Alice Tricklebank and her bloodhound Audrey are on their own in California when they awaken to gunshots, only to find the body of Guthrie Huff in the main house and another body among the tendrilled grapevines. Like it or not, Alice is once again entangled in a stiff-necked investigation, with suspects holding secrets and scars close to their chests. But this time her dear friends Lena and Julian are not immediately available to help cobble a story together. And Audrey is being difficult. Alice will have to hustle to snoop and solve the mystery if she plans to attend her grandson’s graduation. Tick-Tock. Better hurry, Alice!