When a former schoolmate invites flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer to a theatre production, she jumps at the excuse to visit the Monterey Bay area for a weekend. With quaint Carmel shops a short drive away and luxurious linens in her hotel accommodations, the excursion promises to be both entertaining and relaxing.
Plenty of action is expected on stage, but when the show’s leading lady turns up dead, Sadie finds herself faced with more than one drama to follow. With both cast members and production crew as potential suspects, will Sadie and her sidekick Yorkie, Coco, be able to solve the case?
“Deborah Garner is gifted at bringing each character to life. She adds details seamlessly, making it seem like you know these people. She presents scenarios that have you thinking you know who did it, and then in the next sentence you are second guessing yourself. And that is to say, this is a great “who done it” … it gets 2 thumbs up from me :)” – reviews Tracy Helps You
“I love the way Deborah Garner describes everything in this book, and I can’t wait to read more in this series! This book literally kept me guessing until the very end.” – reviews Sanity is for those without children
“Deborah Garner has created a unique and very flamboyant main character who seems to find trouble all by herself and turns into an amateur sleuth!” – reviews Miki’s Hope
Above reviews from A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)
A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)
When flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer learns the owner of Cioccolato, her favorite chocolate shop, is in trouble, she heads for the California wine country with a tote-bagged Yorkie and a slew of questions. The fourth generation Tremiato Winery promises answers, but not before a dead body turns up at the vintners’ scheduled Harvest Festival.
All four Tremiato siblings have possible motives, as well as a few peripheral acquaintances, but only one could be the guilty party. As Sadie juggles truffles, tips and turmoil, she’ll need to sort the grapes from the wrath in order to find the identity of the killer.
If you love Miss Marple and Murder She Wrote, I’m pretty sure you’ll love Deborah Garner’s slightly eccentric senior sleuth, Sadie Kramer. A Flair For Drama sees chocolate loving boutique owner Sadie, visiting an old school friend, Roxy who is working back stage at a theatre production.
Sadie is a really likeable character whose boutique, Flair in San Francisco is full of unusual and wonderfully colourful and sparkly items. She’s a widow but has a constant companion who travels everywhere with her, Coco, the Yorkshire Terrier.
Coco is usually out of sight, however, spending a lot of time secluded in a large tote bag and when she does appear, it really adds to the comedy of the story – particularly when she makes an unexpected theatrical debut.
Sadie ends up solving crime in the middle of the show’s run with her faithful doggy companion who seems to be more human than dog.
Despite the fact that the show’s leading lady meets an unfortunate end, this is not a blood and guts murder mystery and the book has a gentle charm which makes it easy to read.
There is much ‘earwigging’, reading of body language and blending in to observe, in the way only older ladies can. There’s not much Sadie’s misses, even while munching numerous chocolate croissants and chocolate lava cake – the recipe for which you’ll find at the back of the book.
An easy, breezy read ideal for a lazy summer day on the beach.
About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.
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