Book Review: A Pairing To Die For

Book Review: A Pairing To Die For

Thank you to Berkley publishing for providing me a free digital copy of A Pairing to Die For in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Another fun installment in the series, A Pairing To Die For was heavy on the mystery, this time around. Some of the same, lovable characters return, but there wasn’t as much focus on food and wine, which I feel like I missed. I wanted to spend more time in Parker’s winery. But overall an enjoyable read that was surprisingly fast paced! Looking forward to the next one!

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

2E9AADC3-F612-4F26-9201-4E267E2CBB98Thanks to Edelweiss and Berkley publishing for providing me with a free digital copy of Killer Chardonnay in exchange for me honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

What a fun, light, easy mystery!  Perfect for summertime reading!  For a cozy mystery, I found Killer Chardonnay to be rather sophisticated.  All characters and plot lines were plausible, no cheesy romance and honestly, my favorite part was the genuine relationships Lansing was able to give her characters.  I enjoyed Parker’s sibling relationship with her brother, I found it to be very honest and realistic. And Parker’s less than enthusiastic opinion of her best friend Sage’s boyfriend felt true to a strong female friendship.

I loved all the wine and food descriptions and the mystery itself was complex and well built up. I would like to learn a little more about the winemaking process in future books as it was only hinted at here but overall I really enjoyed this one and will definitely keep my eye out for the second book in the series. Pick this one up for your next beach read!