November 2018 - Roses, Wine & Murder - Awarded 5 Stars by Readers' Favorite

  In Roses, Wine & Murder, I depict the contrast between the peaceful wine regions by Long Island Sound, and the historic city of New London, CT. The murder of a wealthy wine connoisseur puts a spotlight on them both and the distinct differences become apparent.  
  My experience as a landscape garden designer brought me to Columbus Circle in New London. I had volunteered to tend the garden for the day with my friend Ann, who worked with the Beautification Committee. This is where the story was born.
  The streets of New London are a labyrinth of interesting nooks and crannies. A tightly mottled city, it has a unique history dating back hundreds of years. Please join me in the escapades of Roxanne and Georgi, while they weave their way deep into trouble, in the 'City of Steeples'!  Enjoy! 
    All the Best, Rose🌹

      
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 Author Notes: My experience of reading mysteries is probably common. When I was in grade school, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes fascinated me with his analytical methods. And what really gripped me, was how he utilized intricate details to solve the crime before anyone else! I then enjoyed being scared by the intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds, Rear Window and Psycho. In the 'Masterpiece Mystery' t.v. series, Agatha Christies character's, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, captured me with their unique personalities and wonderful ways of deduction.

Ye Antientist Burial Ground, New London, CT
  A good murder mystery novel is a thrilling puzzle, a labyrinth for the mind to figure out, What the bleep is going on! If you add in the unusual antics of the characters the drama comes alive. That is why as a reader, it's fun to try and solve a murder from the comfort of a soft chair.

  Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors. He adds the dimension of history, architecture, and a strong sense of place that draws us deep into the story, often as we race along a blood-stained trail. He knows how to hit the I can't put it down sweet-spot for me. I am inspired and only aspire to the level of his craft.

Research Note: My love of nature, photography, and writing allowed me to visit many locations I may not have. A wonderful surprise was the manicured beauty of the vineyards. As I photographed images to capture the ambiance of my story, I saw families picnicking and enjoying an afternoon snack. The parents shared a bottle of wine and the children sipped on lemonade and chased butterflies.
  Every vineyard I visited exhibited a partnership with nature. Hardworking men and women who turn a grape growing farming business into a beautiful elite adventure for their visitors. The result, a  stunning vineyard landscape where the fruit is lovingly cared for and placed in a bottle, to become wine.
Bedell Cellars Vineyards, NY