Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Nails and My Book Review - A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra


Title: A Case of Syrah, Syrah
Series: Wine Country Mystery #1
Author: Nancy J. Parra

Goodreads Summary: 
Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic Sonoma county to discover some of the county’s outdoor gardens. It’s all running as smooth as can be until Laura, the leader of the group of yoga instructors she’s leading, is found dead. And it’s Taylor’s corkscrew that’s found buried in Laura’s neck.

She’s not sure who to trust, and everyone around suddenly seems suspect. Only two weeks after the murder, her very own administrative assistant, Amy, marries Laura’s husband, Dan, who doesn’t seem very bereaved about being widowed, and the three yoga masters who were also out on the tour begin to seem shady. Taylor can’t afford to jump ship from her new business endeavor, but just as she begins her investigation, another dead body surfaces. This time, it’s Dan’s sister. And the killer is coming for Taylor next.

Now it’s up to Taylor to uncork this open-bottle mystery, before more blood is spilled. For fans of Laura Childs and Ellen Crosby, A Case of Syrah, Syrah is the charming first in bestselling author Nancy J. Parra’s Wine Country mysteries.

My Review: **I voluntarily read this ARC**
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I loved the mystery, I just couldn't handle Taylor. I found her to be annoying and a bit obnoxious. I did love how delightfully quirky some of the minor characters were.

My Manicure: And now for something completely different... As you can see, I was inspired by that cute cat on the cover. I started out with a base of Vapid Angels & Demons. Funny story, this arrived Monday and I decided it was what I needed to use, but I had to wait until Tuesday for it to warm up enough to use without shattering the bottle. A bit of a last minute decision, but I think it was worth it. I stamped the cat using QA-40 and Bundle Monster Straight Up Black. Isn't it just adorable? Wait... hang on. Let me add a little hot water...

Ahh, much better. As you can see, Angels & Demons is a thermal with a nice dramatic shift. You can also see that I get really cold hands in winter since it was transitioning within a minute of running hot water over my hand. It is a lot of fun watching the color randomly change, and as long as my nail beds are warm I end up with a really neat French manicure effect.


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