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.


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!