“DEADLY OFFER,” by Vicki Doudera, Midnight Ink, Woodbury, Minn., 2012, paperback, 301 pages, $14.95.
Once again, Camden Realtor Vicki Doudera has proven that real estate can be murder, in the third volume of her mystery series featuring chic Darby Farr, a Maine native who is now selling homes in beautiful San Diego.
This time it’s personal, as it affects her talented assistant E.T. His sister Selena, a successful vintner, is found drowned in her hot tub. So it’s off to California wine country for Darby and E.T.
Since it comes out that Selena was suffering from a terminal illness, her death is at first thought to be from natural causes. But since that would make for an awfully short book, that doesn’t turn out to be the case.
It’s soon revealed that Selena was the victim of foul play, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Was it someone from her past, about which E.T. and brother Carlos know little? Or what it one of the three parties interesting in buying her Carson Creek vineyards, which she had put up for sale before she died?
Aided by Miles Porter, her foreign-correspondent beau, Darby must sort through the suspects while working in unfamiliar territory. Naturally, she sticks her nose in the wrong places, and finds herself in danger as a result.
Doudera keeps readers riveted through this fast-paced read, making “Deadly Offer” one enjoyable offering.