“Regional theater fans will welcome Price’s engaging first mystery featuring Ohio crime analyst Caitlyn Tilson Pepper. When Cait receives word from a lawyer that she’s inherited from her father’s twin sister (a relative she didn’t even know existed) a vineyard and two Shakespearean theaters in northern California, she at first can’t believe it. But the chance that she is indeed this unknown aunt’s rightful heir is enough to prompt her to fly to California, where she soon finds herself, with the aid of Royal “RT” Tanner, a Navy SEAL and stage manager of the theaters, looking into her aunt’s mysterious death as well as other suspicious recent deaths. Despite attempts on her life, Cait decides to give up her job and relocate to California in order to ferret out the truth. The ending will catch most readers by surprise.”
“Sometimes one forgets the comfort of a cozy mystery, especially when one is in the sure hands of a true storyteller. Carole Price has spun a tale in the Livermore Valley full of vibrant characters, classic red herrings and an array of juicy suspects that Agatha Christie would smile and nod upon.”
“An unexpected inheritance gives recently widowed Ohio crime analyst Caitlyn Tilson Pepper loads of chances to exercise her investigative talents.
When Cait receives a phone call from a California lawyer telling her that she’s inherited a vineyard and two Shakespearean theaters, she thinks it’s an April Fools’ joke. Finally convinced, Cait makes the trip and discovers that Tasha Tilson Bening was her aunt, her father’s unknown-to-her twin. Since her parents are both dead, it’s up to Cait to make sense of the family secrets on her own. She meets Navy SEAL Royal Tanner, who’s been watching the place on Tasha’s behalf ever since a series of unsettling incidents occurred, and Tasha’s secretary, Marcus Singer, whose criminal record and unforthcoming demeanor make for an uneasy relationship with his new boss. After learning that her aunt’s death may have been murder rather than the heart attack attorney Stanton Lane had mentioned, Cait must decide whether she wants to remain on the valuable and fascinating property or return to Ohio. As Cait digs deeper into her family’s past, she uncovers some shocking news that will change her life. But the troubling past may not be the only factor to place her in mortal danger if she continues with her plans to take over the reins of her aunt’s enterprises.
Suspense and romance, though not much mystery, meet in Price’s debut, first in a planned series.”
“Set among the lush vineyards of a California estate, TWISTED VINES is a rich blend of sophistication and danger. The soothing ambience of the Shakespearean theaters creates a sharp contrast to a series of unexpected deaths and the harrowing close calls of the book’s strong leading character. A robust start to what I hope is a long series.”
“Price is an accomplished writer and provides enough excitement and twist to hold the reader until the end. Many readers will be surprised at the solution. Price plans further novels related to the Shakespearean theater.”
“I loved this book! It’s the perfect combination–Shakespeare theater and wine country! The protagonist, Cate, is a smart ex-cop who investigates a murder at her newly acquired winery in the Livermore Valley. The author knows her police procedurals – very impressive. And there’s a great love interest! Can’t wait for the next one.”
“Author Carole Price transplants the Oregon Shakespeare Theatre to a vineyard in Northern California and by killing off the founder, introduces Caitlyn Tilson Pepper who carries the arc of the narrative. Don’t mistake Twisted Vines as a cozy, because it’s not – Cait has to contend with several deaths, and her background as a crime analyst makes her the perfect protag – systematic, courageous and methodological (even when it comes to love). She speaks her mind as she moves through the scenes, weighing and balancing each suspect in turn, as she gains a better understanding of the vineyards, theatre, and of the mystery.
There’s lots of backstage action in Twisted Vines, for those who love theatre, light mystery and the beautiful Northern California setting.”