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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa King Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Imagine a sophisticated thirty-two-year old Nancy Drew who has a career as a wine magazine writer, is not interested in monogamy, and has the kind of sex appeal only an independent woman can possess. Meet Jean Applequist.

Though she despises the groom, Jean boards an elegant yacht in San Francisco Bay for the wedding of her good friend Diane and wealthy real estate developer Martin Wingo. But things go terribly wrong, the evening ending in tragedy rather than celebration when, after exchanging vows, Wingo disappears into the bay.

Diane asks Jean to investigate Martin’s murder out of fear that the police will uncover too many of his secrets. Jean agrees but discovers it’s not easy to find out who killed a blackmailer and womanizer: the list of potential suspects is long.

Joining forces with the young and geeky Zeppo, Martin’s former assistant, and armed with the details of Martin’s operation, Jean soon finds herself way ahead of the San Francisco homicide detectives—a dangerous place to be.

Jean and Zeppo’s questioning of Martin’s victims elicits strong reactions, from fear to rage to attempted murder, that endanger them both and force Jean to fight for her life—twice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…A tale of lust, greed, and revenge…The brisk plot offers surprises even a seasoned reader won’t see coming.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An eye-popping read that puts the sizzle into romantic suspense…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 books will like Jean, a similar free spirit.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela Taylor | 11/28/2013

    " Jean Applequist is not your usual heroine, nor is Zeppo your usual hero. Large cast of interesting characters, very easy to keep straight. This mystery is very imaginative making this book an intrigueing read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel Cotterill | 10/31/2013

    " This is a grim mystery/thriller, with strong and intriguing characters - particularly the lead, Jean, who sets about investigating the mysterious disappearance of her best friend's husband. A great read, with loads of red herrings and possible suspects that kept me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhonda Stone | 10/15/2013

    " A lot of twist and turns "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kari | 10/12/2013

    " Checked this one out because it had "wine" in the title. Characters were a little underdeveloped, and there were too many of them! But Jean Applequist was a spunky, willing sleuth, so that was fun. "

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About the Author

Lisa King graduated from UC Berkley. She has written for San Francisco magazine and interviewed, among other notable celebrities, Julia Child, who made her lunch. King 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. She is currently a magazine editor in Southern California. She has three children, four cats, and a bad dog.