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Murder And Mayhem In The Napa Valley

Author: Todd L. Shulman
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614236267
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The picturesque vineyards of California's Napa Valley, one of the world's premier tourist destinations, disguise a tangled history of lawlessness, depravity and frontier justice. Some crimes were committed over debts, some for retribution and others in the name of love. Famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge killed a man for seducing his wife but was acquitted. Other criminals were not so lucky and met the gallows, like murderer William Roe, the state's final public execution. From the Pomo massacre--the first criminal case heard by the California Supreme Court--to the cold cases that continue to haunt the region, Napa Police Detective Todd Shulman decants the crimes of the Napa Valley, memorializing the victims and honoring the efforts of local law enforcement.

Pinot Envy

Author: Edward Finstein
Publisher: Bancroft Press
ISBN: 1610880897
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A wine expert investigates the theft of a rare and priceless bottle of red Burgundy that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Nightmare In Napa

Author: Paul Larosa
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416543651
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Chronicles the brutal killings of two young women, roommates Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna, who were stabbed by an intruder, and the investigation that led to a surprising culprit.

Murder Mayhem In The Crescenta Valley

Author: Gary Keyes
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625840675
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The pleasant neighborhoods of the Crescenta Valley offer no hint of the many violent and heinous crimes that have occurred between the San Gabriel and Verdugo Mountains. But ties to such macabre episodes as the Onion Field murder and the search for the Hillside Strangler left lasting scars here. Infamous criminals such as mafia boss Joe "Iron Man" Ardizzone, red-light bandit Caryl Chessman and accused yacht bomber Beulah Overell have left a black eye on La Cresecenta's history--not to mention the "Rattlesnake Murder," "Female Bluebeard" and "Santa Claus Killer." Join historians Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler as they expose the crimes and criminals that have inflicted murder and mayhem in Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and La Canada Flintridge.

How To Dine On Killer Wine

Author: Penny Warner
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101587164
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Presley Parker’s event-planning business is the toast of San Francisco. But when she ventures into Napa Valley to oversee her first wine tasting, an unexpected death could leave a stain on her reputation.… For Presley Parker, a wine-tasting event at the boutique winery the Purple Grape is a job worth savoring. But she quickly discovers that, even in idyllic Napa Valley, local politics can have a bitter finish. JoAnne Douglas, president of the Green Grape Association environmental group, believes the wineries are damaging the local environment, and she’s determined to sabotage the event. But Presley manages to pull the party off without a hitch. Until JoAnne’s lifeless body is discovered under one of the tables…. JoAnne had plenty of enemies in the area, but all evidence points to Purple Grape owners Rob and Marie Christopher as the murderers. Now it’s up to Presley to clear their names before someone else gets corked. Includes wine-tasting party tips!

Dying On The Vine

Author: Marla Cooper
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1466884371
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When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can't say no. There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings—and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor. Babs' high-strung assistant Stefan knows exactly who killed Babs: Kelsey. At least, that's what he very publicly accuses her of at Babs' funeral. When Kelsey decides to do a little sleuthing to clear her name, she uncovers a myriad of secrets and lies. And when a second wedding planner is attacked, Kelsey begins to wonder if she might be next. Set against the stunning backdrop of California wine country, Marla Cooper's Dying on the Vine is a mystery brimming with gossip, wine, and, of course...murder.

The Inventor And The Tycoon

Author: Edward Ball
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 038553549X
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.

A Cold Case

Author: Philip Gourevitch
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429981105
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A tale of crime and punishment from a prizewinning writer. A few years ago, Andy Rosenzweig, an inspector for the Manhattan District Attorney's office, was abruptly reminded of an old, unsolved double homicide. It bothered him that Frankie Koehler, the notoriously dangerous suspect, had eluded capture and was still at large. Rosenzweig had known the victims of the crime, for they were childhood friends from the South Bronx: Richie Glennon, a Runyonesque ex-prizefighter at home with both cops and criminals, and Pete McGinn, a spirited restaurateur and father of four. Rosenzweig resolved to find the killer and close the case. In a surprising, intensely dramatic narrative, Philip Gourevitch brings together the story of Rosenzweig's pursuit with a mesmerizing account of Koehler's criminal personality and years on the lam. A Cold Case carries us deep into the lives and minds, the passions and perplexities, of an extraordinary cop and an extraordinary criminal whose lives were entwined over three decades. Set in a New York City that has all but disappeared, and written with a keen ear for the vibrant idiom of the colorful men and women who peopled its streets, this is nonetheless a book for our times. Gourevitch masterfully transforms a criminal investigation into a searching literary reckoning with the forces that drive one man to murder and another to hunt murderers."

Murder In Napa

Author: Glen C. Carrington
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 149690723X
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The novel is about the murder of Dr. Clarence Watson, a wealthy, distinguished, San Francisco psychiatrist who was found murdered at the estate of his friend, another affluent celebrity status psychiatrist, in the wine country of Napa. The body was found on the living room coffee table completely wrapped in white latex, giving the image of an alien being or a gigantic condom. What’s going on? The Napa Police force is not well experienced in murders due to the low crime rate and even less so in involvement with high profile cases. Because the body was found in the home of the esteemed psychiatrist Dr. Bates, the physician automatically calls Detective William Monroe Lincoln to get him involved since Dr. Bates had worked on an earlier case with Detective Lincoln, providing requested psychological data to quickly determine the mental status of a criminal holding hostages in an extremely fast moving and precarious situation. The Watson family wants to know who the murderer is and the investigation quickly determines there are several paths of inquiry. The deceased had a unique personality and his sexuality becomes a factor; was Dr. Watson gay? An extremely sexual and voluptuous woman named ‘Lolita’ was Dr. Watson’s patient and ex-patient; and, an unusual relationship follows. Dr. Watson’s patient list has one client who is potentially dangerous, homophobic, and has violence in his background. The victim’s ex-wife was now dating a Union official who despised the ex-husband and the feelings between the two men were of strong mutual disrespect. The various characters spanning many social circles keeps the detective guessing; and with certain dangers lurking, Detective Lincoln again calls upon his unique friend, Lenny McDerch, to help protect him. The landscape is the beautiful Bay Area where Detective Lincoln once before sought out those responsible for murder!

The Villa

Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101146347
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts exposes a proud family’s deadly secrets in this passionate tale of two Napa Valley rivals... PR executive Sophia Giambelli loves her job and has never worried about competition. For three generations, her family’s wines have been world-renowned for their quality. But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family’s winery—and Sophia will be assuming a new role. As a savvy businesswoman, Sophia knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn’t prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They’ve been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Ty the finer points of marketing—and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard. As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company’s future—and the legacy of the villa—may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia’s quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.