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Killer Chardonnay

Killer Chardonnay, June 2020
Colorado Wine Mystery #1
by Kate Lansing

Berkley Prime Crime
304 pages
ISBN: 0593100182
EAN: 9780593100189
Kindle: B07XCF9DM5
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"Killer start to the series!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Killer Chardonnay
Kate Lansing

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted June 9, 2020

Mystery Cozy | Mystery

Vino Valentine is the culmination of Parker Valentine’s dreams. Opening day for her winery is crucial to the long-term success of her dream, and she’s planned well for this. Unfortunately, things go astray when a well-known food and wine critic shows up and drops dead after a taste of her chardonnay. Now, hashtag KILLER CHARDONNAY is trending, and it looks like Parker’s dream may be dying from the start. Can she uncover who the murderer is in time to save Vino Valentine and her dream?

Parker is a great heroine and I love her ambition and willingness to pursue her dream. She put in a lot of labor and love into Vino Valentine, and readers can’t help but cheer her success on even as her business appears to be crashing and burning from the start. However, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for her brother, Liam, despite his seemingly inability to follow any sort of real career path. He’s loyal to his sister and his family, however, and I love the direction Kate Lansing is taking with him.

KILLER CHARDONNAY is the first book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series and is a fun start to the series. Kate Lansing has created a delightful cast of characters coupled with some scrumptious sounding wines and foods. There’s a potential love triangle brewing, and it will be interesting to see what direction Kate Lansing takes us as Parker encounters more murders (after all, she’s a cozy mystery heroine lol). KILLER CHARDONNAY is a spectacular first start and, begging your pardon for the pun, a killer start to the series! I look forward to the next installment.

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SUMMARY

A young winery owner won't let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker's business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.


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