine that propels her advertising company to the top, she is ashamed by her own work—yet off AGED FOR MURDER (A TUSCAN VINEYARD COZY MYSTERY) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews! When Olivia Glass, 34, concocts an ad for a cheap wine that propels her advertising company to the top, she is ashamed by her own work—yet offered the promotion she’s dreamed of. Olivia, at a crossroads, realizes this is not the life she signed up for. Worse, when Olivia discovers her long-time boyfriend, about to propose, has been cheating on her, she realizes it’s time for a major life change. Olivia has always dreamed of moving to Tuscany, living a simple life, and starting her own vineyard. When her long-time friend messages her about a Tuscan cottage available, Olivia can’t help wonder: is it fate? Hilarious, packed with travel, food, wine, twists and turns, romance and her newfound animal friend—and centering around a baffling small-town murder that Olivia must solve—AGED FOR DEATH is an un-putdownable cozy that will keep you laughing late into the night.


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AGED FOR MURDER (A TUSCAN VINEYARD COZY MYSTERY) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews! When Olivia Glass, 34, concocts an ad for a cheap wine that propels her advertising company to the top, she is ashamed by her own work—yet off AGED FOR MURDER (A TUSCAN VINEYARD COZY MYSTERY) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews! When Olivia Glass, 34, concocts an ad for a cheap wine that propels her advertising company to the top, she is ashamed by her own work—yet offered the promotion she’s dreamed of. Olivia, at a crossroads, realizes this is not the life she signed up for. Worse, when Olivia discovers her long-time boyfriend, about to propose, has been cheating on her, she realizes it’s time for a major life change. Olivia has always dreamed of moving to Tuscany, living a simple life, and starting her own vineyard. When her long-time friend messages her about a Tuscan cottage available, Olivia can’t help wonder: is it fate? Hilarious, packed with travel, food, wine, twists and turns, romance and her newfound animal friend—and centering around a baffling small-town murder that Olivia must solve—AGED FOR DEATH is an un-putdownable cozy that will keep you laughing late into the night.

30 review for Aged for Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    On the one hand, this book was exactly what I was looking for (a light-hearted, easy read). On the other hand, the characters were terrible, and mostly stereotypes. The main character had a handful of relatable moments, but was mostly a complete idiot (she 'forgot' she owned an apartment that she could sell to raise money she needed, for example). She was supposed to be 34, but mostly appeared to have the impulse control and maturity of a 16 year old. Her mother was overbearing. Her boyfriend co On the one hand, this book was exactly what I was looking for (a light-hearted, easy read). On the other hand, the characters were terrible, and mostly stereotypes. The main character had a handful of relatable moments, but was mostly a complete idiot (she 'forgot' she owned an apartment that she could sell to raise money she needed, for example). She was supposed to be 34, but mostly appeared to have the impulse control and maturity of a 16 year old. Her mother was overbearing. Her boyfriend controlling. Her boss insecure and bullying. The police were presented as prejudiced numbskulls. The plot was moved along by stupid mistakes, and problems were only resolved when the characters came to obvious conclusions. The murder mystery wasn't particularly engaging, and (view spoiler)[ the perpetrator turned out to be a minor character who was barely introduced prior to the denouement (hide spoiler)] .

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Unbelievably insipid, naive, clueless heroine. Won't waste my time with the remaining books in the series. Unbelievably insipid, naive, clueless heroine. Won't waste my time with the remaining books in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vasilis

    This book focuses on the story of an American woman, who after being dumped by her boyfriend and generally unhappy with her work and life , decides to take a break and go to Tuscany to pursue her dream – which is to open her own small vineyard and produce her own wine. In the midst of that, a murder takes place and she needs to clear her name as she is the prime suspect. I am struggling whether this is a 1 or 2 /5 book. It has some positives, but not much. Well, let’s list them! Prons: Easy to rea This book focuses on the story of an American woman, who after being dumped by her boyfriend and generally unhappy with her work and life , decides to take a break and go to Tuscany to pursue her dream – which is to open her own small vineyard and produce her own wine. In the midst of that, a murder takes place and she needs to clear her name as she is the prime suspect. I am struggling whether this is a 1 or 2 /5 book. It has some positives, but not much. Well, let’s list them! Prons: Easy to read, excellent descriptions of the Tuscan countryside Cons: The characters (incl the main character ) are unbelievably undeveloped , they really couldn’t be any shallower even if the study was written by a primary school kid. The writer does not go beyond stereotypes for most of the characters (cheating boyfriend, pressurising mum, playboy style Italian men, police etc) and at no point in the book you see any sort of effort to develop characters whatsoever. Plus, there’s so much “telling” and very little “showing” (eg Olivia did this, did that, went there etc etc ) and no effort to show character through actions, which makes the story even shallower and it’s very annoying! I think 1/5 stars is about right..

  4. 4 out of 5

    KATHRYN A. FOLEY

    Unbelievable Main Character How can someone supposedly very intelligent walk into her bosses office, before an important meeting, quit on the spot and not expect repercussions? The story lost me within the first couple of chapters but I kept reading thinking it would get better. It didn’t.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    Olivia gets a taste of winery. Olivia's world is in a turmoil. She quits her job, her boyfriend, her apartment and her country. But in Tuscany there also are doubts. She gets signs that she should stay and signs that she should go back. Being a prime murder suspect doesn't really help. This series starts a bit in the same way Fiona's other series starts, with a woman in her 30's who, after a break up, makes a job switch in a different country. But the country differs, the job differs and, of cours Olivia gets a taste of winery. Olivia's world is in a turmoil. She quits her job, her boyfriend, her apartment and her country. But in Tuscany there also are doubts. She gets signs that she should stay and signs that she should go back. Being a prime murder suspect doesn't really help. This series starts a bit in the same way Fiona's other series starts, with a woman in her 30's who, after a break up, makes a job switch in a different country. But the country differs, the job differs and, of course, the woman is a different one. Great summer read! I liked this book just as much as the books from the other series. I can't wait to read more! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    An entertaining story that had a satisfying ending. Decent character development and good plotting. It took a while to have someone murdered but once that happened the pace picked up. Overall a good book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fabienne

    Eh. Pretty far fetched and rushed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    The wheels have come off the wine cart for Olivia Glass. A successful campaign for the wrong product has her re-evaluating her life choices and her boyfriend is doing the same thing and deciding it's time to move on to his bit on the side. Invited by a friend to summer in Italy, Olivia jumps at the chance to change up her life for good. There wasn't even the hint of a mystery until the halfway point and I totally didn't mind. Olivia's story was compelling so that when the "event" did happen, I wa The wheels have come off the wine cart for Olivia Glass. A successful campaign for the wrong product has her re-evaluating her life choices and her boyfriend is doing the same thing and deciding it's time to move on to his bit on the side. Invited by a friend to summer in Italy, Olivia jumps at the chance to change up her life for good. There wasn't even the hint of a mystery until the halfway point and I totally didn't mind. Olivia's story was compelling so that when the "event" did happen, I was surprised. I loved the fact that Olivia didn't take her boyfriend's gaslighting sitting down (both literally and figuratively) and that she was prepared to take action to make her dreams come true. (view spoiler)[Someone mentioned that it was strange that she had forgotten her expensive apartment in Chicago as an asset that she could sell in order to buy the Italian farm. I rather think that it was at the back of her mind as a bolthole in case her plans turned upside down. Once she realized that she no longer needed an out, she sold up immediately. (hide spoiler)] I'm very interested to see where this series goes. Olivia isn't my favourite type of main character, but she keeps things sparking!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    If "Aged for Murder" by Fiona Grace is meant to be a cozy mystery book it failed. It's not either. Everything moves way too fast: the unbelievable plot, the ditzy 34yr. old main character, how does one on a whim conceive that they can do anything and be successful. This book would be a 4star rating if it would flesh out the characters and slow down the time frame. As it is the plot is like a revoling door; there's no depth to anyone character. I did like the fancy restuarant scene where our lead c If "Aged for Murder" by Fiona Grace is meant to be a cozy mystery book it failed. It's not either. Everything moves way too fast: the unbelievable plot, the ditzy 34yr. old main character, how does one on a whim conceive that they can do anything and be successful. This book would be a 4star rating if it would flesh out the characters and slow down the time frame. As it is the plot is like a revoling door; there's no depth to anyone character. I did like the fancy restuarant scene where our lead character was dumped. I wanted more of the story like that. Even I solved the murder. Too predictable!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    This might be the worst book I have ever read. The phrasing is trite; it's as if a Freshman college student got an A on a paper and decided they were now an author and decided to write a book. It takes at lease half of the book to get to the murder when that part of the story could have taken a couple of chapters or less. I'm not really a book reviewer, but I thought I'd try to spare anyone the agony of this story. This might be the worst book I have ever read. The phrasing is trite; it's as if a Freshman college student got an A on a paper and decided they were now an author and decided to write a book. It takes at lease half of the book to get to the murder when that part of the story could have taken a couple of chapters or less. I'm not really a book reviewer, but I thought I'd try to spare anyone the agony of this story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Prescott

    I got it because it was relatively short- 6+ hrs. It's 80% cozy and 20% mystery. Which is fine if that is what you are looking for. I wasn't, I was looking for the reverse, 80% mystery and 20% cozy, sigh. I might listen to another of the books by this author, but when I'm in a different mood. I got it because it was relatively short- 6+ hrs. It's 80% cozy and 20% mystery. Which is fine if that is what you are looking for. I wasn't, I was looking for the reverse, 80% mystery and 20% cozy, sigh. I might listen to another of the books by this author, but when I'm in a different mood.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jaeger

    I picked this up, expecting a mystery. What I got instead was a cute chick lit I could easily read while doing any number of household tasks (cooking, cleaning, helping my child understand the "new math." Once I realized the mystery piece was about 10% of the story, I relaxed into it and enjoyed it for what it was: an easy going light read that was as enjoyable as a glass of wine. I picked this up, expecting a mystery. What I got instead was a cute chick lit I could easily read while doing any number of household tasks (cooking, cleaning, helping my child understand the "new math." Once I realized the mystery piece was about 10% of the story, I relaxed into it and enjoyed it for what it was: an easy going light read that was as enjoyable as a glass of wine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Filip

    There is short start to corpse, there is long start to corpse, there is Agatha Christie start to corpse and then there is this book. While the murder occurring at around 50% mark can work, here it made the whole investigation - and the solution that followed - seem to be very rushed and unsatisfying. That said, the main characters and their story arcs were quite nice, the area was described in a bit idelized and romanticized but still delighful way and the story flowed quite nicely, with me not There is short start to corpse, there is long start to corpse, there is Agatha Christie start to corpse and then there is this book. While the murder occurring at around 50% mark can work, here it made the whole investigation - and the solution that followed - seem to be very rushed and unsatisfying. That said, the main characters and their story arcs were quite nice, the area was described in a bit idelized and romanticized but still delighful way and the story flowed quite nicely, with me not being bored in the slightest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Starting as a meandering tale ends up an engaging and entertaining plot with lotsa twists. A comfy sofa and a cozy blanket is all that is, otherwise, needed. Pleasantly narrated.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara M Jenkinson

    very intriguing. I loved it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara Lawson

    I really enjoyed Fiona Grace's Lacey Doyle mystery series, so when I saw BookSprout had an ARC available for review, I jumped at it. It was a fun story. Olivia, after being dumped by her boyfriend and abruptly quitting her job, decided to spend two weeks in Italy with her friend, Charlotte who was vacationing there for the summer. Dreaming about a new romance as well as making her own wine (her stateside job included a marketing campaign for a wine company), she interviews for a job she saw poste I really enjoyed Fiona Grace's Lacey Doyle mystery series, so when I saw BookSprout had an ARC available for review, I jumped at it. It was a fun story. Olivia, after being dumped by her boyfriend and abruptly quitting her job, decided to spend two weeks in Italy with her friend, Charlotte who was vacationing there for the summer. Dreaming about a new romance as well as making her own wine (her stateside job included a marketing campaign for a wine company), she interviews for a job she saw posted during a wine tasting. The sommelier tasked with training her is a jerk who makes her life there as miserable as he can. But she's instantly attracted to the company owner who seems to like her as well. Several days into the job, the sommelier is found dead in the wine cellar, nearly everyone at the company suspects her, and the police think she's the prime suspect. So she decided to become an amateur detective and solve the case herself. What I liked: The goat. Because of course, vineyards have goats. And this particular one is constantly following her home. It was hilarious. The childhood friends vacation. That was a fun change. Instead of running away by herself to drown her sorrows in wine and pizza (which they did have a lot of), she spends time with an old friend instead. Although on that note, why were they constantly eating pizza in Italy? There are so many other foods, I'd have wanted to try! Olivia and Charlotte trying to make their own wine from a recipe on the internet that they knew would be good because it had a lot of five-star reviews. I think you can picture this one for yourself. Bonus: I usually hate it when authors spend too much time telling their readers what the characters were thinking, but some of it was just too funny. Like when Olivia had the realization that she had no idea how to start investigating. I mean, we all knew that, but her self-realization made me laugh. What I was less happy with: Olivia's backstory was too similar to Lacey's. A break up with a significant other leads to a vacation in another country, which in turn leads to deciding to buy a home and stay in that country. And for good measure, the douchy exes decide to try to reconcile. Also, the moms are both controlling (in different ways) and unsupportive. Why were they always eating pizza? I'm serious. Is that what Americans eat when they go to Italy? The need for a romance. Learn to love being single for a minute. Especially since you just got out of a four-year relationship. I know, the romance didn't even get started in this book, but the need for one was unnecessary. Overall, this was a fun story. It made me laugh. It was a quick, easy read. And I am sure that I will be reading more of Fiona Grace's books in the future. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    This was a pretty good romance novel. Cozy mystery? Not so much. The murder didn't take place until beyond that halfway point, the investigation started about 2/3 of the way through (though almost no investigation was done and no clues were gathered), and the murder was solved with a stroke of inspiration at the end. Nothing wrong with that in general, but I would classify it as a romance with a twist rather than as a cozy mystery. This was a pretty good romance novel. Cozy mystery? Not so much. The murder didn't take place until beyond that halfway point, the investigation started about 2/3 of the way through (though almost no investigation was done and no clues were gathered), and the murder was solved with a stroke of inspiration at the end. Nothing wrong with that in general, but I would classify it as a romance with a twist rather than as a cozy mystery.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna May

    This cozy mystery struck so many must read cords; Wine making, tasting, drinking, landscape of Italy and of course the murder. Am looking forward to the Tuscan Vineyard #2 cozy mystery. My only confusion is how an American who neither speaks nor reads Italian can run a tasting section at an Italian winery?!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eddi

    I needed something light and easy to read and this cozy mystery totally fit the bill. Good escapist reading!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    A Tuscany visit turns to murder Olivia is excited with her campaign with Valley wines and the bonus and raise she will receive. She thinks! She goes out for Dinner with her long time boyfriend, Matt, a financial advisor, all excited to tell him her good news. But everything goes bust when he tells her he wants to break up and how she isn't meeting up to his standards and expectations. She is so shocked she finally has figured out that he has been cheating on her with his PA. She let's him have i A Tuscany visit turns to murder Olivia is excited with her campaign with Valley wines and the bonus and raise she will receive. She thinks! She goes out for Dinner with her long time boyfriend, Matt, a financial advisor, all excited to tell him her good news. But everything goes bust when he tells her he wants to break up and how she isn't meeting up to his standards and expectations. She is so shocked she finally has figured out that he has been cheating on her with his PA. She let's him have it right there in the restaurant. She tells him to get stuff out of her apartment by 10 pm or she will throw it out and then walks out. Next she finds out from James, her boss, that Valley Wines wants her to do the advertising campaign for their food line. But is told the food is full of additives and false advertising. She decides she has had enough. She argues with James and finally quits her job and walks out the door. She can't believe she had totally changed her life. Charlotte her best friend invites her to Italy to spend a couple of weeks with her at a villa she has rented for the summer. Olivia accepts. This is the start of her adventure and her dream of being in the wine business. They go on a wine tasting and she sees an advertisement for a job to work in the tasting room. Marcello the owner interviewed her and liked her upbeat personality and hired her on the spot. Luigi the head sommelier isn't happy with the choice and is a mean and nasty human being. He's arrogant and rude to her and the customers. Even to his fellow employees. When he is found murdered Olivia is the first suspect because they had an argument and he fired her but she quit and walked out. Great story of how Olivia does some of the investigating on her own to prove her innocence. Great story of her working her way into staying in Italy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Funny, Quirky Combination of Chick Lit and Murder Mystery I hadn't read a book by this author before, and I'm not quite sure if I've ever seen quite this combination of storylines and tropes. It certainly got the “Eat, Pray, Love” vibe to it, where a woman at the end of a relationship decides to radically change her life, leaving everything behind for a new adventure. This one even takes place in Italy. But that's not the only thing going on in the book. There's also, as you might guess from the Funny, Quirky Combination of Chick Lit and Murder Mystery I hadn't read a book by this author before, and I'm not quite sure if I've ever seen quite this combination of storylines and tropes. It certainly got the “Eat, Pray, Love” vibe to it, where a woman at the end of a relationship decides to radically change her life, leaving everything behind for a new adventure. This one even takes place in Italy. But that's not the only thing going on in the book. There's also, as you might guess from the title, a murder in the little Tuscan town she’s in—and for which our heroine is the prime suspect. So it combines ideas of following a dream and being involved in a murder. This turns her into an amateur sleuth, as she hopes to clear herself. The author wrote in deep character style, so the reader always sees what is going on in the heroine's head, quite often a very funny place to be. The book has a surprising amount of humor. Even though I finished it, I'm still not sure quite what to make of the combination of women's fiction and mystery. At least it's fun to visit Tuscany, especially when no one in the US will be doing that for a long time! I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Irene Morris

    It usually takes me five to seven days to read a book and longer if I am not enjoying it. I read this in two days and it was well written, engaging and funny. With a murder to solve, it will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Olivia (main character) was the sort of woman you would have a drink with and soon find yourself being angry with her boyfriend for dumping her in a restaurant but saying well done girl when she takes the very expensive bottle of wine she ordered with her when she leaves. It usually takes me five to seven days to read a book and longer if I am not enjoying it. I read this in two days and it was well written, engaging and funny. With a murder to solve, it will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Olivia (main character) was the sort of woman you would have a drink with and soon find yourself being angry with her boyfriend for dumping her in a restaurant but saying well done girl when she takes the very expensive bottle of wine she ordered with her when she leaves. It was descriptive enough to paint pictures of the locations and make me think of holidays in Italy. By the end of this book you realise you need to read the second in the series to see how she gets on. She left her demanding career, boyfriend and life in American and uses all her cash to buy a property so she really has to 'make it work'. Will she? Does her best friend stay there too? Does she find romance? Does she learn how to make wine? Some of the questions you will be asking yourself when you finish and why you will need to buy the next book in the series to find the answers. Enjoy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Olivia's life went from grade A to down the toilet in one day. Her cheating boyfriend and her rediculous boss were enough for her to decide to up and go to Italy where a close friend was vacationing. At this point in the story I forgot it was supposed to be a mystery. I was ok with the cliche cheating boyfriend and the cliche boss because the real story would be in Tuscany. Oh the romance of it all. Then she and he friend went on a wine tour and spur of the moment she decides to apply to be an ass Olivia's life went from grade A to down the toilet in one day. Her cheating boyfriend and her rediculous boss were enough for her to decide to up and go to Italy where a close friend was vacationing. At this point in the story I forgot it was supposed to be a mystery. I was ok with the cliche cheating boyfriend and the cliche boss because the real story would be in Tuscany. Oh the romance of it all. Then she and he friend went on a wine tour and spur of the moment she decides to apply to be an assistant wine sommelier. Sure. She doesn't speak a word of Italian but that doesn't hinder her a bit, the part owner of the winery likes her passion. Well the head sommelier didn't give one fig about her passion. She was clearly unqualified. And each time she screws up, we are supposed to be angry at Luigi ( the sommelier) for being angry at her. Then the murder happens. It's obvious by this point in my review who is murdered so I don't have to spoil anything. And Olivia finds so many signs you'd think she was Alex Whitman. ( little Fools Rush In reference for you). It's a pleasant enough story if you just want to pass a few hours reading, just don't expect a five star mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    I got this book for free as a kindle deal, and honestly I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on it. This book is the first in a cozy mystery series set in the vineyards of Tuscany. It’s a short book, coming in at only 197 pages, but I think that length did the story a disservice. The introduction of the main character and how she ends up in Tuscany honestly took way too long and then the crime that is the catalyst for the mystery part of the book doesn’t even take place until half way in. There’s s I got this book for free as a kindle deal, and honestly I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on it. This book is the first in a cozy mystery series set in the vineyards of Tuscany. It’s a short book, coming in at only 197 pages, but I think that length did the story a disservice. The introduction of the main character and how she ends up in Tuscany honestly took way too long and then the crime that is the catalyst for the mystery part of the book doesn’t even take place until half way in. There’s some half-hearted sleuthing and a little sprinkling of trying to figure out the clues, but the writing just felt disjointed and like it didn’t flow naturally. The killer just came out of nowhere and didn’t totally make sense. Then, once everything is finally revealed the book just abruptly ends with not a lot of set up for the next series. Honestly, I felt like I got whiplash reading this book with the sudden changes in direction with very little explanation. I also got the next book for free as a kindle deal, and I may read that one, but it’s not high on the priority list. If you’re looking for a new cozy mystery series, I think this one is safe to skip.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A book has to be very special to earn a one-star review from me. Perhaps I should award it two stars because I did complete it, but the struggle was real. At 34, Olivia Glass is completely immature, naive, and irresponsible. Walking out on a high-paying career on a whim right before a major presentation, publicly quitting yet another job and threatening the boss, stealing evidence from her boss's office for no apparent reason--not the actions of someone I want to root for. Characters did not beh A book has to be very special to earn a one-star review from me. Perhaps I should award it two stars because I did complete it, but the struggle was real. At 34, Olivia Glass is completely immature, naive, and irresponsible. Walking out on a high-paying career on a whim right before a major presentation, publicly quitting yet another job and threatening the boss, stealing evidence from her boss's office for no apparent reason--not the actions of someone I want to root for. Characters did not behave logically nor did the author research anything except the basics of wine production and blending. You don't decide one night that because you love to drink wine, tomorrow you'll go to Tuscany to pursue a dream of becoming an independent vinter. There are also immigration issues to consider when getting a job in a foreign country, which was never mentioned. And what was the point of Charlotte's boyfriend, Patrick? The parade of horribles in this book marches on and on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Olivia Glass has a work ethic. She’s burned out and feels guilty about the great job she did. How’s that? Well, did you ever follow the path expected but feel that it’s not right? Then, there’s her boyfriend; her step all over Olivia, cheating, rich boyfriend. She has dreams about wine and Italy and everything falls into place, sort of. Suddenly, her rashness but rightness catches up with her. She lands a job and loves it (except for her so-called mentor). He ends up dead. She’s the suspect. I re Olivia Glass has a work ethic. She’s burned out and feels guilty about the great job she did. How’s that? Well, did you ever follow the path expected but feel that it’s not right? Then, there’s her boyfriend; her step all over Olivia, cheating, rich boyfriend. She has dreams about wine and Italy and everything falls into place, sort of. Suddenly, her rashness but rightness catches up with her. She lands a job and loves it (except for her so-called mentor). He ends up dead. She’s the suspect. I really enjoyed this book. There’s the country, humor, a goat, wine, food, friendship, and honest, emotional decisions that people do sometimes make. I want to see what happens for Olivia next. She just seems to stumble into the best scenarios accidentally.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Palmer

    Olivia has a high powered advertisement job in Chicago, working lots of hours on a wine campaign and having little time for her boyfriend of a couple of years. Both Olivia and Matt have been working hard and have a hot date. Matt drops the bomb that he is breaking up with her and going on vacay with another woman. Olivia quits her job that she hates and goes to Tuscany for a 2 week holiday before job hunting. Her long time friend Charlotte has rented a villa and asks her to come for a visit. Lot Olivia has a high powered advertisement job in Chicago, working lots of hours on a wine campaign and having little time for her boyfriend of a couple of years. Both Olivia and Matt have been working hard and have a hot date. Matt drops the bomb that he is breaking up with her and going on vacay with another woman. Olivia quits her job that she hates and goes to Tuscany for a 2 week holiday before job hunting. Her long time friend Charlotte has rented a villa and asks her to come for a visit. Lots of beautiful scenery and wine country are drawing Olivia into her dream of being a small wine maker. Lots of things go well but some not so well. Murder is happening in a local winery and the suspects are mounting up.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pat M

    After a dinner with her boyfriend goes badly, he wants to breakup with her, Olivia receives an email from her best friend asking her to come for a visit to the Tuscan Villa she is living in for the summer. Olivia’s boss is expecting her to show up early the next morning for an important meeting concerning their largest client. She reflects on the the invitation to go to Italy seriously. Her employer has taken advantage of her to work longer hours for the four years she has worked there. When the After a dinner with her boyfriend goes badly, he wants to breakup with her, Olivia receives an email from her best friend asking her to come for a visit to the Tuscan Villa she is living in for the summer. Olivia’s boss is expecting her to show up early the next morning for an important meeting concerning their largest client. She reflects on the the invitation to go to Italy seriously. Her employer has taken advantage of her to work longer hours for the four years she has worked there. When the meeting turns out to promise even more hours, she refuses. After she is fired, she decides to take that trip and think what she wants to do next in her life. The storyline has lots happening and moves along at a good pace. I did get this book for free but my review isn’t affected by that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Three stars and I am being kind. It seems to be a run-of-the-mill romance that turns into a less than adequate murder mystery. Were I inclined to read more of the series, I'd like the fact that the author did do a good job laying the groundwork for subsequent books. That's all the praise I've got. The main character keeps deciding she is qualified to do various jobs based on iffy facts. She's what previous generations called man-crazy. I suspect we are supposed to see her as a much more interest Three stars and I am being kind. It seems to be a run-of-the-mill romance that turns into a less than adequate murder mystery. Were I inclined to read more of the series, I'd like the fact that the author did do a good job laying the groundwork for subsequent books. That's all the praise I've got. The main character keeps deciding she is qualified to do various jobs based on iffy facts. She's what previous generations called man-crazy. I suspect we are supposed to see her as a much more interesting character than she is, at least to me. Her spot of rather dubious bargaining at the end sounds like extortion to me, belying all the ethics we are to believe she has developed, and she is painfully slow remembering a ready source of a large amount of cash. All in all, meh+.

  30. 4 out of 5

    E.D.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is listed as a cozy murder mystery, in my expert opinion it is neither. There is no mystery until you're about 2/3 of the way through the book and Olivia barely does any sleuthing. The mystery was also not really all that solvable by the reader. There wasn't much of a reason to believe it was the competing vineyard. I did enjoy the parts of the book about her personal life, even if the ending is pretty unrealistic. The descriptions of Italy made we wish I could travel right now and I wa This book is listed as a cozy murder mystery, in my expert opinion it is neither. There is no mystery until you're about 2/3 of the way through the book and Olivia barely does any sleuthing. The mystery was also not really all that solvable by the reader. There wasn't much of a reason to believe it was the competing vineyard. I did enjoy the parts of the book about her personal life, even if the ending is pretty unrealistic. The descriptions of Italy made we wish I could travel right now and I was always craving wine by the end. Ultimately, I feel like this was listed as a murder mystery to get people to read it and that rubbed me the wrong way. It's a cute book overall but it's definitely not at all what I was expecting.

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