A wine writer turns sleuth when a friend’s bridegroom dies in mysterious circumstances.
Martin Wingo is not the kind of guy you’d want to end up with one of your friends. So when Jean Applequist is invited to Martin’s wedding to her old buddy Diane, she’s anything but excited. Sure, the party is on a yacht, which provides ample opportunities for Jean and boyfriend Peter to, um, explore, but that’s the most Jean anticipates will happen—that is, until the ceremony, at which point Martin vanishes suspiciously from the ship. When his body is recovered some days later, Diane, distraught, implores Jean to investigate with Martin’s young lackey, Zeppo. Getting involved in investigating with Zeppo teaches Jean a little bit more about the unsavory business Martin was running behind his real estate development front. Their discoveries show that Martin was involved in dangerous dealings, and the two have to figure out which of several well-motivated suspects got to kill him first. Their sleuthing also brings Jean closer than she anticipated to Zeppo, who has until now always seemed like a geeky little brother to the more worldly and sophisticated Jean.
An unremarkable debut with reasonable pacing but character types that have been worn-out in the genre. Is it too much to hope that the series will age like a fine wine?