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Killer Cuvee: Winemaker Series Kindle Edition

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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.

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Overlake Media (October 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097GFRPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Storm on December 13, 2012
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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 By NW1 on September 1, 2012
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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 By s4shon on November 9, 2012
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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 By bekiss on December 10, 2012
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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 By seattle attorney on September 13, 2012
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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 By Pat S. Michigan on 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 By SVM on September 4, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy kindle #2 on 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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