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Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery? Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. But she has other obligations too, like the food photography for the annual Whine & Roses Benefit poster. Dre Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery? Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. But she has other obligations too, like the food photography for the annual Whine & Roses Benefit poster. Dreading her meeting for the poster, Willa gets a surprise when she arrives for the meeting and the vineyard owner is dead. With her mother-in-law as the prime suspect, Willa reluctantly gets involved in the investigation. In the process, she learns of the many secrets the vineyard owners of Pear, California are hiding, which puts her directly in the killer’s line of fire. Included in this novel are recipes and food and wine pairing suggestions.


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Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery? Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. But she has other obligations too, like the food photography for the annual Whine & Roses Benefit poster. Dre Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery? Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. But she has other obligations too, like the food photography for the annual Whine & Roses Benefit poster. Dreading her meeting for the poster, Willa gets a surprise when she arrives for the meeting and the vineyard owner is dead. With her mother-in-law as the prime suspect, Willa reluctantly gets involved in the investigation. In the process, she learns of the many secrets the vineyard owners of Pear, California are hiding, which puts her directly in the killer’s line of fire. Included in this novel are recipes and food and wine pairing suggestions.

30 review for Pasta Pinot & Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy - Books & Munches

    An interesting story, but simply not quite what I expected for a murder mystery - cozy or not. The main character felt like she kept intruding and getting involved in things she shouldn't, asking questions that were none of her business. However nobody really remarked on it or fought her on what she was doing? That alone felt off to me. The story itself was good though; liked it. Wasn't too predictable either. And the food-aspect? Safe to say I loved that! Especially loved the recipes mentioned at An interesting story, but simply not quite what I expected for a murder mystery - cozy or not. The main character felt like she kept intruding and getting involved in things she shouldn't, asking questions that were none of her business. However nobody really remarked on it or fought her on what she was doing? That alone felt off to me. The story itself was good though; liked it. Wasn't too predictable either. And the food-aspect? Safe to say I loved that! Especially loved the recipes mentioned at the end of the book. Need to try those out sometime. 3 / 5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gina Lorax

    Tedious writing. Every little thing was described in more detail than necessary. She washed her hands and then she dried them. No! Really? You didn't leave them wet? Wow. She made a cup of coffee for like the third or fourth time and still described it step by step. Even though how she took the coffee was exactly the same. Then Willa carried her mug of coffee by the handle. Who cares? It doesn't move the story forward. It doesn't connect the reader to the character. It's just wasted words. Willa Tedious writing. Every little thing was described in more detail than necessary. She washed her hands and then she dried them. No! Really? You didn't leave them wet? Wow. She made a cup of coffee for like the third or fourth time and still described it step by step. Even though how she took the coffee was exactly the same. Then Willa carried her mug of coffee by the handle. Who cares? It doesn't move the story forward. It doesn't connect the reader to the character. It's just wasted words. Willa made coffee for her and Hattie. And then brought it to the table and then put the her coffee in front of her and the other coffee in front of Hattie. No?! Really? You mean you didn't put your coffee in front of Hattie?! Wow! Who'd have thunk it? 🤦🏻‍♀️ The story itself could've been a lot more interesting if all the stupid, unimportant details were left out. It just made it wordy and hard to connect to the characters. I won't be reading any more in the series as I just don't care about Willa and the rest.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Loudin

    A wonderful, tasteful mystery! Learning a little about food photography was an unexpected bonus with yummy fast, easy recipes included! Not your regular mystery which added to its novelty! I thoroughly enjoyed this new-to-me author and I look forward to another book in this collection!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wachter

    A Willa Friday Culinary Cozy Mystery, Bk 1, Nook-M, @ 2017, read 2/2/19. Fiction, mystery, vineyards, restaurants, food. When a food blogger/photographer/stylist goes to meet with her Mother-in-law's best friend for a charity fundraiser, she finds the woman dead in her own home. She gets involved because she suspects her M-I-L. Pretty far-fetched. She's not very bright confronting possible suspects. The real PD play it much closer to the vest when working to solve a crime. 2☆'s = Just Okay.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    A very quick, easy read. I find it hard to identify with a woman who makes her living photographing fake food and policemen who are happy to discuss a murder investigation with nosy locals. The narrative trips happily along but this is a world whose values I reject.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gloria ~ mzglorybe

    3.5 star rating. A cozy mystery and recipes. Meet Willa Friday, food blogger and food photographer, which requires styling food for the photographs. I found the topic interesting, especially when they use "fake" food and drink to look real for a photo and what they use to do it. No wonder, I thought, my husband always asks me when he sees commercials for food..."why doesn't it look like that when you actually get one in your hand?" Well, it's cause there are professionals who arrange food or fake 3.5 star rating. A cozy mystery and recipes. Meet Willa Friday, food blogger and food photographer, which requires styling food for the photographs. I found the topic interesting, especially when they use "fake" food and drink to look real for a photo and what they use to do it. No wonder, I thought, my husband always asks me when he sees commercials for food..."why doesn't it look like that when you actually get one in your hand?" Well, it's cause there are professionals who arrange food or fake food to look its best. Willa lives with her ex-husband on a winery that his family owns which includes an upscale restaurant. In fact, her ex, Peter is a chef, and that is how they met. They are very amicable with each other even divorced. When Willa accidentally uncovers a top client has been murdered in her own home, in fact the victim is her mother-in-law's best friend, it opens a can of worms, that brings about some sleuthing on her part to find out who actually killed the woman. Humorous in parts, sad in others, interesting in many, I did enjoy the read and recommend it to any lover of clean, cozy mysteries.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Hmmm What I liked ... The price The setting -Sonoma Valley is gorgeous country! The length What I hope gets improved for the next book... More character development Less of a story rush - the length pushed the story to conclude without letting the characters become real and plot really unfold

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    quick, easy, frivolous read. enjoyable, but not memorable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Decent first in series with a tasty foodie twist.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A quick, easy read; a good 3.5*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    A toast to murder A very good mystery. The plot was very strong and the subplots kept the reader guessing. Great characters and story development.j

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    It's written like the 6th book in a series not the first. You have no description of the characters and no emotional connection to them. There was no mystery I had it figured out from the time the murderer was introduced. However there are some tasty recipes at the back and it's a really easy read. Great for a camping trip or bath tub relax.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    2.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ambrosia

    This seemed like a cute set-up: cozy murder mystery in Sonoma wine country. But there are many holes in the plot (not the murder mystery - I didn't read that far). The main character constantly says that she loves her ex-husband but couldn't be his wife. Doesn't really explain that - other than he did have an affair. And they still.live together. But at 63%, she hadn't explained what's going on. (Or why she let him name their daughter "Tomorrow"!!!) And the food blogger/photographer MC sticks her This seemed like a cute set-up: cozy murder mystery in Sonoma wine country. But there are many holes in the plot (not the murder mystery - I didn't read that far). The main character constantly says that she loves her ex-husband but couldn't be his wife. Doesn't really explain that - other than he did have an affair. And they still.live together. But at 63%, she hadn't explained what's going on. (Or why she let him name their daughter "Tomorrow"!!!) And the food blogger/photographer MC sticks her nose into the murder - with no real explanation for why. Or why people let her push her way around. She's playing private investigator with no background, no real motivation, despite breaking down after (view spoiler)[ finding the body. (hide spoiler)] . Wtf. And she gets mad at her ex-mother-in-law because she doesn't want her college-aged daughter (who admittedly seems unusually sheltered) to know that someone she knows was murdered. But is it really reasonable that she won't find out? Even if it IS solved before she comes home?? Seems like a weak excuse to put a time pressure on the solution. The writing isn't horrible, but the characterizations could use a lot of work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/pa... Title: Pasta Pinot & Murder Series: Willa Friday Food & Wine Mystery By: Jamie Lee Scott ASIN: B071HH5JR1 Author’s Website: http://www.jamieleescott.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery? Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. Bu http://openbooksociety.com/article/pa... Title: Pasta Pinot & Murder Series: Willa Friday Food & Wine Mystery By: Jamie Lee Scott ASIN: B071HH5JR1 Author’s Website: http://www.jamieleescott.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery? Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. But she has other obligations too, like the food photography for the annual Whine & Roses Benefit poster. Dreading her meeting for the poster, Willa gets a surprise when she arrives for the meeting and the vineyard owner is dead. With her mother-in-law as the prime suspect, Willa reluctantly gets involved in the investigation. In the process, she learns of the many secrets the vineyard owners of Pear, California are hiding, which puts her directly in the killer’s line of fire. Review: I felt right at home with Willa in wine country. And now that I have finished the book – I ask myself – why have I never read a book by Jamie Lee Scott before? Pasta Pinot & Murder is the first in the new series “Willa Friday Food & Wine Mystery” by Jamie Lee Scott. I must say, right from the beginning I was comfortable with the storytelling and writing style as well as the flow of the story. The characters were also relatable – though I must say – who actually lives with their ex? I am interested in seeing where (if at all) that goes. This book (and I suspect entire series, as it gets written) will embody several things I enjoy – wine, food and photography. I was kept in the dark as to ‘whodunit’ for most of the story – which is exactly how I like my mysteries. The whole town and surrounding wine country brought back memories of a wine tour in California I took a number of years ago. I could visualize the wineries, the town and this made the story so relatable (well, except for the murder part, of course). Willa Friday is the main writer and owner of A Dish in Time food blog. Her blog is more than just about food; it is also about wine. She lives in the Sonoma Valley on a family owned winery along the Russian river (her ex-husbands family to be exact). The way Willa describes her work certainly makes me want to be food blogger and photographer: “…This was the fun of food styling and photography for me. The magic of making a mouthwatering plate of food, then taking pictures of my creation in all of its glory; the perpetual beautiful food or drink.” Willa has committed herself to the annual Whine and Roses benefit; a task it seems she is not too keen on: “I had to admit, I even got a sour taste in my mouth when W&R was mentioned.” Willa dreaded the meeting with Alice (organizer of the benefit), but it was a necessary evil, after all she did get paid well for this event. This is when the murder mystery begins for when Willa approaches Alice’s house, she notices that the door is slightly ajar. Hmmm…Willa enters the home, walking slowly into the kitchen area…and then she notices the shattered crystal pitcher and…. Alice dead on the floor. The list of potential suspects is long enough and includes Willa’s mother-in-law (oh…ex-mother-in-law actually). Since Willa is living at the winery, she feels a responsibility to figure out who killed Alice. From there the fun begins as Willa sleuths away. And of course there is the requisite police department – but it seems that they just can’t figure it out. Good thing Willa is giving them a hand ☺. I quite enjoyed Willa’s sarcastic wit and banter: “Hattie’s husband had died long ago, right after I married Peter. Alice’s poor husband was dying a long, slow death. That was mean. I didn’t mean it like that. Aw heck, I guess I did.” To reiterate, while I had suspicions about “whodunit”, I was pleased that my suspicions were not confirmed until the end. The author introduced the characters with just enough information and past history to make them part of the story, yet leaving us wanting more. I suspect (but will have to confirm this) that these characters will be featured more prominently in the books to come? A mystery for me to solve ☺ As hoped, there are a number of recipes at the back and I can’t wait to try the Cucumber Avocado sandwich with Pomegranate mayo…sounds delicious! I found this mystery a delight to read and I will certainly seek out more titles by Jamie Lee Scott. My first foray into her writing was a success.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I normally love books like this, that's why I picked it up. I loved that Willa was a food blogger and photographer... but man this book just made me really dislike Willa. (I'm currently 88% through it and DNF'ed it before I saw how far I was so I might actually finish it to see if it's the person I thought). I was into her until she started investigating the murder. For one, she GRILLS her MIL whose best friend was the person murdered (Alice), basically accusing her of doing it, a mere hour after I normally love books like this, that's why I picked it up. I loved that Willa was a food blogger and photographer... but man this book just made me really dislike Willa. (I'm currently 88% through it and DNF'ed it before I saw how far I was so I might actually finish it to see if it's the person I thought). I was into her until she started investigating the murder. For one, she GRILLS her MIL whose best friend was the person murdered (Alice), basically accusing her of doing it, a mere hour after the MIL finds out, while the MIL is literally sitting at a bar drinking (and we're told she almost NEVER drinks) and sobbing her eyes out. Then when she goes to give an official statement she grills the cops more than they grill her and they actually give her private case information??? LIke hellllllo? The next day she grills her MIL some more as she's still sad as heck (and hungover), and then asks if she has a key to Alice's house? To go check it for evidence? "Maybe I'll find something the cops didn't' and yet we're told before this point that Willa kinda dislikes Alice and never goes to her house except for events and this yearly meeting for a charity? And you think you're going to see something out of a place in a place you're in say 3 times a year? and the MIL just gives it to her to get her out of her hair (that's how I read it anyway). So she goes to the house and the husband is there (he was on vacation when it happened), and he's like 'um wtf?' 'lol just here to upstage the cops!' 'seems legit come on in' 'so how were you and your wife getting along' 'oh we're getting a divorce but she didn't want anyone to know, also here let me show you were we keep our secret security system and I'll let you copy the tapes and look them over while I go give my statement to the cops instead of like, having them over here overlooking them because my WIFE WAS MURDERED IN THIS HOUSE AND THIS MIGHT HELP FIND HER KILLER but I'll just give it to you random bored woman' AND THEN LEAVES HER ALONE IN THE HOUSE????? (also this is suspect AF? 'hi I'm the woman who found your wife dead, I now have a key to your house so please show me where you keep your secret security footage and leave me alone here to 'copy' them.') and then SHE doesn't even bother mentioning this to the cops 'oh hey I have a video of the killer walking into the house' and y'all, I literally put the book down and looked around in a 'wtf????" way. then she goes and blabs about the divorce (that Alice and her husband didn't want anyone to know about) to anyone that would listen, in public and is even... ecstatic when she tells her MIL and some other random friend of the MIL and Alice, book quote: "It took every ounce of energy not to smile. I loved knowing more than they did." LIKE you really can't respect Alice's wishes not to have her divorce public? If she wanted her two best friends to know she would have told them when she was alive. She never goes to the cops about anything, she tells OTHER PEOPLE not to go to the cops and they listen to her (????????), then when she finally tells the cops one little bit of news he's like 'oh okay I'll go talk to him' and she's just like 'UM I'm going too I DESERVE to be there' and that's when I dnf'ed the book after I was like 'BITCH No?' out loud in my empty room. And throughout it all she's like 'how did I get stuck in the middle of this?' BECAUSE YOU INSERTED YOURSELF???? You took a human sized shoehorn and just stuck it right in there! Wedged yourself in good and tight! I'm sure there's more I'm missing, I'm sure there's going to be more to annoy me if I finish the last... 12% of the book, but I'm done, I can't put any more energy into this book tonight

  17. 5 out of 5

    M

    I checked this out because it was free on Kindle. It had an interesting concept, as the main character was a food stylist and blogger, and it seemed like it would be quite fun to read. It was a quick read, and not very layered. I expect a murder mystery to have some level of complexity, but this did not. I'm okay with unlikable and/or unreliable narrators or victims or any sundry characters, but at least make it work. The premise was shallow at best, and as mentioned, I did read through it very I checked this out because it was free on Kindle. It had an interesting concept, as the main character was a food stylist and blogger, and it seemed like it would be quite fun to read. It was a quick read, and not very layered. I expect a murder mystery to have some level of complexity, but this did not. I'm okay with unlikable and/or unreliable narrators or victims or any sundry characters, but at least make it work. The premise was shallow at best, and as mentioned, I did read through it very quickly. That was only because I try not to DNF books as far as possible, otherwise this would have made the cut. The protagonist, Willa, just goes around inserting herself into the investigation when it is actually no business of hers. And somehow local law enforcement authorities are completely okay with this nonsense, and are even happy to divulge private details about the ongoing investigation. It is quite illogical, and God, the details. Such unnecessary details. We don't need to know that she dries her hands after washing them. Or that to eat something, you have to move it from the serving dish to your plate. Who knew things worked like that? Not us readers, I suppose.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Willa Friday runs a food blog, lives with her ex-husband, and rents her home and office space from her ex-mother in law, who owns the land and vineyard that she lives on. Their daughter, her assistant is starting college so she has hired a new one who is a professionally trained chef. She tends to have a catty attitude toward others who like to flaunt their wealth and believe they are better than others. Dreading a meeting with Alice Parker to get the basics for a poster for a planned event. Inst Willa Friday runs a food blog, lives with her ex-husband, and rents her home and office space from her ex-mother in law, who owns the land and vineyard that she lives on. Their daughter, her assistant is starting college so she has hired a new one who is a professionally trained chef. She tends to have a catty attitude toward others who like to flaunt their wealth and believe they are better than others. Dreading a meeting with Alice Parker to get the basics for a poster for a planned event. Instead of finding an uptight tyrant prepared for a meeting, she finds Alice has been murdered. And her ex-mother in law is the prime suspect. This was a fun first story with interesting characters that was written in a way that has a lot of different directions it can go. I'm looking forward to the next one to find out what happens next. This was a clean story that was well written that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    Jamie Lee Scott's foray into a milder genre has exactly the result one would expect of her work! Pasta Pinot & Murder is excellent! A strong and interesting main character is supported by intriguing secondary characters and I am dying to spend more time with all of them. I love that the victim was not generally likeable but that there were still people who were touched by her death; life is not all black and white, and books that reflect the grays usually have more depth.The plot worked. Twists Jamie Lee Scott's foray into a milder genre has exactly the result one would expect of her work! Pasta Pinot & Murder is excellent! A strong and interesting main character is supported by intriguing secondary characters and I am dying to spend more time with all of them. I love that the victim was not generally likeable but that there were still people who were touched by her death; life is not all black and white, and books that reflect the grays usually have more depth.The plot worked. Twists abound in her relationships and in the mystery. Yes, in true cozy mystery fashion an amateur pushed her way into an investigation into murder but her actions fit the person and the situation well enough to make her detecting generally believable; she did make one decision that fit the traditional cozy genre but for the most part this book is one of the new cozies that are intelligent as well as fun. I was fascinated by Willa's work as a stylist and hope that Ms. Scott continues to include that part of Willa's work in future novels. I can't wait for the next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Payne

    I don't do book reviews....... I don't do book reviews like you keep seeing, as I find that some give too much of the plot away and I personally hate that, as it makes the book not worth reading. I much prefer to take the authors back cover write up as a review as it can either intrigue you enough to read the book of provide you enough information to make you decide that the book is not for you. My review rules are: The more stars, the more I liked it. If there are too many typos or errors the less I don't do book reviews....... I don't do book reviews like you keep seeing, as I find that some give too much of the plot away and I personally hate that, as it makes the book not worth reading. I much prefer to take the authors back cover write up as a review as it can either intrigue you enough to read the book of provide you enough information to make you decide that the book is not for you. My review rules are: The more stars, the more I liked it. If there are too many typos or errors the less stars I give If the storyline or plot is poor or contains too many errors, the characters are too weak, the ending lacking something, then the less stars I give. Simple, uncomplicated and to the point without giving anything away. Some of the books I read have been given to me by the author as a pre-release copy and this does not bias my reviews in any way.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindy Hoppr

    Well....it read like it was in the middle of a series instead of the first book. There were a lot of family dynamics that were stated as an assumed to have already been covered. As a book in the middle of the series, it was good. As a book that begins a series though, there was a lot missing from the character relationship introductions-especially since there was a lot of unconventional relationships throughout the book. As far as the plot goes, enough suspects were introduced that I found the b Well....it read like it was in the middle of a series instead of the first book. There were a lot of family dynamics that were stated as an assumed to have already been covered. As a book in the middle of the series, it was good. As a book that begins a series though, there was a lot missing from the character relationship introductions-especially since there was a lot of unconventional relationships throughout the book. As far as the plot goes, enough suspects were introduced that I found the book to be very interesting and not at all transparent, even though some of the characters were a little one-dimensional. I do like the food photography angle, and also like the recipes in the blog.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    A saucy book about wineries, chefs and food bloggers. You probably wouldn’t think all these things work together. However, on this book they surely do. Two old friends own wineries next to each other and have been great friends for just as long. Each winery has its own business yet work well with the other. Suddenly one day it comes unraveled as the two friends have an argument and one of the ladies is found dead in her home later the same day. The characters are remarkable in this engaging stor A saucy book about wineries, chefs and food bloggers. You probably wouldn’t think all these things work together. However, on this book they surely do. Two old friends own wineries next to each other and have been great friends for just as long. Each winery has its own business yet work well with the other. Suddenly one day it comes unraveled as the two friends have an argument and one of the ladies is found dead in her home later the same day. The characters are remarkable in this engaging story. Who killed this woman in her own home? Was it her best friend? Or her husband or maybe his mistress?? Oh my gosh, who did it??

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Truths, half truths and downright lies abound A good little read but I felt it could have done with a bit more oomph. Living with her ex and building a new career should be enough for anyone. However her ex mother-in-law is constantly getting her involved in her own schemes. One such leaves her discovering the body of her ex mother-in-law closest friend. Who would want to hurt her. Lies and half truths abound and even though she doesn't want to get involved, she does. Will she be able to uncover Truths, half truths and downright lies abound A good little read but I felt it could have done with a bit more oomph. Living with her ex and building a new career should be enough for anyone. However her ex mother-in-law is constantly getting her involved in her own schemes. One such leaves her discovering the body of her ex mother-in-law closest friend. Who would want to hurt her. Lies and half truths abound and even though she doesn't want to get involved, she does. Will she be able to uncover the truth in the Web around her? A different kind of storyline but really not for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    BAM!!! This is a page turning, sizzling new series. Willa is well developed, loveable and quirky enough to draw the reader in and keep them coming back for more. I loved the whole concept and can't wait to see what comes next along with delicious recipe ideas that the whole family will enjoy. Fellow readers grab your fork and spoon and get ready to indulge yourself in a delectable new series with the Friday's.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Goetz

    Willa and Peter have a unique living arrangement and unique relatiship! I enjoyed this short book, fun read but are there really people like Willa, Peter and Hattie? Perhaps yes, perhaps no, but the author made made me wonder about it. Read it you will enjoy it be introduced to some interesting recipes. The cucumber avocado sandwich with pomegranate dressing sounds good enough to try.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Pelham

    A lovely mix of an intriguing profession and mystery Pasta Pinot & Murder checks all the boxes for a great cozy. Intrepid heroine. Interesting, somewhat unavailable love interest. Cast of interesting characters, including beautiful best friend and feisty seniors. Lots of lovely food. Law enforcement good, but not good enough. There is an issue of wanton crime scene contamination, but we can overlook that, right? A lovely mix of an intriguing profession and mystery Pasta Pinot & Murder checks all the boxes for a great cozy. Intrepid heroine. Interesting, somewhat unavailable love interest. Cast of interesting characters, including beautiful best friend and feisty seniors. Lots of lovely food. Law enforcement good, but not good enough. There is an issue of wanton crime scene contamination, but we can overlook that, right?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    All my favourite things, Food, Wine and Murder. A great first in a new series for Jamie Lee Scott and I have to say I loved it, the characters were engaging, the storyline was interesting the setting was gorgeously described throughout the book and I love that the author combine food wine and murder together but not just a winery and restaurant, Willa being a food stylist and blogger adds a refreshingly new element to the story. Impressive mystery

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I'd give a 0 if I could. I'm a therapist and always look for and believe in strength however this was the worst writing I've ever read. I have a personal issue with not leaving things unresolved thus I forced myself to finish the book....however I wanted to throw it away the whole time. I painfully finished via forcing reading during commercials. No wonder why it was free on Bookbub. I'm sorry Ms. Scott!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and I can't wait for more. The main character is Willa, who marries into a very rich winery owning family. Though she is no longer married, she is still involved in many parts of the running of it all. She goes over to see the owner of the neighboring winery and finds her body. She finds herself involved in find out who done it. It almost gets her killed. Look forward to the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Harley

    Whether I like a mystery series or not depends on the main character. While this novel is well-written and I know many people will like it, I did not find the main character to my liking. I did not connect with Willa Friday, a writer and owner of a food blog. The novel is set in wine country in California. Willa lives in a house with her ex-husband who owns and operates a restaurant. His mother owns the property and a winery.

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