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Everyone has secrets. Even a wine-making Zen master. What could possibly go wrong at a beautiful Oregon vineyard overlooking the ocean? Could the White Cloud Retreat Center on the vineyard, run by a world famous Buddhist Zen master, hold a deep, dark secret? Murder, for one thing, but who could possibly have a motive for killing the beloved Zen master?

Solving the mystery is the job of Sheriff Mike, ably assisted by his soon-to-be wife, Kelly, an amateur sleuth, and their two dogs, Rebel and Lady. The vineyard is famous for its White Cloud Pinot Noir wines, and the coffee shop that Kelly owns, Kelly’s Koffee Shop, is equally popular with customers looking for good food. 

A mouthwatering pause resister with recipes, this is the third book in the popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series by a USA Today best seller and Amazon All-Star.

©2015 Dianne Harman (P)2021 Dianne Harman

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Murder disrupts the peaceful retreat

Its fun getting to know the characters in Dianne Harman’s Cedar Bay mystery series. I’ve been reading / listening to the series out of order but the characters’ backgrounds are explained and there is no confusion. The narrator Kelli Petroski is great bringing each character to life with a unique voice. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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Well done

A beautiful retreat with a Zen Master and a vineyard, not the usual thing to have murder there. Mike and Kelly give us a good story to find out what happened with some good twists, well done and enjoyed. Given audio for my voluntary review

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Death of a Zen Master

In the little sleepy town of Cedar Bay, Oregon something is amiss when Scott the beloved Zen Master at The White Cloud Retreat is suddenly killed by an unknown person. This is a true who done it when Scott was loved by many and secretly hated by others. I loved the twisted journey this book took me on because it had everything all rolled together but with jagged edges that just didn't fit together seamlessly. White Cloud Retreat has many components that will have you on the edge of your seat from embezzlement to the mafia and many twisted people in between. I loved the intrigue and mystery within this very well written book it kept me glued to my headphones I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers this is my honest unbiased review.

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  • John Marsden
  • 07-06-21

Good Read

This is an extremely good read, I got the first 2 books in the series before listening to this book and it is an interesting series with well developed characters. A very good cozy mystery. The narrator is good although a little hesitant at times and could maybe put more feeling into the book. Having said this I have no hesitation in giving an all round 5 star review.
I was kindly given this copy of the book and have left this honest and voluntary review.

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  • Fred Jones
  • 06-17-21

Entertaining story

An entertaining story, suffers a little with cliched dialogue but has a good plotline. The author has a style of mystery which she is good at and this is a typical example. The murder, then flashback to introduce several good suspects and then add a little bit of danger to the main characters for the climax. A good ending and epilogue. I found the narrator to be OK but would have liked a bit more of a range of voices.

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  • Julie
  • 06-14-21

On cloud nine

I enjoyed this book. I have listened to a few books by Dianne Harman and not in the right order, so it was fun to go back in time to listen to this one, it also goes to prove that Dianne's books are great standalone mysteries. I liked this book because even though the murder victim was a nice guy the author still managed to come up with believable and possible motives for his death. The characters are interesting and aided by two loveable pups. I also liked the way the author concluded the story with a round up of what happened to the characters.
With her marriage to Sheriff Mike drawing closer, Kelly decides she needs to take a break from all the wedding planning by visiting the White Cloud Retreat center. On a meditative walk in the woods, she stumbles over the Zen Masters dead body. She receives a warning that both she and Mike are in danger. Can she help keep Mike safe by finding the killer of her friend? The Zen Master was a nice guy but even nice guys make enemies like rival wine sellers, could the brothers be jealous of how well the retreats Pinot Noir sells? What about the retreats staff? Could somebody really want to become the next master and willing to kill for it? What about his own brother? Who has already been in jail? Can Kelly help narrow the suspect list before the big day?
I liked the narrator. She did a good job of bringing the story to life by giving each character there own voice.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.