By Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher

Victim within the Vineyard

Jessica Fletcher is vacationing the Napa Valley wine nation whereas doing examine for her subsequent booklet, and invitations her outdated pal, Scotland backyard detective George Sutherland to hitch her at a comfy mattress and Breakfast. No quicker do they come than they locate the valley abuzz over the homicide of a waiter on the eating place owned by means of notorious ex-Hollywood heavyweight invoice Ladington. Ladington's blatant womanizing and involvement in a sour winery land dispute have already marked him as a doubtful character--and a potential suspect. but if Ladington turns up useless himself from a meant "suicide," Jessica is aware assassin is at the loose--and with a bit support from George, she needs to attempt to bottle up a reason for homicide from an in depth record of less-than-vintage suspects...

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While are you off for California? ” he requested absently. “Day after the next day to come. ” “You’ll be spendin’ your entire time at Margaret and Craig’s bed-and-breakfast? ” “No. I’m staying on the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco for a number of days, then going to Napa. ” “Maybe you’ll run into that outdated coot, Ladington, whereas you’re there. ” “Maybe I will,” I stated, refilling our cups. Seth laughed. “John is maybe keen on Ladington’s wines simply because he needs he used to be like him,” Seth stated. “You recognize, larger than existence, a woman’s guy. ” “I doubt it,” I acknowledged. “John St. Clair might by no means permit sentimentality to persuade his choices. He’s a purist in terms of wine. ” Seth checked out his watch. “Better be heading home,” he stated. “I’ve received an entire condominium of sufferers the next day to come. thank you for the tea. It had a candy jammy nostril, lingers well at the palate. ” “Don’t be so cynical,” I stated, jogging him to the door. “I was once tempted to cite anything else to John approximately wine,” he stated. “Which used to be? ” “Disraeli. He acknowledged, ‘I just like undesirable wine ... one will get so tired of strong wine. ’ ” “I’m pleased you didn’t. thank you for the journey. We’ll speak earlier than I go away. ” I sat in mattress and reread letters I’d bought from former Cabot Covers, Craig and Margaret Snasdell. regardless of the place I shuttle, there regularly appears to be like anyone who’s spent at the very least a component to their lives the following, and who enjoys touching base with present citizens. Craig and Margaret have been a favored, appealing couple in Cabot Cove. He was once tall and solidly outfitted, with a powerful chin and reddish hair; there has been a resemblance to the actor Robert Redford. Margaret, too, used to be tall and willowy, 5 ft 9 inches, with a powerful mane of blond hair and a grin that melted snow in midwinter Maine. while they’d lived in Cabot Cove, Margaret used to be a nurse, Craig an autonomous assurance agent focusing on car coverage. They’d regularly talked of possessing and working a bed-and-breakfast, ideally in a space with much less critical climate than we event in Maine. They’d made their needs identified to actual property brokers in northern California and waited patiently till the suitable estate got here out there, a 10,000 sq. foot, 1892 manor condo, Cedar Gables, designed through a British architect named Ernest Cox-head to mirror the Shakespearian period. They have been extremely joyful while their bid was once permitted, and we held an tricky going-away occasion for them the evening sooner than they moved. Their letters and coffee mobilephone calls regularly ended with a call for participation for me to be their visitor at Cedar Gables resort. the images they despatched of the resort confirmed each point of it, in and out, and the extra I checked out them, and thought of it, the extra i needed to take them up on their supply. i used to be among writing books in October, and were sneezing and coughing because the starting of the month. This used to be an ideal time to break out for every week or . there has been an extra incentive, although. I’d been toying with the assumption of surroundings my subsequent secret novel in a vineyard, and this is able to provide me an opportunity to do a little analysis whereas having fun with myself.

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