Jessica Fletcher is visiting the Napa Valley wine country
while doing research for her next book, and she invites
her old friend, Scotland Yard detective George
to join her at a cozy bed-and-breakfast. No sooner do
arrive than they find the valley abuzz over the murder of
a waiter at the restaurant owned by infamous ex-Hollywood
heavy-weight Bill Ladington. Ladington's blatant
womanizing and involvement in a bitter vineyard land
dispute have already marked him as a dubious character--
and a possible suspect.
But when Ladington himself turns up dead from a
supposed "suicide," Jessica knows that a murderer is on
the loose--and with a little help from George, she must
try to distill a motive for murder from an extensive list
of less-than-vintage suspects.