Book Review: Blood Vines – Erica Spindler

Title: Blood Vines
Author: Erica Spindler
ISBN: 9780312363925
Pages: 352
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Alexandra Clarkson knows nothing of her father or her early life.  Her mother Patsy has always kept it a secret from her, insisting that she doesn’t know who Alex’s father was, even though Alex believes she’s lying.  When Patsy is found dead, Alexandra decides to start digging into her past and is shocked by what she finds – and what she’s forgotten.

Review:

I’ve been on a bit of a mystery kick lately, so a mystery set in California’s wine country sounded great to me.  The setting was part of what really made this book so much fun.  Spindler does a great job evoking the atmosphere of Sonoma.  While we don’t get a lot of information on the process of making wine, there’s enough there to make it believable.

The mystery in Blood Vines was really intriguing.  This was one book I really couldn’t put down.  I intended to just read the first few chapters, and ended up devouring the entire book in one sitting.  Spindler kept me guessing at every twist and turn; I definitely couldn’t have predicted what happened.  At the same time, though, I had to suspend my sense of disbelief in order to accept what was going on.  I didn’t have a problem doing that, and thus enjoyed the book.

I really liked Blood Vines and definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a gripping mystery.  I’m definitely going to peruse Spindler’s back catalog and read more of her novels soon!

Comments

  1. I do like a good mystery but really haven’t read many lately. The setting of this one intrigues me.

  2. I do like a good mystery but really haven’t read many lately. The setting of this one intrigues me.

  3. This is an author that has been around for a while I think. I’ve never read any of her books though. Always love a book with family secrets in the past!

  4. This is an author that has been around for a while I think. I’ve never read any of her books though. Always love a book with family secrets in the past!

  5. Well I’m a sucker for a good mystery series. I haven’t read one of her novels yet.

  6. Well I’m a sucker for a good mystery series. I haven’t read one of her novels yet.

  7. “Murder mystery” and “wine” is about all I need to hear to make me want to read something. Thanks for bringing it to my attention…I may have to buy it, read it, then donate it to my friend with the wine shop!

  8. “Murder mystery” and “wine” is about all I need to hear to make me want to read something. Thanks for bringing it to my attention…I may have to buy it, read it, then donate it to my friend with the wine shop!

  9. I’m on a mystery kick myself, and I hadn’t heard of this author. I’ll definitely keep her in mind!

  10. I’m on a mystery kick myself, and I hadn’t heard of this author. I’ll definitely keep her in mind!

  11. I’ve been craving mysteries, and I’m not familiar with this author. The book sounds great, and we’re planning to honeymoon in wine country, so the setting sounds lovely too.

  12. I’ve been craving mysteries, and I’m not familiar with this author. The book sounds great, and we’re planning to honeymoon in wine country, so the setting sounds lovely too.

  13. This sounds like a good find, especially if it was gripping enough to read in one sitting! I love a good mystery and the idea of a wine country setting.

  14. This sounds like a good find, especially if it was gripping enough to read in one sitting! I love a good mystery and the idea of a wine country setting.

  15. Sounds like a great pick. And the plot is intriguing too. I will keep this author in mind!

  16. Sounds like a great pick. And the plot is intriguing too. I will keep this author in mind!

  17. It definitely sounds intriguing – I also like the cover!

  18. It definitely sounds intriguing – I also like the cover!

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