Blood on the Vine (Murder She Wrote, Book 15)

By Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher

Victim within the Vineyard

Jessica Fletcher is vacationing the Napa Valley wine state whereas doing study for her subsequent ebook, and invitations her previous buddy, Scotland backyard detective George Sutherland to affix her at a comfy mattress and Breakfast. No faster do they come than they locate the valley abuzz over the homicide of a waiter on the eating place owned by way of notorious ex-Hollywood heavyweight invoice Ladington. Ladington's blatant womanizing and involvement in a sour winery land dispute have already marked him as a doubtful character--and a potential suspect. but if Ladington turns up lifeless himself from a intended "suicide," Jessica understands assassin is at the loose--and with a bit aid from George, she needs to attempt to bottle up a intent for homicide from an in depth checklist of less-than-vintage suspects...

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Seems like the shirra,” George stated. “The what? ” Bruce stated. “Sorry,” George acknowledged. “I slipped into my Scottish mode. Shirra. Scottish for sheriff. ” “Oh. ” Sheriff Davis seemed within the hallway. “Been exhibiting your houseguests the valuables? ” he requested Bruce. “We have been within the tasting room,” Bruce answered. “Enjoying an early-morning eye-opener, Mrs. Fletcher? ” “We didn’t have any wine,” I stated. “Did you return to determine me? ” Bruce requested. “Matter of truth, no,” the sheriff acknowledged. “I got here to work out your stepmom. ” We waited for another clarification. None was once drawing close. in its place, he stated, “I bought again a initial post-mortem record this morning, in advance of I headed right here. ” We stood silently. “Looks love it wasn’t as simple as we first notion. ” “Dad didn’t devote suicide? ” Bruce acknowledged excitedly. “I didn’t say that,” stated the sheriff, “but the investigation’s going to stay open until eventually we've the reply. ” “Could you be extra particular? ” George requested. The sheriff grew to become and smiled at George. “Sounds to me like you’re now not loads of an informal vacationer as you acknowledged you have been. ” “Just curious,” George stated. “Professional interest? ” George didn’t reply. “Tell you what. How do you want to spend a while with me, see how we seize the undesirable men in Napa Valley? you recognize, arms around the sea and all that. ” George checked out me prior to announcing, “I think that invitation extends to Mrs. Fletcher, too. ” “Give you a little research in your subsequent publication, Mrs. Fletcher? ” “Perhaps. ” “Sure. How approximately day after today morning? 9? ” “That sounds reliable to me,” George acknowledged. “I continuously get pleasure from seeing how different legislations enforcement corporations functionality. ” Davis gave us instructions to his headquarters and left. “I can’t think that,” Bruce stated. “Generous provide of him,” George commented. “Maybe you’ll discover issues approximately how Dad died. this is often nice. ” “We’ll see,” George acknowledged. “Now, let’s visit your father’s learn and feature that speak you’ve been worried to have. ” bankruptcy 16 Our dialog with Bruce was once brief and nonproductive. He had not anything to provide within the method of facts that William Ladington have been murdered, simply stored repeating his trust that somebody had killed his father. i used to be thankful whilst Mercedes entered the room and introduced that Laura wanted him. He excused himself, leaving George and me on my own within the research the place an unforeseen shaft of sun slashed via a niche within the drapes and around the crimson carpeting. George stood, went in the back of the table, and took the chair as soon as occupied by means of Ladington. He narrowed his eyes as he took within the room. “You’re considering? ” I requested. “I’m pondering that your buddy Mr. Ladington didn't take his personal lifestyles. ” “Based upon? ” “Common feel, and the sheriff’s remark. fake I’m Ladington. faux I’ve made up our minds to finish my existence via eating a few type of capsules. What time used to be his physique chanced on, Jessica? ” “I don’t imagine someone stated. ” “We needs to ask. meanwhile, I sit down right here at my table watching the tablet bottle. convinced, I inform myself, it’s time to go away this international. I swallow the drugs. What do I wash them down with?

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