Friday 19 February 2021

Wine Tastings Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #5) by Libby Klein

It's vintage Poppy McAllister when the gluten-free baker and B&B owner tries to solve a murder at a Cape May winery . . . 

When Poppy and Aunt Ginny agreed to host a Wine and Cheese Happy Hour for a tour group at their Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast on the Jersey Shore, they never anticipated such a sour bunch. Grumpy guest Vince Baker should be in a better mood--he's filthy rich and on his honeymoon with his much younger wife Sunny, who seems to dote on him almost as much as her high-spirited teacup Pomeranian, Tammy Faye Baker.

But the honeymoon is over when Vince drops dead the next day touring the Laughing Gull Winery. Turns out he's been poisoned, and it seems like everybody on the tour is hiding something. Now Poppy has to put her gluten-free baking on the back burner and bottle up her feelings for the two men in her life while she charges after a bitter killer with a lethal case of sour grapes . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy's Kitchen!

"Fans of Chopped will have fun juggling the complicated set of suspects and following a romantic triangle that has yet to be resolved."Goodreads)

Wine Tastings are Murder by Libby Klein is the fifth book in her Poppy McAllister Mystery series and with each new book in this series readers will fall deeper and deeper in love with it !!

In Wine Tastings are Murder Poppy McAllister moved back home to Cape May on the Jersey Shore and opened up the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast and they are hosting a group that are in town for a wine tasting experience.  Unfortunately one of the guests is not going to make it through the first tasting at a local winery.  When her friend Kim asks her for help saving the winery's reputation Poppy jumps in.

Even though Poppy has her hands full with running the bed and breakfast, making desserts at one of her boyfriend's restaurants, baking sweets for her other boyfriend's cafe and trying to keep tabs on Aunt Ginny and her friends, she cannot help but do some snooping.....especially when her high school nemesis Amber who is now on the police force asks for her help as an informant. 

Poppy along with her close friend Sawyer, Aunt Ginny and friends will stop at nothing to help Sunny, the widow of the deceased, find out who killed Vince, her husband.  Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a clear path to finding out.  Even when all of the "suspects" are brought to the Butterfly House and are all under the same roof, Poppy has more questions than answers.  Amber has basically given Poppy the key to the city by including her as an informant but that doesn't seem to help at all.....

Readers will love this series and with every new book in it, you cannot help but fall in love.  Readers will receive papercuts on their hands from turning the pages so quickly and you will be powerless to stop reading.  However readers must be warned that the ending will be explosive !!  When Poppy uncovers the murderer and how they came to killing Vince, you will not be expecting it at all !!!  And Poppy will be forced to come to a decision regarding her love triangle and you will be shocked at the LAST sentence in the book......however Klein definitely knows how to keep her readers on the hook and counting days until they can return to Cape May.......

Review by Missi M.

1 comment:

  1. I fully agree with Missi M. Klein is amazing and this series is wonderful! My only wish is that she had more hands to publish more and more. Klein and her books are like potato chips- you can't have just one!