BOOK REVIEW: WILDCAT WINE
Wildcat Wine is chock full of wild characters and quite an interesting read. Lillian Belle Cleary is a Sarasota, Florida civil attorney, whose current top priority case is defending a Gandhi Singh, psychic and counselor to the rich women of Florida who have be abducted by aliens. One of these rich women is suing Gandhi and Lilly is attempting to defend him although Gandhi keeps disregarding Lilly's advice and is not helping his case at all.
While Lilly is trying to prepare for an appearance on Gandhi's behalf in front of the appellate court, her old friend Farmer Dave drops in for a visit. Farmer Dave is quite unique as Willie Nelson is his hero to the point that he wears his long grey hair in braided pigtails like Willie and refers to one of Willie's songs for every situation that arises. Farmer Dave does not exactly have a habit of staying on the right side of the law but Lily loves him as he took her and her brother in as teenagers when their mother cleaned out their rooms, sold their stuff and threw them out. He arrives in a U-haul truck full of Organic Wine which Lily is not sure was legally or illegally obtained and doesn't really want to know.
Soon after, Dave arrives in town, bodies start turning up murdered and although she does not want to believe it, things lead Lily to believe that Dave is involved and may even be the murderer. However at the same time someone is trying to frame Lily for the murders.
The book contains a whole group of wonderfully colorful characters, from Psychic Gandi, Farmer Dave, Saintly Secretary Bonita, her son Benny, Detective Tired Johnson just to name a few. Lily's character herself made me actually laugh out loud several times while reading the books. She is obsessive compulsive about food and cleanliness which does not help at all when she begins trying to date the defense attorney she has to hire for Farmer Dave.
I would highly recommend this book just for the characters. However it also has a great story line with wonderful twists which leave you wondering who did what right up to the end of the book. I look forward to reading more in the Lilly Belle Cleary series.
REVIEWED BY GINA METZ
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