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  • A Fun Cozy Mystery

    A fun cozy mystery that I had a hard time putting down. Ainsley and her sidekick, George Clooney are trying to prove her friend, Mike did not commit the murder. As the list of suspects increase, Ainsley's life might be jeopardy too. So enjoyed this book, a great community of friends. Loved the characters, especially George. Kept me guessing until the end. This is a new author for me, looking forward to her next book.

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  • Fun Cozy Read

    I loved reading A Case for the Winemaker by Candace Havens book one in her Ainsley McGregor mystery series. Ainsley McGregor, a former, and now part-time, English professor, followed her dream and opened an artisan market in Sweet River, Texas. The market, “Bless Your Art”, would be a central location for local artists to sell their merchandise and teach classes, as well as hopefully bring tourists to the town. This space was filled to the rafters with colorful art, yarn, jewelry, pet treats, jellies, antiques and even a few medieval weapons. Can’t forget the wine and wine tastings. Then there’s the little problem of Ainsley’s Great Dane finding a dead body, while on their walk. When her friend is accused of the murder, Ainsley knows she has to figure out what happened and who the real killer is. Her protective brother, the sheriff, sure wasn’t going to let her help nor would his warning her to stop investigating. Then there’s the “Murder Board” that many of the vendors and town folk worked on, helping to figure out who the killer could be. If she didn’t find the killer soon she might be the next victim. I genuinely enjoyed reading this funny, sweet and intriguing book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms Havens kept me on my toes guessing who the killer was, until I turned the last page. Her writing had me feeling as if I was there, watching the events unfold. I loved reading about Ainsley’s friendship with and crush on her brother’s friend, but who were off limits because of that bro code. I do hope that changes in future books. I highly recommend A Case for the Winemaker to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • A great fun read

    Not only is this a new author for me but it is also a genre that I haven't read a great deal of and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was no angst or major drama It just flowed along and the characters and setting where the making of the story I am not going to rehash the story line you can read that in the blurb what I will say is that George Clooney almost in fact probably does steal the show. I am also looking forward to a future romance that may or may not brew for Ainsley

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  • Cozy Mystery

    A Case for the Winemaker by Candace Havens is a fun cozy mystery read with a new Sweet River, Texas resident. Ainsley McGregor has left the world of academia to start an art emporium there in Sweet River. The idea is wonderful for this story giving many different artisans for her to be in contact with over the course of the book. Hopefully this will be a series. Right as the crat market is opening, Ainsley along with her dog run across a dead body, foul play for sure. As she works to find the guilty party and vindicate the innocent, problems arise. It is not unusual for the homegrown sleuth to have problems with the police, but it is unusual for the Sheriff to be a brother. Little extras like this in the plotting of this story make it such an entertaining read. An ARC of the book was given to me by Tule Publishing which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Fun start t0 a new cozy mystery series.

    In the late 2000’s, (doesn’t that sound so long ago), I read the two books in Candace Havens’ Caruthers Sisters series, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. I was disappointed when more didn’t come out. So when I saw that Havens had a new cozy mystery series, I knew I wanted to read it. First off, George Clooney, her Great Dane, steals the show. The way he talks, grunts, and knows what people are saying is so true to that breed. And I love that the whole town is down to help with the murder board even though it’s supposed to be a secret. It starts off with the book club members, then Ainsley’s college students jump in, and then the rest of the town. I’ve found more cozies incorporating murder boards recently, which I love. I wonder if the authors got the ideas from the various Hallmark Mystery Movies that use them, or from Trial and Error, a two season comedy TV show, that I absolutely loved. The mystery was done well, but I felt like it could have used a few more suspects, just because to me it was obvious early on who the killer was. But that did not stop me from enjoying A Case for the Winemaker. With all the characters, the artisanal gallery, and the adorable town in Texas, Havens has tons of potential for future books. I’m looking forward to getting to know the book club members more, and already some of the college students are really pulling their weight when it comes to assisting Ainsley with her investigating. In most cozies you have some law official who tells the ameatur sleuth to stay away from the crime, and in this series it’s her brother. I’m glad he didn’t go overboard with his demands and realized he needed to find ways to help her stay safe. And there are so many alpha males, who play nicely with each other, in this book that it adds a dollop of deliciousness to the story. It’ll be interesting to see if Ainsley’s attraction for any of them heats up in the future. A fun start to a new cozy series and I’m looking forward to book two, A Case for the Yarn Maker, which comes out on April 16, 2020.

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