Seven Deadly Zins–review

This is the second book in the Wine Country series by Nancy J. Parra otherwise known as Nancy Coco who writes the Candy-Coated series set on Mackinac Island. After the first book, the characters grew on me so much that I was anxious to start this book right away after finishing the first. I was glad I had read the first mainly for backstories and knowing the characters better. I was happy to find out that Taylor had backed off quite a bit from blatantly going against the sheriff when he’d tell her not to investigate. I have to admit, it made me nervous every time she would go somewhere, especially in the first book. This time, she only went against orders once…or twice. I guess that’s just who she is, and I’ll have to stop being nervous for her lol.

After the end of the book, there are some suggested pairings for Zinfandel in the line of cheeses and desserts along with a fudge recipe.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley and my opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Seven Deadly Zins (A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery #2)Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There was definitely a lot happening in this second installment from Taylor finding out she’s got wine tour competition to her neighbor who owns a winery being charged with two murders. Lots of secrets were being kept too, and it was a pretty exciting race to the finish towards the end of the book where there was an unexpected twist. The person I thought did it was completely innocent!

I’m really glad that Chelsea, Holly and now Taylor’s investigative reporter friend was back and helping them. We got to meet Sarah, Aunt Jemma’s psychic friend who did contribute a little info about the first murder. Tim Slade was the neighboring winery owner who was charged with murder, not once but twice, and Taylor felt an obligation to him as a friend to investigate and see what she could do, after all, she caught the last killer. At the end of this, everyone was happy doing what they do best.

Gotta admit, I was hoping that Taylor’s rival would end up having to be closed down or be involved with the killings somehow– the woman is just mean and snarky, lol But she’s a go-getter, and just possibly Taylor will learn something about improving her own business by knowing she’s got tough competition. Only the future books can tell for sure! I’m anxious to keep on reading this series!

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A Case of Syrah, Syrah–review

I’ve been wanting to read this now for awhile, because I love another series that Nancy J. Parra writes as Nancy Coco, The Candy-Coated series set on Mackinac Island. This is the first in the Wine Country series set in sunny Sonoma, California. I already know that I’m going to love the next book. These characters are something else! Taylor is one who won’t take no for answer, and her friend Holly is every bit as adventurous. That’s a little bit of a change from what we see a lot. Lots of times, the sidekick is the adventurous one who gets the sleuth into trouble. Taylor did her own share of getting herself into sticky situations. (I was surprised the sheriff didn’t throw her in jail for her own protection lol) I liked the addition of Chelsea, who is a friend of Holly from college and who wouldn’t love Aunt Jemma, the owner of the winery where Taylor lives and is using as home base for her winery tours.

My Goodreads review:

A Case of Syrah, Syrah (A Wine Country Mystery #1)A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d been wanting to read this before I read my ARC of the next book in the series, so I found it on Overdrive to borrow from my library. I just love Nancy’s Candy-Coated series she writes as Nancy Coco, and this series didn’t disappoint either!

Taylor O’Brian ran wine country tours business, but when she came across the dead body of a yoga instructor on her very first tour, that business came to a screeching halt until someone could prove Taylor’s innocence. Her corkscrew was the murder weapon and someone who apparently lied had said they saw her shove the woman off the cliff. Taylor and her bestie, Holly teamed up with a college friend of Holly’s, Chelsea, an investigative free-lance reporter and started snooping around on their own, despite numerous warnings from the sheriff and Taylor’s lawyer. There was a side mystery about identity theft that Taylor was sure had to be connected to what ended up being two murders total. Hopefully she and her friends could solve this before she ended up in jail for something she didn’t do…or became the next murder victim.

Holly is another bestie that you just gotta love! She’s got a ton of enthusiasm and loyalty–but at least she had the sense to stay out of “just one more stake-out.” The showdown was great! Taylor may not have been good at paying attention to people who told her to stop snooping, but she was good at remembering to record things! I loved Aunt Jemma too, what a sweetheart! And the adorable cocker spaniel Millie who came into Taylor’s life was a cute little addition.

I’ll be reading the next book starting a little later today!

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