When her French chef boyfriend inherits an ancient vineyard in Provence, Maggie Newberry leaves Atlanta for the tiny village of St-Buvard and the rich tastes, smells and sights of French country life. But murder has gone long before them and follows close behind.
It seemed impossible that Pete was dead and Angie was in jail; that Glori had been tied up and I had been kidnapped and taken to Tony Lamonte’s house. People usually don’t come back from one of those rides, but the gods must have been smiling and my one-way ride had a return stamped on it.
I’ve had a hunky cop following me for inside information on Pete, of which I had none of. Oh, and lest I forget, my cousin, Glori convinced me to pay a visit to the neighborhood witch to save Angie. I haven’t told you yet that Angie is our youngest cousin and decidedly dumb when it comes to picking husbands.
The story gets better but I’m getting ahead of myself – It really all started a long time ago…..
After midnight, a mysterious stranger appears at the edge of the woods and the peaceful life fifteen-year-old Ellen has with her beloved stepfather Frank is turned upside down. Small town gossip, jealousy and murder strive to tear them apart in a tale of secrets and unrequited love. Clues to the outcome hide throughout the book!
“This stand alone story is fabulous. It was a little nostalgia for me. The setting and all the drama surrounding a woman who’s car breaks down in a small town when she takes a wrong turn. There is love, a mystery and a lot of emotions.” Amazon reviewer
Targeted Age Group:: 16 and older
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A recurring idea to follow the course of a young girl in a healthy relationship with her stepfather was my inspiration. The relationship between the mother and a friend was inspired by Norah Lofts book Lovers All Untrue which is pretty dark. The mother is at the mercy of her friend and because of her situation isn’t able to circumvent the relationship. The daughter, Ellen, figures out what’s happening on her own, and the knowledge guides her to the end.