Murder Uncorked (A Cece Barton Mystery #1) (Hardcover)
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 . . .
About the Author
Maddie Day is the Agatha Award-winning author of the Cozy Capers Book Club Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries, the CeCe Barton Mysteries, and the Local Foods Mysteries, as well as other series and short crime fiction written under the name Edith Maxwell. A member of Mystery Writers of America and a proud lifetime member of Sisters in Crime, she is a regular contributor at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen and belongs to the Wicked Authors, a group of bestselling authors who blog at WickedAuthors.com. Day lives with her beau and their cat Martin north of Boston, although she knows Indiana, California, and Cape Cod intimately. She is a wine enthusiast, talented amateur chef, and former farmer and can be found online at MaddieDayAuthor.com.
Praise for Murder Uncorked
"A mouthwatering new cozy series. I'm looking forward to more of Cece Barton's sleuthing in California's wine country." —Gigi Pandian, Agatha-Award winning author on Murder Uncorked
“Beautifully balanced plotting pairs nicely with rich sensory details and distinctive characters in this top-shelf debut. California dreaming at its finest, Maddie Day had me at Merlot.” —Carlene O’Connor, USA Today bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries
“Murder Uncorked is cozy mystery perfection. Cece Barton is a wonderful protagonist; smart, intrepid, and compassionate. Maddie Day’s writing is so vivid that I can envision the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country and taste the delectable vintages that Cece pours at Vino y Vida Wine Bar. And the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. A toast to a wonderful new series uncorked by a master of mystery.” —Ellen Byron, USA Today bestselling author of the Cajun County mysteries
“Cece Barton’s wine glass is definitely half-full in Maddie Day’s series debut, Murder Uncorked. Day’s genius is to pair a plotty puzzle of a murder mystery with a richly detailed small-town setting, like the perfect platter of bar snacks and the perfect pour. Cheers!” —Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of the Last Ditch Motel mysteries