Author Signing: Elle Brooke White
October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for an author signing with Elle Brooke White of “Dead on the Vine” and “Strawberries and Crime”
Sat. Oct 16th 1-3pm
Bank of Books
748 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
About the Books:
“Dead on the Vine” Charlotte Finn never wanted to inherit the family’s produce farm – much less plow a heap of money into it. Her plan is hammer a great big FOR SALE sign into the farm’s furrows – but Charlotte’s sunny hopes of a quick sale succumb to a killing frost when she finds a dead body entwined supine in the tomato vines. The poor man, it seems, was run through…with a pitchfork?
Now Charlotte is stuck with running the farm in the midst of a murder investigation. Charlotte’s knowledge of farming is smaller than her bank balance, so she relies on caretakers Joe and Alice Wong and their farmhands. Can she trust them? She doesn’t know them. There’s also farmer Samuel Brown, who still carries a childhood grudge. But the case gets personal when Charlotte learns that the victim might have been her own kin – and seeds of suspicion grow into a fertile field of suspects.
Charlotte turns to the farm’s pig to help root out the killer. Soon, the goats, geese, and a horse join in, but will Charlotte harvest a murderer – or but the farm?
“Strawberries and Crime” Things are finally growing smoothly on the Finn Family Farm. Charlotte Finn is starting to feel at home at the Santa Barbara County produce farm she inherited. But all is not strawberries and cream: A blight is destroying young berry plants. Worse, another mysterious death is shaking Little Acorn.
The victim is grizzled, cantankerous Linc Pierce, the only farmer in Little Acorn whose strawberry crop was fruitful. Charlotte and her old friend Beau Mason find him hanging from the rafter, an apparent suicide. But a cursory search turns up a half-eaten sandwich. Who eats before he kills himself?
Chief Goodacre suspects foul play. Little Acorn’s farmers point accusing fingers at one another, recalling Linc’s suggestion that someone sabotaged their strawberries. As Charlotte searches for clues she finds something on Linc’s workbench not buried in dust. Could this be why Linc’s strawberry plants are alive? And, perhaps, why Linc is dead?
Now, if Charlotte and Horse–the farm’s baby pig with a bottomless stomach and an insatiable hunger for sleuthing–can’t root out the murderer, they, too, may end up dead and berried.
About the Author
Under the name Elle Brooke White Christine E. Blum is also the author of the series, The Finn Family Farm Mysteries, set on a fictional farm in the Santa Barbara mountains. The first book in the series, Dead on The Vine was released in April of 2020 to critical acclaim.
Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio Christine became a world traveler at a young age when her family moved to Europe. She grew up in Paris, Brussels and London until returning to the U.S. to attend Vassar College.
She then moved to New York City with the hopes of becoming a renowned actress but took a job in advertising, as Christine says, “just until”.
Success followed in the ad world where she worked on both coasts. Christine started an interactive agency in the ‘90s creating web sites, apps and social media.
During a home remodel Christine was forced to go through old files and was reminded that she had been a writer her entire life. She found plays, articles, scripts and book ideas. It was time for her to return to “a world of pure imagination”.
Christine lives in Oxnard, California with her famous diving dog, Bardot and her puppy Harper Lee. Christine has a deep passion for California’s history and a great respect for its natural beauty. She loves to uncover historic haunts that still exist today among neighborhood gentrification.
Christine E. Blum is also the author of The Rose Avenue Wine Club Mysteries, including Full Bodied Murder, (2017), Murder Most Fermented, (2018), The Name Of The Rosé, (2018), and Clarets Of Fire, (2019).