Books by David Osborn

MURDER IN THE NAPA VALLEY by David Osborn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"Amateurish writing, a dull heroine, and a slap-dash rendering of winemaking—all make for a less-than-memorable third outing for Osborn's fiftysomething sleuth."
Freelance journalist Margaret Barlow (Murder on the Chesapeake, etc.), in California for a hot-air ballooning vacation, agrees to write a magazine piece on a Napa Valley winery—and is soon ensconced in L'Abbaye Ste. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE CHESAPEAKE by David Osborn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"Excellent depiction of boarding-school life, and Margaret, immensely toned down after Murder on Martha's Vineyard, is a likable, middle-aged sleuth—though the plot she perambulates through is still silly and implausible."
Hot-air balloon enthusiast Margaret Barlow returns to her alma mater, the snobby Brides Hall, to check up on her granddaughter after the death of a scholarship student, Mary Hughes, who was found hanged (murder? suicide?) in the bell tower. Read full book review >

Cutesy debut case for amateur sleuth Margaret Barlow, a hip granny, a hot-air balloon enthusiast (shades of the Wentworths), and summer resident of the Vineyard—where her acquaintances include recluse Grace Chadwick, who wears too much makeup and a wig; the Mikele family, who bought Grace's house but can take possession of it only after her death; the snobby Rose Perkins and her orgy-minded daughter Estelle; poor old Essie, Margaret's ballooning chum; a youngish doctor and his dramatically inclined girlfriend; and assorted local businessmen. Read full book review >