You are Invited!

Inspiration for DEADLY OFFEr

The view that got me thinking...

Vicki Doudera here, inviting you and yours to a party to celebrate the arrival of DEADLY OFFER, third in the Darby Farr Mystery Series.  The gala event takes place Thursday, April 5, at 5 pm, at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, Maine.  If you’ve never been to this gorgeous Midcoast Maine landmark, you are in for a treat.  Nestled amongst the Camden Hills, the picturesque vineyard and graceful buildings are a real feast for the senses in any season, but in spring this place really shines.

Why Cellardoor Winery, you ask? Is it just because Vicki really likes their “Perfect Stranger” white?

Okay, I DO love that wine!  But here’s the real reason… the setting of DEADLY OFFER — actually the whole darn thing — was inspired by this special place. Two years ago, I looked out over the undulating rows of grapes at Cellardoor and those two little words, so dear to those of us who write fiction, popped into my head: “What if…”

What if a hardworking vineyard owner was found murdered after offering her winery for sale? What if the three prospective buyers were powerful people, all of whom desired her property with a deadly passion? Throw in a saboteur who may or may not be the villian, sibling rivalry between the victim’s two grieving brothers, and the heroine, Darby Farr, working valiantly — not just to solve the mystery and sell the vineyard– but to stay alive, and, voila! You’ve got DEADLY OFFER.

I’m very excited about this book, and that has prompted me to do something special for its introduction to the world.  As Kate wrote a few days ago about launching her newest book, these parties are an act of faith for writers.  We never know how many people will come, and that can be a tad bit daunting. So please, join me on Thursday, April 5th at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville to talk mysteries, celebrate the release of DEADLY OFFER, and meet the crisp, refreshing “Perfect Stranger” I happen to love.


“Darby’s third appearance is just the property for those who want a fast, entertaining read with a diverse cast and appealing setting.”        —Library Journal

“Readers will enjoy the wine country milieu and tense climax.”          —Publishers Weekly

“Darby’s third enlarges on her love life and real-estate skills while providing a complex mystery.”  —Kirkus Reviews


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6 Responses to You are Invited!

  1. Lea Wait says:

    What fun, Vicki! One of my favorite authors, at one of Bob and my very favorite places! Put us down on your “probably” list! Can’t guarantee because of another issue — but we’ll be trying our dardest to get there! Sounds definitely like a “must do!”

  2. MCWriTers says:

    Great reviews, Vicki. And what a wonderful setting for a party. If I weren’t required to be somewhere else that night, I’d hop in the car and join you.

    I hope you have a wonderful turn out and a great launch. Are you going to read to them?


    • Thank you, Kate! I may save the reading for later events — I tend to like to circulate for launches. And I think people will be coming and going so it will lend itself more to the cocktail party type event.

  3. Rendle Jones says:

    Since I just finished Killer Listing, the timing could not be better. I will be there.

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