A Cypress Cove Mystery
Carlene O’Neil grew up in the heart of Northern California Wine Country and is a wine specialist, certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. A former television writer, she currently makes her home outside Los Angeles, where she can be found sailing in the Santa Monica Bay or doing research for her next novel. Clearly, any novel set in wine country requires extensive research. One Foot in the Grape is her debut novel.
In California wine country, the town of Cypress Cove may seem peaceful. But someone’s about to pop their cork
After losing her job as a photojournalist, Penny Lively is trying to get her life back in focus. Inheriting the family winery from her late aunt may be the fresh start she needs. Thankfully she’s got her niece Hayley and her handsome winery manager Connor to help. But the person in need of more urgent assistance is Antonia Martinelli, the owner of the neighboring winery, who has her own barrel full of problems. Someone’s spoiling her wine, and with the upcoming Autumn Festival, she needs Penny’s nose for clues to sniff out the culprit.
But Penny’s search for answers sours after the body of a staff member is found in a grape crusher. Since Hayley was the last to see him alive, she’s the prime suspect in the case. Now Penny must hurry to find the real killer before Hayley withers on the vine
"One Foot in the Grape has the bouquet of fine wine (and mysteries): piquant, heady, and satisfyingly surprising."—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Go Home
"One Foot In The Grape is a barrel full of textured plot twists, robust characters, and sparkling suspense. O'Neil has written a mystery of the highest reserve. It left me thirsty for more, and I can't wait for her to pour me another." -Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Chocolate Demise