Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Wined and Died - 5th in the Home Crafting Mystery series
Author: Cricket McRae
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Cadyville
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Cricket's Website/Blog: www.cricketmcrae.com
Sophie Mae Ambrose is all about learning new crafts. Little does she know wine-making is to be added to her list of interests in a potential, yet-to-be murder.
Micro cassette tapes, purchased at a thrift store, reveal a therapists notes and concerns. That someone is going to be murdered. Sophie’s husband Barr (a detective) tells her to leave it alone, but naturally, she can’t. Especially when she learns the otherwise healthy therapist died recently, and rather suddenly.
Of course while tending to her business, Winding Road (of which I’d like some of the products), as well as caring for her best friend’s daughter for a week or two, Sophie’s investigation leads to the Swenson family meadery and the family itself. Something is definitely going on within the confines of this family but is it murder or is it a chain of coincidences? They all have the knowledge it takes to murder in such a way that could be undetectable, but would they really murder one of their own?
Whatever it is, Sophie Mae is determined to learn the truth. Even if it involves danger and fear and possibly confronting a murderer.
Layer upon layer continues to be added to each character and subsequent story in this series. You care about Sophie and the members of her home. You want to be a part of their lives. You want to revisit other characters in Cadyville from previous investigations. When I pick up a book by Cricket McRae, I know I’m going to absorbed by the intrigue, entertained and fascinated by the characters of Sophie Mae’s household, secondary characters included.
Ms. McRae’s sharp wit and way of weaving a story together create a winning combination that will appeal to a wide range of readers. I will say, the list of my favorite authors is not overly long, but Cricket definitely ranks in the top ten.
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