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Esbeth Walters is 72 and shouldn't be messing around with murder, but when Texas Hill Country winemaster Win Castle pits his sons against each other over the inheritance of a 21,000-acre spread including the winery where Esbeth works part-time, the result is murder, and Esbeth is in the middle of it. Texas Ranger Tillis Macrory and Sheriff Watkins think she knows more than she's telling.
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Russ Hall, who lives in a cottage on a lake in the Hill Country of central Texas, is the author of six previous published books, most recently: World Gone Wrong, The Blue Eyed Indian, Wildcat Did Growl, and Island.From Booklist:
Set in his native Hill Country, Hall's rollicking Texas mystery focuses not on oil barons but on grape tycoons. The wealthy Castle family runs a 21,000-acre cattle ranch that also happens to house a successful vineyard. Patriarch Win Castle, whose heart is failing, pits his adult sons against each other in a ridiculous macho battle for control of the estate. Younger Chaz is more aggressive and triumphs--until he's found dead in the fermentation room. Older brother Kyle is immediately a suspect, but when his mother is also killed, the field broadens. In fact, the Castles' deplorable treatment of their employees gives almost everyone a motive. Helping Ranger Tillis MacCrory solve the case is 72-year-old Esbeth Waters, a tough-yet-tender Texas dame who gives tours at the winery and doesn't suffer fools gladly. Hall's vivid portrait of the dysfunctional Castles and their disgruntled staff is peppered with interesting tidbits about wine making and Texas lore. Gorgeous scenery, memorable characters, and plenty of suspense--as spicy as a Texas merlot. Jenny McLarin
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Book Description Five Star, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX1594140286
Book Description Five Star, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1594140286
Book Description Five Star, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 225 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1594140286