Grapes of Death - Joni Folger

Elise has a problem but in a good way.  She works with her family on their winery in the Texas Hill Country developing new hybrid grape vines to make their grapes more drought resistent and flavorful and she loves it but she's just been offered a dream job in horticultural research by her handsome boyfriend that would provide a glamorous life in Dallas.  What's a girl to do?  

When Elise returns home after a weekend in Dallas to contemplate her choices, she walks into the family home to find her mom and her Uncle Edmond in the midst of a very heated "discussion."  Things go downhill from there and eventually dead bodies start turning up.  

This first book in the Tangled Vines mystery series has a somewhat predictable villian but the mystery was still interesting.  It is well written and enjoyable but not surprising.  The characters are believable but predictable. I do like the family dynamics because they remind me of my family. The family gets along well and loves each other but that doesn't mean they don't disagree at times. Definitely an entertaining myster with a little romance. So why not 4 stars?  It felt a little thin at first.  It took my a few chapters to get interested. I was quite caught up in the story by the end but it took a while to get that way.  Nevertheless, I already have the second on of the series on my Kindle and I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm betting it gets more stars. Overall, an enjoyable story for cozy lovers, just give yourself time to get into it.

I received this book through Netgalley and I appreciated the opportunity to read and review it.