Sharpshooter (Paperback)

A Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Mystery

By Nadia Gordon

Chronicle Books, 9780811834629, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2002

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Sunny McCoskey is the independent chef/owner of Wildside, a little cafe nestled in Napa Valley, where the food is exactly right. When the heir apparent to a major vineyard is shot dead, and Sunny's eccentric winemaker friend, Wade, is arrested for the murder, she launches her own investigation. The solution lies in the tangled personalities and politics of the wine industry, and in the threat posed to the valley by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Set in a region renowned for its food and wine, Sharpshooter launches an entertaining mystery series featuring Sunny and an engaging cast of wine professionals, cooks, socialites-and suspects.

About the Author

Nadia Gordon is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer.

Praise For Sharpshooter: A Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Mystery

"A highly enjoyable book." -Washington Post

"The book's local color and its culinary, oenological, and ecological details are priceless....There's enough about cooking, eating, and drinking to give you an appetite before you're halfway through." -Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The personable McCoskey navigates wine country denizens and six-burner stoves with equal aplomb, and foodies and oenophiles especially will enjoy Gordon's blend of solid suspense and gourmet culture." -Publishers Weekly

"A promising debut with a strong plot and colorful characters." -Booklist

"Heroine Sunny McCoskey is bright, tenacious, and extremely likable, and Gordon paints a vivid portrait of the Napa Valley and its wine-and-food culture. I'm looking forward to many more novels in this intriguing new series." -Marcia Muller

"Napa Valley, the good life, sunny skies, fine cuisine, and fleshy reds. But, isn't there something murky at the bottom of the bottle? Yes, and it is murder, no less. The mystery of wine...If a wine does not have some mystery to it, we call it plonk. SHARPSHOOTER is not plonk. A crime novel with taste." -Kermit Lynch

"Those of us who enjoy an authentic look into another culture while reading a mystery are going to enjoy joining Nadia Gordon in the wild, weird wine industry." -Tony Hillerman