1. Bitter Finish

    The Michael Spraggue Mysteries

    Linda Barnes

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    To save his winery, independently wealthy actor and former PI Michael Spraggue investigates a Napa Valley slaying

    Shooting on location in Boston for a new film, Michael Spraggue has just tumbled down a flight of stairs when a call comes in from California. On the line is Kate Holloway, Michael’s on-again-off-again lover and partner in a fledgling California winery. It’s harvest time and their winemaker has disappeared. Right after Kate reported him missing, the police found a corpse on their property, the victim so savagely murdered that identification is close to impossible. Now Kate is in jail.

    Soon after Michael arrives in Napa, a second body turns up and the police become convinced that Kate is the killer. To save his winery and free his girl, Michael will have to find the real killer before the harvest comes in.

    Bitter Finishis the 2nd book in the Michael Spraggue Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • “A fine job—expertly written, with an ingenious wine caper set in the Napa Valley.” —TheNew York Times Book Review

  • “A heady blend of wine and murder. . . . A polished production. . . . It has an attractive flavor and definite charm. We’d rate it 16/20 and ready to enjoy now.” —Food & Wine

  • “The finale staged in a storage room filled with empty kegs, with Spraggue pitted against a megalomaniac killer, is a real thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

  • “An exciting tour through the mystery and history of wine-making.” —The Pittsburgh Press

  • “Thanks to the intriguing wine-biz detail and a hero with panache: lively, solid mystery-entertainment.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes is the award-winning author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her witty, private investigator heroine has been hailed as "a true original" by Sue Grafton. Barnes has also written the Michael Spraggue mystery series and a stand-alone novel, The Perfect Ghost. A winner of the Anthony Award and an Edgar and Shamus Award finalist, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and son. You can visit her at www.LindaBarnes.com.