Monday, April 13, 2015

An Unholy Alliance - First Chapter/First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

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      When I discovered that An Unholy Alliance takes place in Oregon's wine country - an area I've visited more than once - I wanted to read it. And when I learned that the main character is in her fifties, I was sold! So many of the book's settings were familiar to me, described beautifully by author Judy Nedry. The mystery kept me turning pages (well... clicking on my Kindle), and the well-developed characters (who have problems of their own) kept me interested in the plot's outcome. It was fun to learn more about vineyards and the wine-making industry too.
      An Unholy Alliance is the first book in the Emma Golden Mysteries series. The second book The Difficult Sister takes two fifty-something women on a road trip down the Oregon coast. I can't wait to read that one too!

First Paragraph:
Prologue
Friday Night
He waited in the half light a little drunk, a little floaty, but with that constant edge of irritation that had grown so much worse in the past couple years that he couldn't remember when he'd last been rid of it. Surely only during sleep, which was troubled now on the best of nights.

Teaser (from 59% on my Kindle):
For alcohol, we are told, is a subtle foe - all good times and laughter until the day it quits working and fun is no longer part of the equation. It is replaced by terror and self-loathing so great that only a drink or a drug will quiet the screaming in your brain. On that day you learn that one drink is too many and a thousand are not enough.

Genre: Mystery
Length: 336 Pages
Amazon Link: An Unholy Alliance
Author Website: Judy Nedry

Synopsis from Goodreads:
     Like many women in their fifties, Emma Golden feels invisible. She lives quietly in her Portland, Oregon bungalow and minds her own business. But her tranquil life is about to change. She is asked to return to the rolling hills of her former wine country home south of the city to supervise a friend's bed and breakfast inn near Dundee. Emma arrives at the Westerly Inn during grape harvest. She is under contract to write a book about Oregon wineries, and it's business as usual until she discovers one of her subjects dead in a wine vat-murdered at his own dinner party.
     Cougar Crossing Winery owner Ted Maxell was a ruthless and dishonest newcomer to the northern Willamette Valley wine scene. Many people wanted him gone-including his son, many local winegrowers, and even Emma's ex-husband, Dwight. Then Maxell's daughter, Tiffany, calls Emma and begs for assistance. "I know who killed my father," she wails. When Emma answers Tiffany's cry for help, she finds herself drawn into the search for a murderer or murderers with secrets worth killing for.



Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you're reading. No spoilers, please!
Link at ADailyRhythm.com





First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you're reading or thinking about reading soon.


24 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You had me at wine country, a Portland, Oregon bungalow, and an older character....and I love the excerpts! Adding it to my list now...thanks!

Literary Feline said...

I love reading a book set in a familiar spot. I haven't heard of this book, but it does sound good!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Ditto what Laurel-Rain said...adding this one to my list too.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/04/first-chapter-first-paragraph-102.html

Rita @ View From My Home said...

Sounds so good! I like books with main characters around my age, as this one is. I would keep reading.

Cleo Bannister said...

It sounds good to me, I like that it features more mature characters. Here is my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/first-chapter-first-paragraph-april-14/

Suzie Quint said...

Cozies usually aren't my thing, but it does have some nice features like the wine country. This is probably something I'd sample before buying.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sandy, I like when the main characters are older - you don;t see that a lot. I would keep reading, the intro makes me curious.

Beth F said...

Me too -- love the setting and I really like the passages you shared. I'd keep going.

JoAnn said...

I like this one, too! Older characters and wine country are both big draws.

Kay said...

I love Oregon period. So, for me, any book set there is worth taking a look at. And the next one you describe, a trip down the Oregon Coast - love it!!

Juli Rahel said...

Oooh, very exciting! I love books which are set in places I know well because it just really helps you "see" the story! Although I know next to nothing about America, this book sounds really good. Wine is great, but dying because of it is not worth it! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
My Tuesday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

Paulita said...

Reading a book that takes place you're familiar with and with characters in your same generation does add to the fun. Here's Mine

JC Jones said...

I enjoy books set places I have visited too. This sounds like a good mystery.

Taralei N. Griffin said...

Sounds very interesting!
Here's my teaser, a historical novel about Ancient Rome:
http://taralei.me/teaser-tuesday-apr-14/

Tobi Summers said...

Ooh, this looks really interesting!

Thanks for commenting on mine!

Monica's Bookish Life said...

This looks like a winner. I do like it that the main character is in her 50s. I've never been to Oregon before, but the setting of the wine country there sounds interesting. I'd keep reading!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

The intro didn't really grab me, but I love the teaser. So true, so true.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Good teaser and interesting location.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2015/04/teaser-tuesday_14.html

Claudia Arroyo said...

This does sound like a narrative that delivers well fleshed-out characters; thanks for sharing Sandra! :)

jacquie said...

Love the teaser...but Cougar Crossing Winery? LOL

Laura Thomas said...

This sounds great. And the character is my age. That's a bonus:)

My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/04/14/teasers-tuesdays-110-shelf-life-the-publicist-book-two/

Nise' said...

It is always nice to read a book with a character close to my age.

Yvonne said...

This sounds excellent and I'm always looking for books with characters in that age range.

Margot said...

Your opening description of the book made me want to read it more than the opening paragraph. You are good at selling books - at least for the ones you like. I'll give it a chance too.