Daisy lives in Maine with her husband, but she comes from Australia. Daisy is the author of the Barossa Valley Cozy Mystery Series.
Malbec and Mistletoe by Daisy Linh
It’s been a long 12 months for Jasmine Mai, but Christmas is looming, and nothing’s going to ruin the party she’s had planned at her winery, Simpatico Wine Estate. So when her groundskeeper collapses in the middle of her cooking class and is rushed to hospital, closely followed by a slew of other mysterious similar illnesses in the community, something doesn’t feel as Christmas-y as she wishes. While everyone else is juggling Christmas puddings and parties, Jasmine finds herself on a one woman mission to catch what evil is lurking in her town. That is…if it doesn’t catch her first. Join Jasmine in this stand alone Christmas novella set in the world of the Barossa Valley Mysteries and meet the chaotic but loavable charaters who live there.
Can you share an enticing (50 words or less) snippet that isn’t in the blurb?
“Ms Mai,” he moaned, his face ghostly white.
“Wayne, are you okay?” I asked, kneeling beside him, scared to hear his answer.
He did not look okay.
“Ms Mai,” he reached out and touched my wrist, his fingers just as clammy as his face. “Call the doctor,” he groaned. “Now.”
If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?
The three words I would use to describe my main character is: good hearted, curious and a FOODIE!
If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
My female sleuth would definitely by played by Lara Condor – who plays the lead in To All The Boys I Loved Before. She’s a little young, but definitely the fun, quirky, clumsy but cute vibe that Jasmine is. AND she’s half Vietnamese which is perfect! Riley Hansen the Senior Detective would be played by Liam Hemsworth, of course
Why did you choose the setting for your book?
Malbec and Mistletoe is set in Barossa Valley, South Australia’s premier wine country. Upuntil three years ag, I lived about an hour from Barossa Valley (currently living in Maine, USA for a few years) and it is one of my favourite places on earth. Full of good food, amazing restaurants and gorgeous vineyards.
How does this story connect with your other books or series? This book can be read as a standalone but falls in the Barossa Valley Mysteries world about a year after Jasmine Mai has returned home after her divorce. All the quirky town characters make an appearance…including a few new ones.