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Killer Cuvee: Winemaker Series [Kindle Edition]

Steven M Wells
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eric Savage loves his new life as a small artisanal winemaker in Walla Walla, Washington. A painful divorce and a corporate career are but distant memories as Eric settles into the rhythm of small town living. Abruptly, his agreeable life and passion for winemaking are upended by a mysterious murder and accusations that Eric is guilty of the crime. A killer is on the loose, and Eric is the perfect fall guy.

After eluding police, Eric flies to London and the scene of the crime in a calculated attempt to find the real killer. There he encounters a determined and attractive FBI Agent who has her own reasons for investigating the murder. An attraction between them flourishes as they team up to find the killer. But as the body-count increases, and the killer eludes them, Eric doubts his life will ever be the same.

Killer Cuvée is a blend of real world winemaking, murder, and romance. Authentic scenes of winemaking will interest anyone who has enjoyed a glass of fine wine.

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About the Author

Steve Wells lives in Bellevue, Washington. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Seattle University. After a long career in the high-tech industry, Steve decided to give the left side of his brain a rest by studying nonfiction writing at the University of Washington and winemaking at South Seattle Community College, where he received a degree in wine production. Steve has published several magazine articles and a short book titled Ginger’s Story: A Golden Retriever Reflects upon Her Life with Humans. He has also worked in a number of local wineries in the Seattle area. While not writing, drinking wine, or walking his dogs, Steve is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area, serving as board chair, volunteer, or consultant. He also likes to hike, bike, and swim.

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Overlake Media (October 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097GFRPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money December 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The only positive thing I can say about this book is that it was a free download. I don't think it's free anymore. It started out OK, but got progressively worse. I cringed by the time I got to the last two chapters, but made myself finish since I was mercifully close to the end. The characters often said and did things that didn't make sense, especially the daughter of the main character. The writer switched from first person to narrative, depending on which character was telling parts of the story in different chapters. Very annoying and distracting. The writer also couldn't describe most of the female characters without talking about their firm breasts or shapely legs. A mention here or there would be OK, but he overdid it. He described one of the characters are being "typically British: polite and reserved". Huh? Where did that inaccurate stereotype come from? One of the worst books I have ever read. I will not read any more books by this writer. I wish I had read other 1-star reviews of this book before I downloaded it. Big waste of time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read September 1, 2012
By NW1
Format:Paperback
Steve has written an outstanding book. For me to enjoy a book it must capture me within the first chapter or two or it goes on the shelf. This book not only captured me immediately, but I found not one chapter which didn't have my rapt attention. I couldn't put it down. All the elements of romance, mystery and wine making are there. The detail on geographic location and the wine making set it apart and are simply superb. This is a fun, intriguing and educational read. A must have. Enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth reading November 9, 2012
By s4shon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The positive reviews must all come from the author's friends. This book was poorly written and had a ridiculously implausible plot. The dialogue was stilted and artificial and the "lessons" about winemaking were superficial. I found myself rolling my eyes and skipping pages throughout. The worst book I have read in a long time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars painfully obvious December 10, 2012
By bekiss
Format:Kindle Edition
The entire story was painfully obvious and utterly unbelievable. The characters choices and motivations were nonsensical not to mention completely unrealistic from a law enforcement perspective. A good book to read if you absolutely hate surprises
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wine, murder and divorce packed in one fast read September 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
On a recent cross country business trip, I had the great fortune to read a new novel, Killer Cuvée. The central plot of the book involves an emerging winemaker in Walla Walla, Washington, who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in which he is the primary suspect. The author does a skillful job of character development, but I found myself wanting just a bit more. For example, the lead female character is a dedicated FBI agent, passionate about fighting crime, and I found myself wanting to know more about her past. What makes her tick?

Scenes in Walla Walla and London are detailed and well written, and quickly place the reader inside the action. The pace of the book is quick, and it kept my interest throughout, making my hours in an airplane seem almost enjoyable. I never wanted to put it down.

As much as I enjoyed the telling of the story, including some interesting perspective on relationships, divorce, and romance, my appreciation for this book grew through its written descriptions of the life of a small winemaker. I gained insight into the hard work and knowledge which go into crafting the bottles of wine I routinely enjoy. It's clear the author has spent a fair amount of time in a winery. The cover of the book is a clever replica of a wine label and as it promises, Killer Cuvée, successfully blends intrigue, romance, and winemaking into a very readable story. I heartily recommend it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars borrrring November 10, 2012
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This was a long, boring book. Not much of a story line or plot. Just a lot of winemaking information & a lot of wine drinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to pick up November 20, 2012
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This was one of the worst books I have read in a long time. The style of writing was not very engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Steve!! September 4, 2012
By SVM
Format:Paperback
Killer Cuvée is an extraordinary debut novel by Steve Wells; the story, an exquisite combination of the life of a winemaker in Eastern Washington, the long-term pain of betrayal, and the suspense of a murder make it a book you will reflect on long after you've finished. Steve's writing style brilliantly captures the science and passion of wine-making with engineer-like precision, detail and accuracy; his portrayal of the grief associated with divorce is tender, heartfelt and insightful; and the murder mystery is cleverly woven throughout the story. The rich and precise details Steve includes make it particularly meaningful and unique. You'll enjoy every word, and learn along the way. Brilliant! A must read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic story, dispassionately told
The plot sounded interesting and back when I downloaded the book, the rating was up to 4 stars - maybe I should have waited until other readers than the author's friends had given... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cloudy
1.0 out of 5 stars Killer read
When I say killer read, I don't mean in a good way. This book was a drag to get through. Not only was it very predictable, but there were so many unnecessary details in it, I found... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Claudia
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Book
I bought this to read on my Kindle while on vacation because the setting and subject matter sounded fun. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DJB
3.0 out of 5 stars Wine Class
When writing about love, murder and wine making you undertake a huge task.
The author needs to continue in his development of his writing. This novel shows promise.
Published 17 months ago by T. Childs
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful
Many times I wanted to stop reading, but somehow managed to finish this book. Not much of a mystery here and the main character was not someone I cared about.
Published 20 months ago by L. Wiedemer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Washington wine enthusiasts!
The interplay of the technical wine making information and fast paced murder story was perfect. For those who have come to love wine and exploring it with the awe of a child,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by GREG S BLAIR
2.0 out of 5 stars Killer Cuvee: Winemaker Series
I was disappointed in this book. As a person that works at a winery, I found his discriptions interesting, but I'm not sure if other readers would need all that information about... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Regina Hafemann
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get into this one...
I had to remove it after a few chapters. I am sure it is a fine selection, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Published 22 months ago by Carol Zillig
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I like to read northwest authors, and/or books about the northwest, and mysteries, and I love wine!. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sharon McElroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Winemaker series
I really enjoyed this book, since I had just returned from a vacation in Napa. Writing was very good and story roped you in from the start. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lisa Rizzo
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More About the Author

Steve Wells lives in Washington State. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Seattle University. After a long career in the high-tech industry, Steve decided to give the left side of his brain a rest by studying writing at the University of Washington, where he received a certificate in nonfiction writing, and studying winemaking at South Seattle Community College, where he received a degree in wine production.

Steve has published several magazine articles and a short book titled "Ginger's Story: A Golden Retriever Reflects upon Her Life with Humans." He has also worked in a number of local wineries in the Seattle area, including DeLILLE Cellars.

While not writing, drinking wine, or walking his dogs, Steve is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area, serving as board chair, volunteer, or consultant. He also likes to hike, bike, and swim.

Steve can be contacted at steve@thewinemakerseries.com

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