We are so excited to celebrate the release of Maddie Day/Edith’s first book in a new series, Murder Uncorked! Here’s a bit about the book:
Raise a glass to Cece Barton, a widowed single mom and recent L.A.-to-California-wine-country transplant who suddenly finds herself at the center of a murder investigation in this sparkling new mystery series from Agatha Award-winning author Maddie Day.
As the manager of Vino y Vida Wine Bar in Colinas, Cecelia “Cece” Barton’s first Alexander Valley harvest is a whirlwind of activity. Her twin sister, Allie Halstead, who owns a nearby Victorian bed & breakfast, is accustomed to the hustle and bustle of peak tourist season. But Cece barely has a moment to enjoy her new home in between worrying about her estranged college-age daughter, juggling her responsibilities at the bar, and navigating the sticky politics of the local wine association. Just when it seems things can’t grow any more intense, Colinas is rocked by a murder within the wine community . . . and Cece is identified as a possible suspect!
With her reputation and her livelihood on the line—and the Sonoma County deputy sheriff breathing down her neck—Cece has no choice but to open up her own murder investigation. Tensions are already high in the valley, as a massive wildfire creeps toward Colinas, threatening homes, vineyards, and the vital tourist trade. And now, with a murderer on the loose, and Cece’s sleuthing exposing the valley’s bitterest old rivalries and secret new alliances, Colinas feels ready to pop! But with Allie’s help, Cece is determined to catch the killer and clear her name before everything she’s worked so hard for goes up in flames . . .
Wickeds, have you ever been to California wine country? Do you have a favorite winery? A favorite wine?
Julie: I have not been there, and always intend to remedy that some day. I can’t wait to read this series, and live vicariously through the characters. I’ve also enjoyed hearing about Maddie/Ediths’s research trips. I am a wine drinker, and love dry roses, malbecs, and oaky chardonnay. But I also love finding new wines thanks to friends and adventures. Congratulations, Edith/Maddie!!!
Jessie: Super congratulations, Edith! I have been to California wine country several years ago and enjoyed myself very much! We visited several wineries including Korbel. Since I adore sparkling wines it was a delightful experience!
Sherry: Congratulations, Edith! I love that you set the book in the Alexander Valley because it’s such a beautiful part of California with so much interesting history. We were just out in that area in June. Our friends took us to Foley Sonoma winery. They opened just for the four of us and we were spoiled. Their sparkling wine is one of the best I’ve ever had. Below is a picture of their beautiful tasting room.
Barb: Congratulations on Murder Uncorked, Edith! I have never been to California wine country though Bill and I have talked about it for years. I don’t know what’s holding us back. I do enjoy visiting wineries, most recently in Bordeaux.
Edith/Maddie: Thanks so much, dear Wickeds! I will be back in the Alexander Valley Saturday for a winery launch party and more (details on the CA events here), and I can’t wait. I might stop by that Foley winery too, Sherry – the tasting room is lovely.
Readers: Have you been to California wine country? Does your state have wineries?