“From Port to Rigor Morte,” the seventh cozy mystery novel in local author J.C. Eaton’s Wine Trail Mysteries, is set for release April 20. The novel takes place at the fictitious Two Witches Winery in Penn Yan, New York, on Seneca Lake as reluctant sleuth, Norrie Ellington, is once again drawn into a murder investigation.
With her overlong stay at Two Witches Winery extended yet again, screenwriter Norrie Ellington wants nothing more than to lay low and avoid murder investigations at all costs. Then two neighborhood boys show up at the winery saying they've discovered what looks like a dead body in a nearby woods, and Norrie's curiosity gets the better of her. When the body turns out to be a local labor manager and the sheriff suspects a neighboring winery of foul play, Norrie turns sleuth once again.
Following the few clues found at the scene, Norrie soon learns that the victim had been charging exorbitant amounts for the seasonal workers he supplied to the vineyards, meaning any of the owners could have wanted him out of the way. And when another dead body is found, Norrie's dizzying list of suspects threatens to overwhelm her. But with the stakes higher than ever, her biggest fear may be that if the local sheriff doesn't kill her for meddling, there's a killer who will…
Authors Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, writing as J.C. Eaton, are former residents of Penn Yan and Geneva who now reside in Sun City West. Ms. Goldfarb was the middle school principal in Geneva and the assistant principal at Penn Yan Academy, while Mr. Clapp was the tasting room manager at Fox Run Vineyards. In addition to this series, they pen the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, set in Sun City West and surrounding areas.
The book is published by Beyond the Page Publishing and is available in ebook and trade paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Bookbub, iTunes and independent booksellers.
The couple’s debut cozy mystery, “Booked 4 Murder,” in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), took first place in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the cozy mystery category.
Like all their novels, “From Port to Rigor Morte” is meant to keep readers laughing and guessing “whodunit.” The authors invite readers to visit jceatonmysteries.com.