Genre: Cozy mystery
Setting: the city of Sonoma, in Sonoma County, California. Set during current time.
***I received an eARC copy of A Case of Syrah, Syrah from the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, via NetGalley***
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Review: Even though I found the main character annoying, I still enjoyed this fun cozy mystery set in Wine Country! A Case of Syrah, Syrah is the first book in the new Wine Country Mystery series set in the city of Sonoma, in the heart of California’s Wine Country. I live in Sonoma County, and it turns out that I am very picky about books set in my home area, and I really enjoyed this mystery! I enjoyed the setting; it felt authentic enough, although we really don’t all sit around fire pits drinking wine every night as the characters in the book do. Especially not now as we were hit with terrible wildfires! But the setting was a lot of fun.
The main character is Taylor O’Brian, who returns to her home city of Sonoma after living in San Francisco. She wants to start a wine tour company, and unfortunately on her first tour, someone is killed. I found Taylor quite annoying in that she repeatedly follows the typical cozy mystery heroine antics of not listening to law enforcement, going where she shouldn’t go, and talking to people she shouldn’t talk to. As Taylor becomes the lead suspect in the murder, she stirs up more trouble for her case as she returns to the scene of the crime, handles crime scene evidence, and just basically does everything you aren’t supposed to do when accused of murder. But, even though Taylor’s actions were oh-so-frustrating, I did really enjoy the mystery of the murder. I was able to keep all of the characters straight, I remembered who they were, and fell for some of the red herrings. In so many cozy mysteries I enjoy the setting but not the actual mystery, but in A Case of Syrah, Syrah I enjoyed both the setting and the mystery itself! I just found the main character a tad annoying as she behaved as a typical cozy mystery heroine behaves.
Bottom Line: Annoying main character, but a fun mystery with a great setting.