The event in our story is the inaugural trip to unveil several new and exciting wines grown in the valley. This train is all about tasting the new flavors, along with delightful food. At least it is until a body is found and turns out to belong to be the disliked restaurant and wine critic, the suspect list is 230. Hank Carson, a retired LA police detective secures the crime scene helping CBI.
If you have been to the beautiful Napa Valley, the title alone will draw you into this entertaining mystery. The Wine Train is a favorite trip for local and visitor alike. With lunch or dinner parties that run almost nightly, it is a delightful addition to any tour of the area.
The particular event in our story is different; it’s the inaugural trip to honor and unveil several new and exciting wines grown in the valley. Tickets to the special event are cherished. This train is all about tasting the new flavors, along with delightful food.
At least it is until a bloody body got found. The victim was a very unkind and widely disliked restaurant and wine critic, David Hatchett. The suspect list jumps to include everyone on the train.
A murder has a way of changing a person’s mood.
Which brings us to our featured character, Hank Carson, on board to write a freelance article about the event. He barely begins to ask questions for his article when a steward comes to tell Charles Beaumont, the promoter; there is a body in the wine cooler.
Fortunately for the investigators, Hank happens to be a retired LA police detective, more than capable to protect the scene of the crime. Hank is more than happy to help and glad to be included. Partly because of the search for a killer, partly because of the draw he feels for Alicia Tomlinson, the lead Agent in charge. Interviewing a trainload of suspects was a time-consuming and confusing activity. As they check and cross check alibis to eliminate suspects, what they find narrows the field but increases the mystery. Some of the passengers appear to be missing.
It’s an all round entertaining read. If you enjoy a good police procedural stories, you’ll enjoy this book. If you know the wine train, you will especially enjoy the setting. It is fast and fun, with likable characters. A good start to the new series from Bruce Alan Jensen.
If you like your mysteries spiced with some romance, you’ll like this one.
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About the Author

Before writing fiction, Bruce was active in the food service and restaurant industry, as middle management, the owner in a couple of small restaurants, as well as an active consultant for the college and university operations. Since retiring he has enjoyed travel around the US in his RV, where ideas came to him as subject locales for mystery stories.
Bruce is now a semi-retired writer. Molly and he had been traveling around the US for over eight years, north to south, east to west. This gave him the opportunity to meet people from around the country and a few from Europe. Sadly, Molly is no longer with him. These experiences have provided fodder for some his story ideas. Specifically for the locales where he lived for more than a few weeks. The only states that he hasn’t been to in his seventy-one years are Alaska and Maine. Maine is next on the list to visit.

Bruce had begun to document a few of the unusual circumstances that he had encountered. These experiences lead him to write a blog. Then short stories, and now a novel. During this time, he also developed drafts for two other novels and outlines for three more. The first novel takes place on the Napa Wine Train. His goal is to have Murder On The Wine Train published and distributed by the fall of 2015. As a native Californian, he has enjoyed the scenic Napa Valley, the wineries and even a meal aboard the train.

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