Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)

by J.C. Eaton


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Lyrical Underground (March 26, 2019) 
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108035 
ISBN-13: 978-1516108039 
Digital ASIN: B07F5XDH41

There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.
As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.
The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .

 Norrie Ellington would much rather be writing screenplays and dealing with romance.
However since she is covering management of a winery for her sister it seems she has become somewhat of a murder magnet.
This book takes place around the major holidays as well as hunting season. With people coming and going, besides the sounds of carols, there is the sound of gunshots on the breeze. When the first bit of disastrous news arrives, it concerns hijacking of red wine, followed shortly thereafter by tampering with wooden casks and security systems. Someone knows what they are doing. 
Is this to raise the price of wine or to get their hands on a business?
When Norrie and dog pal discover a body, all bets are off and the crazies come crawling out of the corners, including a trio of nuns with motive. Add to that the most unusual will any attorney has ever heard of and you have a mystery with something new on every page to keep you guessing.
You will have a hard time putting this book down. Will Norrie ever find time to get back to her own script?
Brush up your own Nancy Drew skills and see if you can detect a murderer.

About the Authors

  Ann I. Goldfarb  &  James Clapp

New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. 
Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) was released in June 2017.
In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at and

James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. 
His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) was released in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.
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