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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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"Wine so good, it will kill you."

Fresh Fiction Review

Killer Chardonnay
Kate Lansing

Reviewed by Rosie Bindra
Posted June 17, 2020

Mystery Cozy | Mystery

Parker Valentine’s dream of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado, just came true. With the arrival of a famous food and wine critic that can either make or break her dream, Parker is ready to impress. Unfortunately, after one taste of Parker’s chardonnay, which the critic clearly didn’t like, the poor man ends up dead.

Once #killerchardonnay starts trending, Parker knows she has to prove her wine wasn’t the cause of the critic’s death. Determined to save her winery, Parker takes on the task of investigating the murder herself. With a little help from her friends, family and a cop that she knew back in high school, Parker might just save her winery from going under. That’s if she can stay alive to keep running it.

I love a good cozy series and KILLER CHARDONNAY is a solid start to the Colorado Wine Mystery series. I especially enjoyed this one because I could relate to what was going on. I’m more Parker’s best friend in real life though, who Parker has been trying to convert into a wine enthusiast. For the past year or so, my best friend has been taking me to different wine festivals in the hopes that I’ll come to love wine as much as she does. This may be Kate Lansing’s debut novel but you wouldn’t know it given her polished writing. There’s plenty of twists in the story to keep you guessing and the characters are not only likable but also smart enough to not be actively working against the police. The two possible love interests will be hard to choose from. I also really appreciated that Lansing used a unique setting for her adventure and didn’t go the typical California wine country route. I have no idea if Colorado has its own wine region but I’m interested in finding out if it does exist. If you love a fun, intriguing, plot-twisty mystery, KILLER CHARDONNAY has it all. This is a series and author I plan to watch out for.

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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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