Title: Died on the Vine
Author: Joyce Harmon
Synopsis: Tech writer Cissy Rayburn and her retired bureaucrat husband Jack own a winery in rural Virginia. One day, notorious MIA chaser Obadiah Winslow shows up and tells Cissy that he believes that her first husband Jimmy, shot down and reported killed in Viet Nam, survived the crash and is still alive in a Vietnamese prison. Cissy mistrusts Winslow, who has a reputation as a crackpot; she doesn't believe him, but finds his visit disturbing.
Three days later, Cissy finds Winslow dead in the vineyard, stabbed with Jack's pruning shears. To the local sheriff, Jack has a good motive to eliminate Winslow. Can Cissy find the real killer before the sheriff arrests Jack?
My Thoughts: I love a good mystery, so when I was given a chance to review Died on the Vine by Joyce Harmon I was pretty excited. I was definitely not disappointed. Died on the Vines was a fun and light mystery that was a very enjoyable read.
Cissy was fun to read about. She stood her ground to people. When it looked like the police wouldn't do enough in the investigation of Winslow's death she went to work finding out the truth. Of course she had her trusty neighbor and friend, Julie to help her solve the mystery of Winslow's death. Also helping them is Winslow's daughter Mary.
These three women were so much fun to read about. Julie was all no nonsense and very up front when she asked questions. Mary had a grudge and a bit of an attitude but I still enjoyed her. They all added a certain comedic flair to the story with their comments and schemes for information.
This was a very fun and exciting read. I was entertained throughout the book and then surprised by the ending. I think this is a great read if you enjoy a fun mystery. It was very well written with a great plot. I am happy that Harmon is working on a second book. I can just see Cissy becoming some kind of mystery solving detective.