by Vicki Doudera;
Editions: ebook, paperback;
Published April 8th 2012 by Midnight Ink;
High-stakes real estate and a tangled vine of secretsWhen 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.~ Goodreads Blurb
I hate dropping books. I got through something like 40% of this one before dropping it. This is a rare case of this reads really cool but I’m just not feeling it. Strange.
As this is a book #3 in a series revolving around Darby Farr I can assume (dangerous as it may be) I would have been more of a fan of a character or something have I read the previous ones, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself at this point. The truth is while reading this book I realized I’ve become something of a Pavlovian puppy. *sigh*
For one thing, the jumping perspective among characters is something I don’t do well with. I like a steady perspective focused on one main character. This book has the exact opposite perspective pretty much, you get to glimpse into what many characters are doing. This is just a style of writing I’m not feeling the connection with much since I’m a very character-focused reader. I’ll get curious about the plot 9 times out of 10 because I’m drawn to the main character, or the antagonist, or someone. I also respond a lot better to characters with a lot of sense of humor, and though the plot wasn’t in any way funny the sober and jumpy focus made me feel absolutely nothing about any of the characters. There was the beginning of caring for a couple of them, they were easy to relate to, likable, but it never solidified into real care.
The writing in itself was cool, I felt I could have connected with it perhaps if our connection would have begun with something else then this particular story maybe. I don’t know. This is one of those good books that I just didn’t have any reaction to, I’m sorry it didn’t work out.
Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be…