Corked by Cabernet by Michele Scott is the fifth book in the “Wine Lover’s” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), February 2009
Nikki Sands, manager of the Malveaux Estates in Napa Valley—and girlfriend of the owner—is blissfully happy. Until a guru’s devotee is killed on the famous Napa Valley Wine train and ruins her peace of mind.
This book features Nikki Sands, manager of Malveaux Estate in Napa Valley. Having recently moved in with her boyfriend, Derek Malveaux, Nikki is looking forward to their future together when he tells her that a guru and his followers will be staying at the winery’s boutique hotel and spa and wants her to be the event coordinator for their retreat. Derek also informs her that he won’t be able to help because he has to fly out to New York to complete a deal with a client. On their first outing, one of the followers is found murdered with a cork in his mouth. Being the amateur sleuth that she is, and along with help from Derek’s brother Simon and Simon’s partner, Marco, they will aid the police in uncorking the killer. I enjoyed this cozy mystery and the recipes included in the book. [3.5 stars – liked it]