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Vineyards, gardens, fine wine, and food pairings delight. Yet, in this case, death disturbs all tranquility!

Roxanne Samson, a sweet and sensible gardening expert, finds a wealthy wine connoisseur dead in her city garden. The deceased was the boss of Georgi Algarve, a flamboyant wine aficionado and manager of the Vinho Verde Wine Bar. As mysterious events start happening to Roxanne and Georgi, New London’s prominent detective Dan Morrison investigates. 

The villain is tracked through posh vineyards by Long Island Sound and a labyrinth of historic city streets. Morrison finds multiple suspects - including deviant doppelgangers, a goth library staffer, and a wealthy widow - but the full story remains elusive. The City of Steeples has been hijacked by a series of muggings, murder, and mayhem, and the pressure to find the true culprit is compounded when another victim is found near the Coast Guard Academy, and the president is due to arrive for a graduation ceremony.

Deciding to assist, the madcap duo of Roxanne and Georgi search for clues about the killer, much to the chagrin of Roxanne’s husband, the fire chief. Clues of poisonous plants, blackmail, and disguises abound, but why? Eventually, their sleuthing expeditions go too far, and they find themselves in a professional’s game of danger and intrigue in the business of wine.

Roses, Wine & Murder is a modern-day mystery laced with New England history, scenic vineyards, and a harrowing Coast Guard rescue. A thrilling, madcap adventure with plenty of flair and foul play to entertain you!

©2017 Rose Young (P)2020 Rose Young

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Worth every penny, and moment!

This is a well-written, well-narrated, hard-to-stop-listening-to book. My husband purchased this book for me and with the book came a free audio version through Google Play. I actually purchased this book on audible so that I could review it because I think it's an exceptional book.

I happen to live in the City of Steeples, and I really loved reading about all of the wonderful things in my own city. I can tell that Rose lives here because she knew about things that pretty much anybody could run across on a trip, but not all of them! I've been to a few of the vineyards she mentions, and in fact I know people work at a couple of the vineyards she mentions, and they make fabulous wine. I can't wait to try some of the wines that are mentioned and deliciously described in this book. I know some of the people that she drew on to write this book and she captures them incredibly as well.

One detail that I particularly loved was that the author refers to "the traitor, Benedict Arnold". Believe me, we don't say that name unless it's after the phrase, "the traitor", or "the turncoat".

All those things aside, I actually found it to be a very engaging book. The characters are funny, whimsical, and very authentic by turns. The characters actually develop, as well. I like authors that don't have rigid characters. I'm looking forward to reading a lot more from Rose Young. and I'm looking forward to people visiting my Fair City because they read this book.

I might actually visit Long Island because of this book. I've spent almost 50 years avoiding going there, but now I know there are vineyards that I could visit, I might just give Long Island another chance.

I've visited the restaurants and the coffee houses that Young describes, and they really do help make New London a great place to live. Note: Muddy Waters happens to have the best tomato soup, ever. And a good, strong coffee. Enjoy the book!