A Wine Country Mystery

Wildfires swept across California wine country in 2017, destroying thousands of homes and businesses and killing dozens of people. Law school grad and single mother Tara Rezeck finds herself in the middle of the catastrophe. When she returns to her job at the most award-winning winery in Sonoma, she finds her employer’s body in the ashes.

The question that challenges her brains and her legal training is: was it an accident? Or was his body burned to hide evidence of murder?

From Chapter 1

The air in the truck was thick with heat and smoke. Tara tasted ash in her throat. To the west on the left, Tara could see blue sky through the windshield above the scrub-covered, brown slopes. But on her side, east, grey clouds that faded to black at the horizon blocked the sky. A slope fell away beyond the road’s narrow shoulder, smoke obscuring the vineyards she knew grew there. Opening a window would only let in the smoke, and it was already hard to breathe.

Tara clutched the door handle as the truck fishtailed. She heard the crunch of tires on the narrow gravel shoulder. Roberto wrestled the wheel, bringing the truck back on course.

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What readers say

“[Scott Bury’s] first venture into crime/thriller fiction, is really good! Wine country, during the recent fires, a look into real winemaking, well developed characters, California scenery, well, add who done it, did they, who was it? A great read, hopefully working into a great series! Highly recommended!”
—Bonnie T., Amazon reviewer

“This book carries you through the return to the winery after the fire to find the truth. It keeps you guessing until the final pages.”
—Kenneth Lingenfelter, Amazon reviewer (verified purchase)

“Great start to a new series. Really looking forward to finding out more about Tara and her new job. It starts out at a run, and keeps you hooked til the end.”
—Diane G., review by Amazon verified purchaser

“This was a great story.”
—Cora Hannold, review by Amazon verified purchaser

“Scott Bury made me feel like I was right there with Tara in the inferno burning around the winery restaurant.”
—Joy A. Lorton, Amazon reviewer


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