Sunday, March 10, 2013
Wine on Ice, by Cheryl Rogers
Cheryl Rogers runs a vinyard near Perth, Australia and writes excellent mystery stories - she's been featured here before. Her regular character is a cop, nicknamed Spanners, who makes up in knowledge of engines what she lacks in social graces. Her rival for success is a botanist-cop who prefers bicycles to cars. One gets the impression their boss doesn't like either of them very much.
But he needs their help to investigate the death of a wealth wine grower who was apparently drunk at a huge party (although Spanners notes, she was never seen "tired and emotional" in public before, that being a non-libelous newspaper code for bombed).
Interesting characters, witty dialog, satisfactory plot.