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Blood for Wine: Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery Series, Book 5
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Nero Wolfe Award Finalist for 2018


Cal Claxton's old farmhouse sits high in Oregon's Red Hills, home of scores of wineries and some of the most coveted acreage for growing the pinot noir grape in the world. Former Los Angeles prosecutor Cal settled in this haven to reboot his life as a widower, growing a small practice that includes some pro bono work in nearby Portland. Life is good, filled with food, wine, and friends. But this beautiful area is not the idyllic haven it appears to be.


When Cal's neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife, his freedom-and the grape harvest-is suddenly in jeopardy along with his reputation, and his business begins to slide. No gentleman farmer, this puts the rugged winemaker's property, his only financial asset, in play. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is underway.


Cal agrees to defend Jim, a good friend, which pulls him reluctantly into the blackmail plot. Emotions are running high over Lori Kavanaugh's bloody death. There is no shortage of suspects. There may be more than the one game in play. And defending Jim might well make Cal the next target of a vicious, cunning killer.

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Nero Wolfe Award Finalist for 2018

Cal Claxton's old farmhouse sits high in Oregon's Red Hills, home of scores of wineries and some of the most coveted acreage for growing the pinot noir grape in the world. Former Los Angeles prosecutor Cal settled in this haven to reboot his life as a widower, growing a small practice that includes some pro bono work in nearby Portland. Life is good, filled with food, wine, and friends. But this beautiful area is not the idyllic haven it appears to be.

When Cal's neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife, his freedom-and the grape harvest-is suddenly in jeopardy along with his reputation, and his business begins to slide. No gentleman farmer, this puts the rugged winemaker's property, his only financial asset, in play. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is underway.

Cal agrees to defend Jim, a good friend, which pulls him reluctantly into the blackmail plot. Emotions are running high over Lori Kavanaugh's bloody death. There is no shortage of suspects. There may be more than the one game in play. And defending Jim might well make Cal the next target of a vicious, cunning killer.

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        In Easley’s fine fifth mystery featuring Portland, Ore., lawyer Cal Claxton (after 2016’s Not Dead Enough), Cal is shocked to learn that vintner Jim Kavanaugh, a friend and neighbor, is the prime (and only) suspect in the brutal murder of Jim’s estranged wife, Lori. Cal agrees to represent Jim until the two know whether the case is solid enough for trial. With scant evidence and even less cooperation from the local constabulary, Cal decides to look into the murder. When another body turns up, with a time of death very close to Lori’s, he’s convinced it’s related. As Cal delves into Jim and Lori’s troubled marriage, he stumbles onto other community secrets—including a blackmail scheme—all tied to the area’s booming wine business. Meanwhile, senseless acts of violence that hit too close to home upend Cal’s personal life—but only serve to strengthen his resolve. Oenophiles and aspiring vintners will enjoy the wine lore in this well-wrought tale of love and betrayal.

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        April 1, 2017
        Dundee, Oregon, attorney Cal Claxton's latest maybe-paying client is a neighbor and friend whose wine-growing operation may have proved irresistible to a killer.Jim Kavanaugh made the call himself after finding the body of his estranged wife, Lori, at the Parrett Mountain overlook where she'd arranged to meet him. But that doesn't impress detectives Hal Ballard and Sonia Rodriquez of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Department, who think he's just trying to brazen out his own murder of the woman who'd taken two husbands before him and may have been on the lookout for No. 4. A wide-open-spaces type who blanches at the prospect of prison, Jim begs his neighborhood lawyer for help, and Cal, who never seems to walk away from a high-stakes, low-income case (Not Dead Enough, 2016, etc.), goes to bat for him. His shrewd observations quickly get Jim out of jail, though not out of the glare of the cops and prosecutor Helen Berkowitz. When undocumented immigrant Luis Delgado is murdered soon after, Cal is convinced the two cases are connected, but he seems to be the only one, even after the disappearance of Isabel Rufino, Luis' girlfriend. A honey trap set for Sean McKnight, a pastor who owns another farm nearby, makes Cal wonder whether someone aims to unite all the properties best suited to raising pinot noir grapes under the same criminal banner. Fighting fire with fire, he talks Jim's sales manager, Candice Roberts, into spying on rival vintner Blake Daniels, who's already eager to get her under the covers. The appealing hero's accountant frets that his habit of taking pro bono cases is unsustainable. A more pointed complaint might be that in his hands, the simplest-seeming cases end up involving everyone in Yamhill County and even some folks who are just passing through.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Nero Wolfe Award Finalist for 2018

Cal Claxton's old farmhouse sits high in Oregon's Red Hills, home of scores of wineries and some of the most coveted acreage for growing the pinot noir grape in the world. Former Los Angeles prosecutor Cal settled in this haven to reboot his life as a widower, growing a small practice that includes some pro bono work in nearby Portland. Life is good, filled with food, wine, and friends. But this beautiful area is not the idyllic haven it appears to be.

When Cal's neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife, his freedom-and the grape harvest-is suddenly in jeopardy along with his reputation, and his business begins to slide. No gentleman farmer, this puts the rugged winemaker's property, his only financial asset, in play. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is...

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