Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery #1)
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.

Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery #1) Details

TitleKiller Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery #1) Review

  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    A new cozy series!This one is set in a winery that has just opened in Boulder, Colorado. Parker's dreams are about to come true at her grand opening, until a murder take place! And to make matters worse, its a famous wine critic.I really enjoyed this one. Parker is a great character and her cat, Zin is a great addition. The mystery was well developed with plenty of suspects to point fingers at.Great for fans of cozy mysteries. I'll be anxious to read the next installment.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I'm thrilled with the influx of cozy mysteries that are being crafted to target a younger audience! That's not to say that Killer Chardonnay is by any means inappropriate for the typical cozy generation, but it is refreshing reading some hip millennial references thrown into the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed learning a bit more about wine in general, and I clung to the fact that a reader can indeed have a feel good, light-hearted story filled with murder and a bit of suspense. If you're looking for I'm thrilled with the influx of cozy mysteries that are being crafted to target a younger audience! That's not to say that Killer Chardonnay is by any means inappropriate for the typical cozy generation, but it is refreshing reading some hip millennial references thrown into the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed learning a bit more about wine in general, and I clung to the fact that a reader can indeed have a feel good, light-hearted story filled with murder and a bit of suspense. If you're looking for the perfect comfort read that will hold your attention, look no further.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Book of Secrets
    January 1, 1970
    (4.5 Stars) KILLER CHARDONNAY is a smart and juicy beginning to the Colorado Wine Mystery series set in downtown Boulder. The opening day of Vino Valentine turns into a disaster for owner Parker Valentine when a local wine & food critic dies after sampling her chardonnay. Of course Parker is horrified that this means the end of all her hard work, unless she can prove that her wine had nothing to do with his death.This is the first cozy mystery I've read that centers around a winery, and it was a (4.5 Stars) KILLER CHARDONNAY is a smart and juicy beginning to the Colorado Wine Mystery series set in downtown Boulder. The opening day of Vino Valentine turns into a disaster for owner Parker Valentine when a local wine & food critic dies after sampling her chardonnay. Of course Parker is horrified that this means the end of all her hard work, unless she can prove that her wine had nothing to do with his death.This is the first cozy mystery I've read that centers around a winery, and it was a lovely change of pace. The rich descriptions of gourmet food and wine were delightful. Parker and the supporting cast of characters were well-developed and relatable, and their interpersonal challenges added to the enjoyment of the story.Parker is a clever and determined amateur sleuth, and I enjoyed the intriguing mystery she was faced with solving. KILLER CHARDONNAY is a fresh and modern cozy mystery that will appeal to foodies and wine lovers. Highly recommended!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anita Kushwaha
    January 1, 1970
    Killer Chardonnay has all the elements of an excellent cozy mystery: a twisty plot that keeps you guessing, plenty of intrigue, a protagonist you want to cheer for, and the all-important surprise factor. The writing is superb, easy-flowing like the delicious wines described in the book. Parker is extremely relatable as are the challenges she faces in achieving her dreams, both professionally and personally. This book hit so many notes for me--what it takes to pursue a dream, family situations, r Killer Chardonnay has all the elements of an excellent cozy mystery: a twisty plot that keeps you guessing, plenty of intrigue, a protagonist you want to cheer for, and the all-important surprise factor. The writing is superb, easy-flowing like the delicious wines described in the book. Parker is extremely relatable as are the challenges she faces in achieving her dreams, both professionally and personally. This book hit so many notes for me--what it takes to pursue a dream, family situations, romance, and delightful extras at the end that are absolutely brilliant--no spoilers! When you read this book, I suggest you have your favourite wine and snacks close at hand. The descriptions are that mouthwatering! As someone who has never visited Boulder, I appreciated the sense of place and setting throughout the story, which not only helped me visualize the city but also get an idea of what it's like to live there. Killer Chardonnay is the first installment in the Colorado Wine Mystery series, and I cannot wait for the next two books. Most definitely a book, series, and author to watch out for. Highly recommended!
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  • The Crime Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This was a very solid start to what I hope is a long standing series from Kate Lansing. Set in Boulder, Colorado, the Colorado Wine Mysteries feature Parker Valentine and her newly opened winery. The writing is very polished and I think the author has a great sense of what her characters should be represented as. Parker and her friend, Sage, are joined by Parker's brother, Liam, and his friend Reid as the main characters of this story. They all act like the 30 something professionals they a Wow! This was a very solid start to what I hope is a long standing series from Kate Lansing. Set in Boulder, Colorado, the Colorado Wine Mysteries feature Parker Valentine and her newly opened winery. The writing is very polished and I think the author has a great sense of what her characters should be represented as. Parker and her friend, Sage, are joined by Parker's brother, Liam, and his friend Reid as the main characters of this story. They all act like the 30 something professionals they are (no giggling, silliness, working against the police, putting each other in harm's way, etc.) They are also very likable with solid backstories that made me feel connected to them.The setting of Boulder was new for me and I enjoyed seeing this artsy community through the eyes of Parker. While I've read several book set in wineries and vineyards, this had a unique twist of the wine tastings, which I am unfamiliar with. Anything technical about the wine making process or wine itself is talked about in the book but not to the extreme that it becomes tedious, so it has just the right balance of helping establish the setting without being too much.As for the mystery, I began to suspect the killer at about the 3/4 mark of the book, which isn't too bad. However, it was still a surprise because I wasn't completely sure that I was right. I loved that they did some actual sleuthing in this (internet searches, photographs, tracking down past acquaintances) rather than just simply interviewing people. I do love a good clue hunt, so that was a huge plus for me.Overall, I'd say this was a fantastic book and I look forward to the next in the series. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher given in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    “Killer Chardonnay" by Kate Lansing the first in her new “Colorado Wine Mystery” series. What a great start to a new series! I’m not a wine drinker but I enjoyed learning about wine, and things to pair with them. Luckily there are some great recipes at the back of the book.I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in two sittings. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises.I loved the characters which are well developed, especially Parker she made a good “Killer Chardonnay" by Kate Lansing the first in her new “Colorado Wine Mystery” series. What a great start to a new series! I’m not a wine drinker but I enjoyed learning about wine, and things to pair with them. Luckily there are some great recipes at the back of the book.I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in two sittings. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises.I loved the characters which are well developed, especially Parker she made a good protagonist. The secondary characters were likeable as well. It ended with two men vying for Parker’s attention... I can’t wait to see what happens next.I highly recommend this series to all my cozy loving friends.I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read a mystery in ages and I couldn't put this down. Killer Chardonnay is fun, intriguing, flirty, and suspenseful. Lansing writes characters with the same balance or detail, heart, and flavor that she writes wine. This made me want to open a bottle and plan a trip to Colorado. I look forward to more from this author. Thank you to the author and publisher for an early copy of this book.
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  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Berkley for my review copy..Well, I just adored this fun new cozy series. I can’t wait to read more. .I’m not sure what I loved more Parker or the recipes and pairings at the end 🤔. Tricky..Lots of twist and just the sweetest touch of Romance..Loved it....bring on Book 2 🤗.
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  • Elizabeth Penney
    January 1, 1970
    Killer Chardonnay is a great first book in a new series! With a Boulder, Colorado, setting it's fun to read for that alone. But with a relatable main character, a twisty plot, lots of great wine and food (a must in a cozy) and a wonderful supporting cast, Kate Lansing has crafted a winner.I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Kayne Spooner
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so fun and I really loved it. I’m always looking for books with good humor and a good mystery and this has both. It’s a cozy mystery that takes place in Boulder, CO about a winemaker named Parker trying to discover who murdered a food and wine critic at her winery. I especially loved the characters in the story like Liam, her slacker brother, his friend Reid, who creates amazing meals that made me hungry, and Zin, her diva cat. The story travels around Boulder and up into the mounta This book is so fun and I really loved it. I’m always looking for books with good humor and a good mystery and this has both. It’s a cozy mystery that takes place in Boulder, CO about a winemaker named Parker trying to discover who murdered a food and wine critic at her winery. I especially loved the characters in the story like Liam, her slacker brother, his friend Reid, who creates amazing meals that made me hungry, and Zin, her diva cat. The story travels around Boulder and up into the mountains to Evergreen. The mystery had me guessing until close to the end with some good twists and turns. I'm excited to read the next one in the series.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    The last few cozy mysteries that I’ve read have just been okay, so I was super happy when Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing turned out to be so good! My husband and I love going to wineries, drinking wine, having wine tasting parties at our house, and making our own wine from kits. Because of this, I really, really enjoyed all the information that Lansing included in regards to wine, wine making, and pairing wine with food. Lansing’s characters are very developed for a first book in a series. A The last few cozy mysteries that I’ve read have just been okay, so I was super happy when Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing turned out to be so good! My husband and I love going to wineries, drinking wine, having wine tasting parties at our house, and making our own wine from kits. Because of this, I really, really enjoyed all the information that Lansing included in regards to wine, wine making, and pairing wine with food. Lansing’s characters are very developed for a first book in a series. And the way she writes about family dynamics in regards to parents and siblings feels very true. By the end of the book a new romance has started, and has the potential to turn into a love triangle in future books. I’m not sure how I feel about that since I like the man she’s with, but in cozy mysteries it’s always good to have the help of the police. The book’s location of Colorado was also very enjoyable to me, since that is usually where we go for vacation, and Lansing incorporates various venues and information about the state seamlessly into the story. I had the killer pegged pretty early on in the book, but Lansing had a lot of red herrings and misdirection, so if you don’t pay close attention the killer will probably be a surprise for you.I highly recommend Killer Chardonnay, and I will be reading book two when it comes out!
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  • Elisha “The Book Fairy” Katz
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been looking for the perfect millennial leaning cozy mystery for a while, and I think I’ve finally found it! Killer Chardonnay was the best cozy I’ve read in a while with a young, fun, clever amateur sleuth in a hip setting. References to frat house parties, cosplay, and social media hashtags made the book feel fresh in a genre often targeting an older generation.But never fear, the story still rings true to classic cozy troupes, including the sleuth owning a beloved cat (named Zin, short f I’ve been looking for the perfect millennial leaning cozy mystery for a while, and I think I’ve finally found it! Killer Chardonnay was the best cozy I’ve read in a while with a young, fun, clever amateur sleuth in a hip setting. References to frat house parties, cosplay, and social media hashtags made the book feel fresh in a genre often targeting an older generation.But never fear, the story still rings true to classic cozy troupes, including the sleuth owning a beloved cat (named Zin, short for Zinfandel), a bloodless murder, and several red herrings. The romance aspect was steamy yet tasteful and the book included minimal foul language.I’m a $5 Trader Joe’s wine kinda gal myself, but I admit that I appreciated the tips and tricks to wine making, tasting, and selling. Always love a little bonus trivia in my books!I’m proud of myself for figuring out the murderer before the end reveal, though it was by no means predictable or easy. Kate Lansing made sure to keep the reader on their toes, jumping from suspect to suspect, without getting lost along the way.If you’re a cozy fanatic or completely new to the genre, I recommend giving this one a try.
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  • Devon Daniels
    January 1, 1970
    Killer Chardonnay was such a delightful read! Kate Lansing's writing is smooth and free-flowing, and I loved the sumptuous descriptions of wine, food, fashion, and the setting in Boulder, CO (warning: this book will make you crave wine & cheese!) The pacing was perfect, effortlessly transitioning from scenes with friends to suspects to family members (and a sexy romance, to boot!) The mystery keeps you guessing - I was feeling pretty smug early on that I had the killer pegged, but ended up chang Killer Chardonnay was such a delightful read! Kate Lansing's writing is smooth and free-flowing, and I loved the sumptuous descriptions of wine, food, fashion, and the setting in Boulder, CO (warning: this book will make you crave wine & cheese!) The pacing was perfect, effortlessly transitioning from scenes with friends to suspects to family members (and a sexy romance, to boot!) The mystery keeps you guessing - I was feeling pretty smug early on that I had the killer pegged, but ended up changing my mind several different times while reading (only to be wrong in the end!)I highly recommend starting this book during happy hour so you enjoy your favorite glass of wine while savoring every word. Looking forward to more in this series!
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  • Samantha Verant
    January 1, 1970
    KILLER CHARDONNAY is the first cozy mystery I've read...and it won't be the last, especially if written by Kate Lansing. I loved this book--the twists in the plot, the wonderfully rendered characters (especially hot/sexy chef Reid), the setting, the lightning-fast pacing, the snappy dialogue, and the food and wine descriptions. Add in a murder mystery with a dash of romance, like a glass of wine, I gulped this one down in two delicious tastings. Refill please! I'm happy to see this is book one o KILLER CHARDONNAY is the first cozy mystery I've read...and it won't be the last, especially if written by Kate Lansing. I loved this book--the twists in the plot, the wonderfully rendered characters (especially hot/sexy chef Reid), the setting, the lightning-fast pacing, the snappy dialogue, and the food and wine descriptions. Add in a murder mystery with a dash of romance, like a glass of wine, I gulped this one down in two delicious tastings. Refill please! I'm happy to see this is book one of a planned series.An added bonus? Three mouth-watering recipes with wine pairings! Oh yes, count me in! The author had me at truffle.
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    The characters were likable enough, and the story was well-plotted, but I’ve never been a fan of present tense at all, so that really kept me from completely enjoying this book. I had considered the person who ended up being the killer, but as usual I never guess the reasoning. The showdown was pretty exciting, and I have to commend Parker for her quick thinking. I’m not a fan of present tense or romantic triangles either, so as interesting as this series could have been, I will pass on the rest The characters were likable enough, and the story was well-plotted, but I’ve never been a fan of present tense at all, so that really kept me from completely enjoying this book. I had considered the person who ended up being the killer, but as usual I never guess the reasoning. The showdown was pretty exciting, and I have to commend Parker for her quick thinking. I’m not a fan of present tense or romantic triangles either, so as interesting as this series could have been, I will pass on the rest of the series. I enjoyed reading through the recipes and wine pairings. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4+ stars..... fun cozy mystery! A great who-dun-it! Thank for the the giveaway! Hope to read more in this new series!
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fabulous debut from a new-to-me writer. I seriously read this in a few hours, I thought it was that good. Fantastic mystery, great family dynamics, I had a hunch who the killer was and I was right. Just a really overall fun, interesting read. Very excited for the next book in the series!
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  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    True Rating 3.5 stars!In Killer Chardonnay, Parker Valentine was living her dream made reality through the generosity of her aunt who had since passed away. Much was riding on Parker’s shoulders with the grand opening of her winery and although it was not an instant success, opening night was moving along quite well. When the whole hullabaloo took place with a food and wine critic, Parker thought her business was sunk. Despite all that was occurring, that would give anyone else every reason to q True Rating 3.5 stars!In Killer Chardonnay, Parker Valentine was living her dream made reality through the generosity of her aunt who had since passed away. Much was riding on Parker’s shoulders with the grand opening of her winery and although it was not an instant success, opening night was moving along quite well. When the whole hullabaloo took place with a food and wine critic, Parker thought her business was sunk. Despite all that was occurring, that would give anyone else every reason to quit, Parker held in there. She was determined to make a success of her dreams even if she had to solve a murder to make it all possible.I will say that even though I have no real-life experience with starting a business, especially of anything relating to a winery, Killer Chardonnay felt very authentic to me from a business start-up standpoint. It was not a story that was just about wine and its enjoyment, however, that feeling is very much there. It had a real nuts and bolt element about a determined business owner who was elbows deep into running a business. I very much enjoyed that this story gave a glimpse of what life was like for an entrepreneur who was determined to do whatever it took to make their business profitable and sustainable.Another lovely element to this story was Parker’s brother and her best friend. Although there was a little drama with the best friend’s boyfriend, ha ha ha, I never liked him at all. Also, there was a bit of a love triangle going on for Parker and, sadly, I am never a big fan of that. Luckily, it was not a major focus. As far as the sleuthing goes, some of the choices Parker made in the course of her investigation made little sense to me but nothing outside the expectations for a cozy mystery. I liked that suspicion was cast on multiple characters and it was a hoot trying to figure out who the guilty party was. Overall, I think Killer Chardonnay is a solid start to an enjoyable series, especially if you are a fan of the foodie vibe created in this story or a lover of winery mysteries!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    From Berkley Publishing Group comes the first book Killer Chardonnay in a new wine shop based cozy series, "A Colorado Wine Mystery." Parker is a new business owner; she wants to make it on her own but wants her family's support. Problem is, her family doesn't seem interested, or so she thinks, other than her brother. Opening a business is taking everything she has, but she isn't sure if it's going to be enough. Having one of the least liked critics in the area die the first day she opens, doesn From Berkley Publishing Group comes the first book Killer Chardonnay in a new wine shop based cozy series, "A Colorado Wine Mystery." Parker is a new business owner; she wants to make it on her own but wants her family's support. Problem is, her family doesn't seem interested, or so she thinks, other than her brother. Opening a business is taking everything she has, but she isn't sure if it's going to be enough. Having one of the least liked critics in the area die the first day she opens, doesn't bode well for the future. Social media has a new hashtag, and her business is in the middle of a storm that Parker may not recover from. The characters in this debut novel are still growing, and that is an excellent way to start. Parker needs confidence in her skills and business know-how, but overall she has the quirks and personality to keep readers interested. I am not a fan of a love triangle, especially in the first book in a series, but hopefully, this will be resolved in book two and not dragged out over multiple books. I had two issues with Killer Chardonnay. Number one, the police investigation. In real life, there is no way Parker would have been permitted to carry on with business if the police thought her business or products had anything to do with the death of a patron. Everything would have been confiscated, and the place closed down until the coroner makes a determination as to the cause of death: number two, the killer. I knew almost from the moment the murder happened the identity of the killer. When in the end, the motive is brought to light, it is not a surprise. In general, this was a good first book in a series that holds great promise. The writing is very smooth and pretty much flawless. The setting is intriguing, and most of the characters are fun. The murder, although routine in many ways, is made fresh by the location. The suspects and there are plenty of them, all have good reason to kill the victim, and no one will feel any sympathy for him. I am happy to recommend this book.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a new series by author Kate Lansing and I enjoyed reading it. I haven't read many cozy series centered around wine so that was a nice change of pace for me. I liked the characters. Parker is relatable and she is surrounded by a diverse, interesting cast of secondary characters. I like the sibling relationship between her and her brother Liam. It reminds me a bit of my relationship with my own brother.The mystery was well done. There wasn't much time to get to know the v This is the first book in a new series by author Kate Lansing and I enjoyed reading it. I haven't read many cozy series centered around wine so that was a nice change of pace for me. I liked the characters. Parker is relatable and she is surrounded by a diverse, interesting cast of secondary characters. I like the sibling relationship between her and her brother Liam. It reminds me a bit of my relationship with my own brother.The mystery was well done. There wasn't much time to get to know the victim but as a food critic, it is safe to assume he was not well-liked. Ms. Lansing did a nice job setting up a diverse cast of suspects with plenty of suspicions thrown on each one of them so as to keep this reader guessing as to the identity of the killer. I was surprised with the killer was revealed, but the author did a nice job of making it fit the clues and the story.My only criticism is the romantic storyline with Parker. I'm not against a protagonist in a cozy mystery having a love interest or romantic relationship. My criticism here is that it appears the author may be setting up a love triangle where there are two men vying for Parker. I'm not a fan of those storylines and they tend to turn me off of a series. I will be back to see where Ms. Lansing takes these characters in her next book. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Berkley, through Edelweiss Books. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful new series set in Boulder Colorado centered around a new winery with interesting names for the wines and many food descriptions.  It is like the best of all worlds for me.Parker is quite an independent woman that thinks she does not have the support of her parents when she decides to open a winery.  It is her passion and she has put everything into seeing this business succeed.  However, she doesn't expect someone to be murdered on opening day and for this to create bad press f What a delightful new series set in Boulder Colorado centered around a new winery with interesting names for the wines and many food descriptions.  It is like the best of all worlds for me.Parker is quite an independent woman that thinks she does not have the support of her parents when she decides to open a winery.  It is her passion and she has put everything into seeing this business succeed.  However, she doesn't expect someone to be murdered on opening day and for this to create bad press for her winery.  Despite the police involvement in trying to solve this case, Parker decides they aren't moving fast enough and decides to do some sleuthing on her own.  As with most cozies, this almost lands her in some very hot water and possibly becoming a victim herself.I was engrossed in this book from start to finish.  I tried to figure out who the killer was and while I had my suspicions about this character by the end, I had not figured out the why.  There are several red herrings, intriguing characters, and a potential love triangle.  This book really starts the series off with a bang and the author has a lot to live up to with the next book.There were a few quotes that I really liked and I wanted to share them with you:"Like a good red wine, sometimes you need to let a problem breathe - decant - to better understand its flavors.""...two undeniably attractive men waiting on my doorstep like Amazon packages."We give this book 5 paws up and we want to try some of the dishes and the wines!
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  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    Killer Chardonnay is a promising beginning to a new cozy mystery series. At the opening night of Parker’s winery, a well known local food critic dies after drinking the Chardonnay. Desperate to save her brand new business and professional dream, Parker becomes intent on figuring out who the killer is. This mystery was very well written and paced beautifully. I enjoyed all the mentions of food and wine and I loved Parker’s passion for wine making. Loved her best friend and her brother and I even Killer Chardonnay is a promising beginning to a new cozy mystery series. At the opening night of Parker’s winery, a well known local food critic dies after drinking the Chardonnay. Desperate to save her brand new business and professional dream, Parker becomes intent on figuring out who the killer is. This mystery was very well written and paced beautifully. I enjoyed all the mentions of food and wine and I loved Parker’s passion for wine making. Loved her best friend and her brother and I even loved the romance (and slight love triangle!). I did guess the culprit from pretty early on in the book but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all and I actually think the author did a great job at throwing believable suspicion at several parties involved.I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series and catching up with Parker and her friends again!Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Prime Crime for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Lyn Liao Butler
    January 1, 1970
    Loved, loved, loved this book!From the first pages, I was immediately transported to Vino Valentine, the winery owned by Parker Valentine. I could smell it, see it, taste the wine and as a wine lover, I was immediately in love. I wanted to be at the opening party for the winery. Well, except when the famous critic dies from his sip of the winery's chardonnay. And the book was off and running.Wine, possible sparks between two men, a cat named Zinfandel and a mystery make this a page turning read. Loved, loved, loved this book!From the first pages, I was immediately transported to Vino Valentine, the winery owned by Parker Valentine. I could smell it, see it, taste the wine and as a wine lover, I was immediately in love. I wanted to be at the opening party for the winery. Well, except when the famous critic dies from his sip of the winery's chardonnay. And the book was off and running.Wine, possible sparks between two men, a cat named Zinfandel and a mystery make this a page turning read. Plus it was beautifully written, so much so that I could picture Colorado and the characters perfectly, imagining myself there. I read this in two days, rooting for Parker and her new winery, hoping she survives this mystery that surrounds the opening of her winery. A definite recommend!
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  • Kat Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Killer Chardonnay was my first ever cozy mystery read, and I couldn't have kicked off my dip into the genre with a better story! The plot was intriguing and twisty with a modern feel, keeping me guessing until the finale. All of the characters were well-rounded and interesting, with each adding their own unique value and element of depth. I connected with Parker so much and found her relatable and inspiring, and the food and wine descriptions were both tantalizing and seamlessly blended in to th Killer Chardonnay was my first ever cozy mystery read, and I couldn't have kicked off my dip into the genre with a better story! The plot was intriguing and twisty with a modern feel, keeping me guessing until the finale. All of the characters were well-rounded and interesting, with each adding their own unique value and element of depth. I connected with Parker so much and found her relatable and inspiring, and the food and wine descriptions were both tantalizing and seamlessly blended in to the superb writing. Looking forward to more cozies from Kate Lansing. Until then, I'll have to try the fabulous recipes in the back while I re-read this gem of a debut.
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  • Angela Gillooley
    January 1, 1970
    Great New cozy !!!I received an advanced copy of this amazing book from Berkeley/Penguin Random House. Killer Chardonnay was all you can ask for from a cozy. The setting was superb. It had all the right elements plot twists, intrigue, and fantastic characters. I will be following this author . Really excited for the next book in this series.
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  • Shari Heinze
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome book really enjoyedI love wine but not as big of a connoisseur, but will look forward to Kate Lansing's next books.Like her way of writing . Definitely a goodread
  • Penny Drumm
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Penguin Random House are an ARC for this book. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's a fun, lighthearted, quick read. The characters are flawed and believable. What struck me the most was how clean the book is. No bad language and no sex scenes. Very refreshing read!!!
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing has Parker Valentine opening Vino Valentine in Boulder, Colorado. Parker is surprised when food and wine blogger, Gaskel Brown arrives for a tasting. His review could make or break her new venture. Gaskel tastes her chardonnay and does not seem to enjoy it. He then disappears into the restroom. When the critic fails to return, Parker finds him dead on the bathroom floor. Detective Eli Fuller, an old school chum, is on the case and it does not look good for Parke Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing has Parker Valentine opening Vino Valentine in Boulder, Colorado. Parker is surprised when food and wine blogger, Gaskel Brown arrives for a tasting. His review could make or break her new venture. Gaskel tastes her chardonnay and does not seem to enjoy it. He then disappears into the restroom. When the critic fails to return, Parker finds him dead on the bathroom floor. Detective Eli Fuller, an old school chum, is on the case and it does not look good for Parker. Gaskel was poisoned which has #killerchardonnay trending online. Parker’s winery is in danger of closing if she cannot restore her reputation and prove she did not kill the critical critic. Killer Chardonnay is the debut of A Colorado Wine Mystery series. I found Killer Chardonnay to be nicely written with good pacing which made this lighthearted cozy mystery easy to read. Parker Valentine is a friendly and relatable main character with a passion for wine making. I liked her cat, Zin (Zinfandel is full name). There are a variety of secondary characters that include Parker’s parents, her brother, best friend, and a love interest or two. I liked the descriptions of Boulder and Parker’s winery, Vino Valentine. I could imagine the both from the author’s word imagery. It was interesting learning about the different wines and how they are made. I am amazed at the different flavor profiles that can be obtained from grapes (I could envision someone swirling a glass and taking a taste stating they could taste a hint of chocolate or pear with a hint of smokiness—you can tell I do not drink wine). The mystery had a variety of suspects along with misdirection. There was action as the killer attempted to warn off Parker and keep her from finding pertinent clues. The poison was unique, but I wish it had been harder to identify the guilty party. I could see Parker in my mind as she put together the final clue and identified the killer. There was a little too much romance for my taste plus I am never a fan of multiple of love interests. I prefer romantic relationships in cozies to develop slowly instead of instant passion like a romance novel. I would have preferred if the author had not used foul language in this story. There was some luscious food served in Killer Chardonnay. Recipes and wine pairings are included at the end of the book. Killer Chardonnay is a merry cozy mystery with a butchered blogger, wicked wines, a cute chef, social media madness, and a cunning killer.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Parker Valentine made her dreams come true when she opened her own Colorado winery. When a well known restaurant critic and blogger shows up at her opening and drops dead after drinking her wine, she decides to help the investigation along by snooping. Although I had figured out who must be the killer almost from the start, the author created plenty of red herrings to divert attention from the person which probably worked more effectively for some readers than for me. The mystery is more engagin Parker Valentine made her dreams come true when she opened her own Colorado winery. When a well known restaurant critic and blogger shows up at her opening and drops dead after drinking her wine, she decides to help the investigation along by snooping. Although I had figured out who must be the killer almost from the start, the author created plenty of red herrings to divert attention from the person which probably worked more effectively for some readers than for me. The mystery is more engaging than many of today's cozies, and I might enjoy reading future installments. I liked Parker and the police detective. Most of the characters work although I'm a bit lukewarm on a few. This review is based on an advance electronic copy received through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review. (3.5 stars)
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  •  Reading Reindeer
    January 1, 1970
    Vintner Parker Valentine just wants her new vintage and new wine shop in Boulder, Colorado, to open to success. That shouldn't be too much to ask! Yet Grand Opening sees an ugly breakup of a customer couple, dismay of a famous wine critic (there goes the ratings), corked by the sudden unexpected demise of the critic.This is the Grand Opening that should never have occurred!Includes recipes and wine-pairing, plus lots of gentle no-fuss education on the art and science of wine-making.
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