Publisher: Berkley / Recorded Books, Inc.
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Cozy Mystery / Romance
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.
Yay for a new cozy series! And since it involves wine I was definitely in. Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing was both fun and smart, and it was more layered than some cozies I have read. I loved the dash of romance, and even though I didn’t laugh very much I was still very entertained and enjoyed every minute of it. I listened to the audiobook and I while I wasn’t a HUGE fan of Brooke Hoover, I still thought she did a good job. The audio is fairly short coming in at under 9 hours so it was a really quick listen and I’m sure it would be a quick read as well. I loved Parker and her cat and was excited that the book is set in Boulder since I live in Colorado. Plus I’m obviously a wine lover so there’s that too.
The mystery surprised me and kept me interested, and this is the first book that I’ve read set in a winery, so I loved the uniqueness of it. I also really liked the fact that it ends with recipes and wine pairings, although let’s face it, I won’t be making them since I don’t cook! I did think it was a nice touch though and it’s one of my favorite things about cozies that deal with food or beverages. I’m excited to read the next book in this series and I can’t wait to see what mystery Parker will have to solve next!
Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via Edelweiss. All opinions and thoughts are my own.