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A Pairing to Die For

A Pairing to Die For, February 2021
Colorado Wine Mystery #2
by Kate Lansing

Berkley Prime Crime
320 pages
ISBN: 0593100204
EAN: 9780593100202
Kindle: B089425WPQ
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"A Killer Meeting"

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A Pairing to Die For
Kate Lansing

Reviewed by Alison Ellis
Posted January 21, 2021

Mystery Private Eye | Mystery Cozy | Mystery Pet Lovers

Things are finally starting to settle down for Parker Valentine. Her winery, Vino Valentine, is thriving. Her relationships, both personal and business, are flourishing with local chef and owner of Spoons restaurant, Reid Wallace. Nothing can get in their way. . . except for his family. Reid’s family expects more from their son with his choice of career. He is the odd one out in a family of lawyers and doctors. Not one to cave to his parent’s demands, Reid forged ahead and followed his dream of owning a restaurant. As a last-ditch effort to try and talk some sense into their son, Reid’s mom, dad, and brothers make the trip to Boulder, Colorado for a not-so-subtle visit. Parker tries her best to win over his parents during dinner at Spoons, but it just seems nothing and no one is good enough for their little boy. When Reid’s longtime friend and sous chef is murdered after that fateful family dinner, the blame is immediately cast on Reid. And as Reid’s family turn their backs, Parker is determined to clear her boyfriend’s name, no matter what the cost.

A PAIRING TO DIE FOR is a phenomenal addition to the Colorado Wine Mystery series. With its beautifully descriptive setting of Colorado in the fall, you can almost feel yourself in Boulder among the hustle and bustle of a new season. Meeting Reid’s family was a real conundrum, but it gave readers more of a backstory to get to know the mysterious Reid a little bit more. The overall character development in this installment was superb. It was nice to catch up with Parker’s brother Liam, her mother, best friend Sage, and old friend turned detective, Eli. The relationships are very relatable in their own way, and their growth in this book will leave readers looking forward to their future stories. The plotline was wonderful, and it flowed effortlessly with many twists and turns that will keep readers on their toes until the very end.

Grab A PAIRING TO DIE FOR for your next cozy read. But do yourself a favor and skim the recipes and pairings in the back of the book first so you are prepared to fully immerse yourself in this second installment of the Colorado Wine Mystery series.

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A young winemaker is over a barrel when her new boyfriend is accused of murder in this delightful cozy mystery.

It's fall in Boulder, Colorado, and the leaves aren't the only things changing. Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, is finally settling in to her winery and her new relationship with Reid Wallace, a local chef. But their delicate pairing is endangered when Reid's estranged family comes into town to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant.

Reid and his family are immediately at loggerheads, given their often acidic temperaments, but Parker still wants to make a good first impression. However, her efforts might be in vain when Reid's sous chef is found dead in the alley behind the restaurant, and Reid is implicated in the murder. In order to save Reid, Parker will have to find the real killer, even if the truth is difficult to swallow.

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