Title: Blood Vines
Author: Erica Spindler
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
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!