Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Deadly Offer (A Darby Farr Mystery) by Vicki Doudera

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (April 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719801

Book Description

High-stakes real estate and a tangled vine of secrets 

When Darby Farr’s assistant hears that his sister, Selena, has suddenly died in her hottub, they travel to Selena’s magnificent vineyard estate nestled in the heart of southern California wine country. There, Darby discovers that Selena was entertaining offers from three overeager prospective buyers — and Selena’s death was no accident. As a saboteur wreaks havoc on the property, Darby risks her life to crack the case and close the sale in a valley ripe with secrets and dangers.

About The Author

Vicki Doudera is a million-dollar broker with a busy coastal firm handling luxury real estate. She is the author three nonfiction books on real estate and the Darby Farr Mystery Series. Her debut mystery, A House to Die For, was selected to the Best of 2010 list in Suspense Magazine. Her articles have appeared in Parenting, People, Reader’s Digest, Yankee and Down East magazines.

Doudera has been profiled on WCSH-TV’s “207,” and her writing has been favorably reviewed in prominent mystery and book industry magazines, as well as in the Bangor Daily News, Times Record, Kennebec Journal, Lincoln County News and Midcoast Beacon. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America (MWA), and is on the board of Sisters in Crime, New England.

Doudera lives with her family in Camden, Maine, where she enjoys spending time with her friends, kids and funny pets; hiking, cycling and knitting; and living in a beautiful, old house. She is president of her local Habitat for Humanity chapter and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

My Review
This is the first of Vicki Doudera's Darby Farr Mysteries that I have read. I very pleasantly surprised. Deadly Offer is a well written and well plotted mystery.  It is set in California's wine country that makes it even more appealing. Darby is primarily a realtor however she does manage to stumble across mysteries in her work.  

The author uses her knowledge of the high stakes real estate world to make the story very realistic.  In this story, one of Darby's associates at her agency is dealing with the death of sister and the subsequent sale of her magnificent winery.  Three different parties are vying for the winery and they all have reasons to be looked at when murder is revealed.  Darby is a very likable character as are those around her.  Good writing rounded out this book.

I would highly recommend Deadly Offer and I'm looking forward to reading the two earlier Darby Farr Mysteries.

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