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A Toast To Murder is a well plotted cozy that has reached maturity and pairs with a comfortable chair for a pleasant reading experience. 

A great summer read to be paired with a yummy glass of vino!


After this pivotal scene, the story really gains momentum. You don't have to be a longtime reader to care about who would shoot into a wedding ceremony. --ca-reviews.blogspot.com

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Product Details

  • Series: A Wine Lover's Mystery (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233924
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up knowing I wanted to be a writer. I'm very close to my family and friends and I love being around them. I also enjoy talking with and being around other writers because writing can be isolating.

The other passion in my life are my horses. They nourish the soul and in many ways keep me sane. It's a busy life. I have three kids, write full time, manage the house and sprinkle in a few more responsibilities in there and some sanity (or equine therapy) is needed.

I write books that I hope make people laugh a little, escape from the stress of day to day life and hopefully they feel a connection to my characters.

Something kind of funny and ironic about me is that I don't know how to type. I hunt and peck, so my first drafts have tons of mistakes. I really wish I'd taken typing in school.

I love to cook, but hate to clean--but love a clean house, so every Saturday I spend my day cleaning house. I'm a creative cook and can never create the same recipe twice and this makes it hard for me to get down the recipes in The Wine Lover's Mysteries just so.

Being a writer as a career is a very hard job. It takes a lot of patience, tenacity, a willingness to hear others say you suck, and a certain kind of masochistic personality because as I just pointed out--it's not easy. However, writing for me is like breathing. It's my life, like my family and my animals. It's who I am. It's my hope to connect with others through my writing. I hope I connect with you!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sevenmoonlight on April 17, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sixth book in "A Wine Lover's Mystery" with the main character of Nikki Sands who once starred in a short lived TV series but now manages a vineyard. The setting is current day in Napa Valley on the Malveaux Estates/Vineyard

In book one Nikki gives up the last of her dreams of being an actress in Hollywood and takes a job at the Malveaux vineyard working for Derek - the owner. Throughout the books there has been increasing romantic tension between Nikki and Derek even though both were dating other people. Most significantly Nikki was dating the manager of another vineyard, Andres and Derek briefly dated Renee Rothschild before coming together - and both Andres and Renee are back in this installment.

The story begins with introducing Violet, the newly adopted toddler of Simon (Derek's brother) and his partner Marco. Violet falls asleep with Nikki and upon waking finds gum stuck in her hair. Only a few days before her wedding to Derek (that's right - they are tying the knot) the gum must be cut out and Simon gets the hairdresser to turn Nikki into a platinum blond while he is at it. The fact is established early that Nikki has been receiving notes, even text messages with the theme "Do you believe in fate?" and signed with the Greek words Moros Apate Thanatos (Doom, Deceit and Death) and that morning she had received a newspaper clipping of Derek's first marriage notice to Meredith (first book - she is now in jail and Nikki helped put her there).

To add to the complications to Nikki's life and approaching wedding, Patrice, Derek's step mother, comes back uninvited and moves in claiming the vineyard is her home. Patrice was in the first book and hated Nikki then and probably still does. The stess mounts and Nikki is trying her best not to be a Bridezilla.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jessica on April 9, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is A LOT going on in this book! Nikki and Derek are super busy with making sure every detail is ready for their wedding. Derek's college friends all come into town for the wedding and they each packed a suitcase full of secrets. A couple of Derek's friends are pretty awful, leaving Nikki to question how her fiance could be friends with such jerks. However, it is easy to bring to mind friends that we all have from our past that seem to stick around just because you have been friends with them for so long. Add to that divorce, affairs and children and things start to get crazy.
As if dealing with Derek's friends' drama isn't enough....Simon and Marco have adopted a baby, Simon's evil cougar mother has descended on the vineyard with her creepy 20-something new husband to move back into the mansion, Derek's ex-girlfriend is trying to sabotage the wedding, Nikki and Derek are receiving ominous notes, Nikki has a hair emergency and last but not least, Andre is back and still in love with Nikki. Phew!
Chaos ensues and gives Nikki some serious cold feet. There are plenty of suspects and red herrings in this book and the author does a great job of giving the reader clues without being obvious. Since there are sub-mysteries galore, it is pretty tough to know which clues fit with which mystery. I really enjoyed Nikki and Derek's reactions to all of the murder and mayhem and I was happy to see them support each other and not have too many "miscommunications".
As usual, the sense of place was terrific and the recipes look fabulous. You will definitely want to curl up with a glass of wine and those delicious crostinis. On a side note, I was pleased to see Bonterra wines featured. I love Bonterra, especially the Cabernet, and its the best organic wine I have had as of yet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on October 3, 2011
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Every book in this series has been stunning, awesome, entertaining, very well-written, a perfect work of art.

But this book is even better. The author has really outdone herself on this one. It is so entertaining and well-written and interesting and good, that after I got to a certain point (which wasn't very far into the book), I could not put it down.

Characterization and setting are superb. I feel the characters are real and that I know them and love them (except for the bad guys, of course). Settings/atmosphere is amazing. For example, in this book, when Simon took Nikki to the beauty parlor (the second one), I felt I could almost smell the beauty parlor smells and felt the atmosphere of a beauty parlor. That's pretty good writing. The whole setting of the book is fine and delicate, luxurious, clean, and comfortable. I feel the atmosphere of the winery, the restaurant, the hotel, the home, etc. as glamorous, perfect, elegant.

In this particular book, Nikki and Derek are planning their wedding. Friends are coming to Napa Valley for the ceremony and festivities. Will Nikki like Derek's friends? Will the parties be happy and full of comradery? Will the wedding be beautiful and perfect? Will everything go smoothly and as planned?

I wish I could answer all these questions, but that would ruin the book. I cannot say more.

I will say that Simon is a character. It's hard to not like Simon. Derek's brother Simon has been with us in all these books. He's something else.

Nikki is a strong character. I love and admire her. She stands up for what she believes in and doesn't let anybody bully her around. And at the same time, is a good person.
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