James Ryder has it all. A founding pioneer of the Oregon wine industry, he has the stately good looks of a gentleman farmer, the perfect family, an ample bank account, and the prestige of owning one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries. His youngest daughter has taken up the torch to become the second generation winemaker at Ryder Estate. His only problem is those pesky developers from Nevada who want to put a destination resort/spa right up the hill from his vineyard. Ryder won’t have it, as he is quick to tell Max Weatherman, a representative of the developers, during the Salmon Bake at the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville. It’s a blistering hot night. Tempers flare, fisticuffs ensue, and short while late, Ryder is found dead, stabbed in a porta-potty at the very festival he helped found. Enter the not-so-intrepid Emma Golden. A friend and admirer of Ryder, she wants to find out who killed him. But nobody can find the man who might be able to answer her questions. Max Weatherman has vanished, and a lot of people are looking for him.
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This third installment of Judy Nedry’s Emma Golden Mysteries finds our amateur sleuth ambivalent about looking into the death of her friend, winemaker James Ryder. However, she can’t help herself. Emma has grit. She is compelling and endearing (sort of!) as she unravels another murder in Oregon’s wine country. Author Nedry knows wine country. Her vivid, sometimes lyrical, descriptions of the land and her wine industry savvy enrich this plot and our understanding of a complex business and its people. And once again, AmaEmma’s no-nonsense approach to crime solving kept me turning pages until I had all the answers.
~ Jennifer K.
Judy Nedry graduated University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and spent more than 20 years documenting the growth of the Pacific Northwest wine and food industries. She parlays this experience, plus her knowledge of small rural communities, into the Emma Golden Mystery Series which debuted in 2009 with “An Unholy Alliance” set in the vineyard-covered hills southwest of Portland, Oregon.
The second in the series, “The Difficult Sister,” is set on the remote southern Oregon coast. It was released in November, 2013.
“The Man Who Wasn’t There” is the third book in the series. In this book, Emma Golden returns to wine country to enjoy the traditional Salmon Bake at the International Pinot Noir Celebration. The evening is ruined when her friend, pioneer winemaker James Ryder, is found murdered.
The author resides in Portland, Oregon.
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