- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: The Permanent Press (June 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579622828
- ISBN-13: 978-1579622824
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,850,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sexy? Absolutely. Suspenseful? Ditto. Along with her nonstop action, King manages to make foodies and wine aficionados drool. --Library Journal
Numerous plot twists, verbal sparring, humor, and tasty details about wine are woven throughout the story. Those who enjoy Nancy Martin s Roxy Abruzzo s books will like Jean, a similar free
The brisk plot offers surprises even a seasoned reader won t see coming. Lively, well-drawn supporting characters add to the fun. --Publishers Weekly
The mystery of who-killed-Martin is first-rate, and the descriptions of fist fights, gunfire, and stabbings are great fun, but in the end, it s Jean herself who keeps you turning the pages. That sexy broad is irresistible. --Mystery Scene Magazine
Death in a Wine Dark Sea is pleasingly dark but filled with light, intriguingly unconventional while still being a satisfying. It's a red-herring filled mystery, a sensuous feast for all the senses, and a fantastic introduction to a modern-world, thoroughly American, high-society and intrepid Miss Marple for the 2000s. --Sheila Deeth, Gather.com
I became invested in Jean s journey from the beginning which is part of the secret to creating a quality character. I ve found that if I don t stress too much then it all unravels if there s a skilled writer behind the story. Author Lisa King certainly holds a lot of promise in the mystery genre. If you re a wine connoisseur or enjoy the occasional glass of wine, you ll find it ludicrous or delightful as everything Jean eats gets paired with wine illuminated with commentary. --Entertainment Realm
DEATH IN A WINE DARK SEA by Lisa King is for mystery lovers who choose a book because it conforms to the conventions of classic mystery but who want something more than a great puzzle. It is for readers who like surprises, who delight in characters well drawn, who relish stories told in transparent prose with a consistent style. If you are one, you won t want to miss this book, Ms. King s debut novel. --LL Book Review
Jean and Zeppo embark on a chase with enough twists to keep a pretzel factory in business for years....King has a wonderful sense of place. San Francisco and its environs emerge as a colorful character in the story, which she brings to both a sad and an appropriate conclusion. --Reviewing the Evidence
Great pacing, complex characters, and the juicy details of people's darkest secrets make for a book I couldn't put down. I'm sure I won't be alone in hoping for more of Jean and Zeppo. --Crimespree Magazine
About the Author
Lisa King graduated from U.C. Berkley. She has written for San Francisco magazine and among other notable celebrities interviewed Julia Child, who made her lunch (a delicious open-faced omelete browned with a blow torch). Lisa was Wine Spectator's first copy editor and wrote a cover story for the magazine on Thomas Jefferson's love affair with fine wine.
As senior editor of Wine Country Living magazine in Sonoma, she determined conclusively, after exhaustive research, that California produces better wine than Virginia. Lisa is currently a magazine editor in Southern California. She has three children, four cats and a bad dog.
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The pace of DEATH IN A WINE DARK SEA by Lisa King is fast; the plot, pleasingly intricate, the storyline surprising from the start, the suspects numerous and humorous. Reading the book, I could feel, see, and smell the damp San Francisco fog rolling in over the hills.
The descriptions of food and wine are sumptuous; the sketches of characters are often spare, always unique. In addition to the main characters, Jean and Zeppo, I especially liked Roman and won't soon forget the spinning image of Ivan as he makes his first appearance:
"He pulled his shirt up over his barrel chest, showing weathered, hairy skin as he turned in a circle. Generous love handles spilled over his belt."
DEATH IN A WINE DARK SEA by Lisa King is for mystery lovers who choose a book because it conforms to the conventions of classic mystery but who want something more than a great puzzle. It is for readers who like surprises, who delight in characters well drawn, who relish stories told in transparent prose with a consistent style. If you are one, you won't want to miss this book, Ms. King's debut novel.
And it is the first book I have bought in Kindle edition for my iPad. It took a while to figure out how to install the Kindle app on the iPad. That has nothing to do with the book, but I thought I'd throw that in.
I particularly enjoyed the spattering of wine expertise throughout the book. The descriptions of San Francisco and the surrounding areas led me to long for a return to the beautiful city.
I highly recommend this novel, I'm looking forward to staring Lisa Kings next one.
The author introduces characters that are as complex as life. The protagonist is well drawn, a woman of appetite, libido, and impulse. No great housekeeper or driver of cars, she's thirsty for gratification instead -- a particular kind of man, fast cars, idiosyncratic wines. The villains -- and they're more numerous than you might expect -- are devious and dangerous, certainly, but they're also conflicted, and trying in their own way to atone for what they know to be serious mistakes. Human beings.
The author sets the scene in San Francisco masterfully. A tourist could do much worse than follow the characters around the City from in restaurant to neighborhood bar to world-class taqueria. And her comments on French and California wines are a reliable guide for any wine enthusiast.
It was a great read and a real page-turner. Keep 'em coming, Ms. King!
Lisa King's descriptions of food and wine had me drooling and I loved the colorful cast of characters. By the end, I felt as if I knew them and now I am longing for Jean and Zeppo's next adventure. I really hope this book will be continued as a series so we can find out more about Zeppo's past and Jean and Zeppo's future together.