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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 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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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 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.

30 review for A Pairing to Die for

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Reid Wallace’s estranged family has come for a visit to Boulder, Colorado, and Parker Valentine is hoping to make a good impression on her boyfriend’s family. However, things aren’t going well as Reid’s family is constantly judging everything she says as not being up to their standards. Never mind their opinions of her wine. The visit is interrupted when Reid is arrested for murder. Oscar, the sous chef at Reid’s restaurant and his long-time friend, was murder behind the restaurant, and the poli Reid Wallace’s estranged family has come for a visit to Boulder, Colorado, and Parker Valentine is hoping to make a good impression on her boyfriend’s family. However, things aren’t going well as Reid’s family is constantly judging everything she says as not being up to their standards. Never mind their opinions of her wine. The visit is interrupted when Reid is arrested for murder. Oscar, the sous chef at Reid’s restaurant and his long-time friend, was murder behind the restaurant, and the police are certain that Reid did it. Parker doesn’t believe that Reid is capable of murder and sets out to figure out what really happened. Can she free her boyfriend from jail? The first in this series was one of my favorite books from 2020, so I had high hopes for this one. I’m pleased to say I enjoyed it. There is plenty of conflict in this book to keep us hooked. I did think the pacing started to slow in the middle, but about the time I thought that, it picked up again and kept going until we reached the end. The characters are still rich, and I appreciated the growth in their relationships, while the new characters fit perfectly into Parker’s world. For those interested because of the wine theme, there are plenty of scenes in Parker’s winery. I’d forgotten that this series is written in the present tense, which I don’t mind once my brain adjusts. There are three delicious sounding recipes with suggested wine pairings at the end of the book. If you haven’t started this series, you need to fix that. If you’ve read the first, this book will please you. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing is another great book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series! Once again, Lansing does an amazing job with character development. We meet Reid’s family right away in the book and see that Lansing can write characters who are horrible people, as well as characters you want to be friends with. The dinner scene at the beginning was so excruciating, but felt true to life for me. And if you’ve never experienced a dinner like that before, then I am very happy for you! A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing is another great book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series! Once again, Lansing does an amazing job with character development. We meet Reid’s family right away in the book and see that Lansing can write characters who are horrible people, as well as characters you want to be friends with. The dinner scene at the beginning was so excruciating, but felt true to life for me. And if you’ve never experienced a dinner like that before, then I am very happy for you! Romance is often a part of cozy mysteries since you have to have a contact in the police/legal/newspaper field, but I really enjoy the romance in this cozy series. The way Reid stands up for Parker is wonderful to see in a relationship. I know it’s just a book, but I have seen many couples in real life who do not have this important fundamental part of a relationship, so it’s nice to be able to read about one. Even though Parker’s faith in Reid truly being innocent gets tested a bit, of course, it all turns out well. I did have a strong and correct suspicion about who the killer was early on, but Lansing really did do well with the red herrings and twists. I just read so many mysteries, that you kind of get a feel for it. But I will say, with the killer’s reveal, it will add an interesting dynamic to future books in the series. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all will play out, and am looking forward to book three in the Colorado Wine Mysteries.

  3. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    I had not read the first book in this series, but I was just fine to pick up this second book. It was a fun quick read, perfect for a time you can get some wine and just get lost in this cozy mystery. Parker owns her own Wine making business and is happy with her boyfriend. When she has to clear his name after being accused of murder, she is on the case to make sure her love is not taken away to jail. I thought this was a cute cozy. Parker has to solve the crime since Reid does not seem to have I had not read the first book in this series, but I was just fine to pick up this second book. It was a fun quick read, perfect for a time you can get some wine and just get lost in this cozy mystery. Parker owns her own Wine making business and is happy with her boyfriend. When she has to clear his name after being accused of murder, she is on the case to make sure her love is not taken away to jail. I thought this was a cute cozy. Parker has to solve the crime since Reid does not seem to have a family who cares about his innocence. What I have noticed abut cozy mysteries is they all follow a pattern.... a woman who owns a business and then has to solve all of the murders in town. There is usually a love triangle as well. I got some Joanna Fluke vibes, just like Hannah Swensen with her bakery and love triangle. I have fun with these books, but it would be cool to see something less formualic. A solid cozy mystery that is easy to finish in a day. I think the series has some big potential. Thank you NetGalley and Berkeley for sharing a review copy with me. All thoughts and opinion are solely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "A Pairing to Die For” by Kate Lansing the second instalment in the “Colorado Wine Mystery” series. I struggled sometimes with all the wine references, being a non drinker but over all I enjoy this series. I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in a few days. 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 makes a good protagonist. The secondary characters Sage, Liam, even her mum were "A Pairing to Die For” by Kate Lansing the second instalment in the “Colorado Wine Mystery” series. I struggled sometimes with all the wine references, being a non drinker but over all I enjoy this series. I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in a few days. 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 makes a good protagonist. The secondary characters Sage, Liam, even her mum were likeable as well. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Parker and Reid. I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Berkeley Publishing and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Penney

    The stakes are even higher in the second Colorado Wine Mystery and this well-written, atmospheric mystery is a very enjoyable ride. With endearing characters, yummy food and wine pairings, and hip Boulder, Colorado ambiance, this series is becoming one of my favorites.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anita Kushwaha

    I loved the second installment in the Colorado Wine Mystery series as much as I did the first! I was drawn into the page-turning plot from the first chapter. The story had twists and gasp moments I didn't see coming, the mystery building to a satisfying end. I knew way back in book 1 that Parker Valentine was someone I would love to be friends with and not just because she owns a winery. She's witty, charming, loyal, ambitious, and sharp. I love the insights she offers about life, family, and re I loved the second installment in the Colorado Wine Mystery series as much as I did the first! I was drawn into the page-turning plot from the first chapter. The story had twists and gasp moments I didn't see coming, the mystery building to a satisfying end. I knew way back in book 1 that Parker Valentine was someone I would love to be friends with and not just because she owns a winery. She's witty, charming, loyal, ambitious, and sharp. I love the insights she offers about life, family, and relationships as she reflects on the challenges that she and the people around her are going through. Those nuances are part of what makes Parker such a compelling character and Lansing's writing so satisfying. The delectable descriptions of wine and food made me hungry and oh-so thirsty for a cold glass of wine. I cannot wait to try out the recipes at the back of the book and, of course, I'm anxiously awaiting book 3 and another gripping cozy mystery from this wildly talented writer. I give this book all the stars!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    5/5 stars Lansing absolutely nailed the second book in her Colorado Wine Mystery series. I loved getting a glimpse into Reid, where he comes from, and what he's made of when the foundations he stands on start to crumble. Seeing his family and their dynamic with Parker create the first spark of friction to build the story on was perfection in story telling and set the pace to be unputdownable. Our girl Parker is my fave amateur sleuth! She is a strong and independent woman with a focus and determi 5/5 stars Lansing absolutely nailed the second book in her Colorado Wine Mystery series. I loved getting a glimpse into Reid, where he comes from, and what he's made of when the foundations he stands on start to crumble. Seeing his family and their dynamic with Parker create the first spark of friction to build the story on was perfection in story telling and set the pace to be unputdownable. Our girl Parker is my fave amateur sleuth! She is a strong and independent woman with a focus and determination I admire. I will follow her anywhere! I will also learn a lot about wine from her through this series which I can't wait to put to use over the holidays with the fantastic recipes included in the book (and a pairing cheat sheet just in case!). I really loved the way Lansing captured the atmosphere of Boulder Colorado in the fall, the vibe is so unique and it bleeds through the pages here. It made this Colorado heart so happy! For those of you wondering.... YES, A Pairing to Die For can absolutely be read without reading the first one if you choose. If you like wine and murder, friendships and complicated relationships, mouthwatering food descriptions and strong independent women, this one is a must read for your TBR. ****Thank you so much to Berkley Books and Edelweiss for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*****

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Verant

    Parker and Reid are back again in this second–and extremely fun– installment of the Colorado Wine Mystery series. Along with some sleuthing, there is food galore, delicious wines, and even some grape stomping, the latter, of which, made me think of that famed Lucille Ball episode. The book is fast-paced (I read it in two sittings), the characters are beautifully developed (even the villains), and it kept me guessing the whole time. Thoroughly enjoyable, with all the right notes, I really hope La Parker and Reid are back again in this second–and extremely fun– installment of the Colorado Wine Mystery series. Along with some sleuthing, there is food galore, delicious wines, and even some grape stomping, the latter, of which, made me think of that famed Lucille Ball episode. The book is fast-paced (I read it in two sittings), the characters are beautifully developed (even the villains), and it kept me guessing the whole time. Thoroughly enjoyable, with all the right notes, I really hope Lansing has more books planned!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    What a fun cozy--I'd give it 4-1/2 stars out of 5! I didn't read Book 1, but I will now. I love the characters--Parker and Reid, Reid's snooty family, Parker's employee, her friends--they all interest me. I even love all the bits about the process of making wine--and I don't like wine at all! But it's part of the believable world (well, as believable as cozies get) that Lansing builds here. The plot is interesting and fast-paced, though I had a good idea who the killer was before it was revealed What a fun cozy--I'd give it 4-1/2 stars out of 5! I didn't read Book 1, but I will now. I love the characters--Parker and Reid, Reid's snooty family, Parker's employee, her friends--they all interest me. I even love all the bits about the process of making wine--and I don't like wine at all! But it's part of the believable world (well, as believable as cozies get) that Lansing builds here. The plot is interesting and fast-paced, though I had a good idea who the killer was before it was revealed. The justice system works ridiculously quickly in arresting and arraigning Reid, but it gives Parker great motivation to solve the crime. Parker is strong, vulnerable, smart, and brave. I can't wait for the next book. Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! There's a polish to this author's work that is really rare for a new author. The plot is so intricately woven, the setting so idyllic, and the characters so empathetically crafted that this book pulls you in by the collar and doesn't want to let go! The book begins with Parker suffering through a dinner with her boyfriend Reid's haughty parents and two brothers. As rough as the meal is it's a cakewalk compared to how the evening ends, with Reid This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! There's a polish to this author's work that is really rare for a new author. The plot is so intricately woven, the setting so idyllic, and the characters so empathetically crafted that this book pulls you in by the collar and doesn't want to let go! The book begins with Parker suffering through a dinner with her boyfriend Reid's haughty parents and two brothers. As rough as the meal is it's a cakewalk compared to how the evening ends, with Reid's sous chef and friend Oscar stabbed to death in the alley behind Reid's new restaurant and Reid hauled off to jail for the crime. Of course we all know Reid isn't capable of killing anyone, let alone someone he cares about as much as Oscar, but the Boulder Police Department, specifically Detective Eli, don't seem to agree. It's up to Parker to find enough evidence to get Reid off the hook. This is a series I think you don't have to read in order. Book 1 is only referred to twice that I specifically remember and it's inconsequential both times so I think it's safe to read these out of order. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayne Spooner

    This is a fun cozy mystery starring Parker, a winemaker, in Boulder. Parker is looking for clues to help Reid, her chef boyfriend, who has been arrested for murder. This book is the second book in the Colorado Winemaker Series. (The first book is Killer Chardonnay). I loved reading about Boulder in the fall with the leaves changing and the local foods. While I was reading the story I felt like I was transported to the Boulder farmer’s market in the fall. Parker and her friends and family come to This is a fun cozy mystery starring Parker, a winemaker, in Boulder. Parker is looking for clues to help Reid, her chef boyfriend, who has been arrested for murder. This book is the second book in the Colorado Winemaker Series. (The first book is Killer Chardonnay). I loved reading about Boulder in the fall with the leaves changing and the local foods. While I was reading the story I felt like I was transported to the Boulder farmer’s market in the fall. Parker and her friends and family come together to solve the mystery and stomp some grapes. Also, there are 2 cute cats in this story. The story has great characters and I look forward to seeing what they get up to next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Liao

    I loved this follow-up to Killer Chardonnay, and being back in Parker's world! The wine and food is described so well I could smell and taste it, and the mystery element brought tension and suspense that kept me reading. Kate Lansing writes with so much warmth that I wish I knew the characters and was able to visit Vino Valentine in person. Such a fun read that kept me hooked, trying to guess who was the real killer. Just what I needed to take me out of the real pandemic world, and into Parker's I loved this follow-up to Killer Chardonnay, and being back in Parker's world! The wine and food is described so well I could smell and taste it, and the mystery element brought tension and suspense that kept me reading. Kate Lansing writes with so much warmth that I wish I knew the characters and was able to visit Vino Valentine in person. Such a fun read that kept me hooked, trying to guess who was the real killer. Just what I needed to take me out of the real pandemic world, and into Parker's life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    4.5 stars Lansing does a great job of raising the stakes in this book since her boyfriend is in really deep trouble. I love how she explores the serious topics of the justice system, family dynamics, and more, while still maintaining a moving and intriguing mystery. There is deeper insight into the winemaking process with this novel, and I appreciated all the factoids given. Familiar characters also made a few cameos, so it felt like a fun reunion at times. I really appreciated the extra focus o 4.5 stars Lansing does a great job of raising the stakes in this book since her boyfriend is in really deep trouble. I love how she explores the serious topics of the justice system, family dynamics, and more, while still maintaining a moving and intriguing mystery. There is deeper insight into the winemaking process with this novel, and I appreciated all the factoids given. Familiar characters also made a few cameos, so it felt like a fun reunion at times. I really appreciated the extra focus on Parker’s relationship with her parents, too, particularly with her mom. Even though I could figure out the actual culprit before the end, I still liked the psychology behind it. This was not as lighthearted of a read as the previous novel, but I did appreciate some of the questions raised. An interesting mystery that delves into some complex topics like family, police bias, and even classism.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Parker Valentine is turning her new winery business into a huge success, although it’s not always easy. Her assistant, Felix, is a huge help. Her mother is not all that happy with Parker’s new business, but she’s trying to come to terms with it. Meanwhile, Parker’s relationship with Reid Wallace, a local restaurant owner and chef, is moving along smoothly. When Reid’s family comes to town, Parker quickly learns to appreciates her own family. To say Reid’s family is difficult to deal with would b Parker Valentine is turning her new winery business into a huge success, although it’s not always easy. Her assistant, Felix, is a huge help. Her mother is not all that happy with Parker’s new business, but she’s trying to come to terms with it. Meanwhile, Parker’s relationship with Reid Wallace, a local restaurant owner and chef, is moving along smoothly. When Reid’s family comes to town, Parker quickly learns to appreciates her own family. To say Reid’s family is difficult to deal with would be putting it mildly. Parker and the Wallace family get off to a very unpleasant start and it never gets any better. Then, Reid’s sous chef is found dead and the police turn right in Reid’s direction. They are convinced he is the killer and arrest him. Devastated, Parker vows to prove his innocence. His family is absolutely no help. She begins an investigation and doesn’t care where it leads as long as she gets Reid out of jail. Parker has no idea what sort of secrets have been buried and she would soon uncover. I loved the first book in this series and I loved this one even more. The author has done a very good job at developing the characters. With each page readers learn more about Parker and Reid. Their characters take shape and come to life. So does their relationship. The storyline is fast-paced with many twists and turns along the way. I wasn’t expecting the direction the author took to solving the mystery, but it all made sense in the end. It made for an exciting finale. I’m looking forward to another visit to Boulder, Colorado and more delightful mysteries for Parker to solve. Warning: You may start craving wine once you start this series. I know I did. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Dars

    Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, and Reid Wallace, owner and head chef of recently opened Spoons, have not only created a business collaboration pairing their food and wine, they’ve been dating for four months. When Reid’s estranged family visits Boulder, Parker joins them for a celebratory dinner at Spoons. Not only does something go awry in the kitchen making Reid’s carefully planned dishes less than delectable, his family is openly hostile to Parker despite her efforts to make a posi Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, and Reid Wallace, owner and head chef of recently opened Spoons, have not only created a business collaboration pairing their food and wine, they’ve been dating for four months. When Reid’s estranged family visits Boulder, Parker joins them for a celebratory dinner at Spoons. Not only does something go awry in the kitchen making Reid’s carefully planned dishes less than delectable, his family is openly hostile to Parker despite her efforts to make a positive impression. Even worse, the next day, she learn that Reid’s sous chef, Oscar, was killed in the alley behind the restaurant. Reid’s distinctive chef’s knife is found at the scene, and an eyewitness identifies him as the murderer. Reid is quickly arrested, and refuses all help from his family, so Parker’s best friend, Sage, volunteers as his legal counsel. With such strong evidence against Reid, though, Parker knows finding the real killer will give him his best chance at freedom. As Parker investigates, she is warned off the case by Detective Eli Fuller, especially when she starts receiving threats. Knowing this means she’s getting closer to the truth, she only redoubles her efforts despite the danger. 𝘈 𝘗𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘋𝘪𝘦 𝘍𝘰𝘳 by Kate Lansing is a quick, cute cozy mystery with a determined and plucky protagonist as well as a feline sidekick, Zin. Like the first book in the series, 𝘈 𝘗𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘋𝘪𝘦 𝘍𝘰𝘳 includes insight into winemaking—and a barrel full of wine metaphors. The characters and their relationships have developed, and the book touches on social issues such as the high costs of health care. The depiction of the murder victim humanized him, and that, as well as the jeopardy facing Reid, gave the case high emotional impact and significant stakes, and I thought it played out well. I also appreciate a cozy mystery without a love triangle! Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @berkleypub for this ARC via @netgalley. All opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this sequel in the Colorado Wine Mystery series. Perfect setting, great character development and a captivating storyline made this quite a cozy read. It’s no secret that I love Colorado and long to live near the mountains. Glimpses of Fall descending on Boulder throughout this book was just good for my soul. I could easily picture the Flatirons and imagine the hiking trails. I love the fact that the mai Thank you @berkleypub for this ARC via @netgalley. All opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this sequel in the Colorado Wine Mystery series. Perfect setting, great character development and a captivating storyline made this quite a cozy read. It’s no secret that I love Colorado and long to live near the mountains. Glimpses of Fall descending on Boulder throughout this book was just good for my soul. I could easily picture the Flatirons and imagine the hiking trails. I love the fact that the main character is a rock climber and we get to see her describe and enjoy her hobby in each book. I also love learning a few tidbits about the process of making wine and appreciate the connection of chemistry to this part of the culinary world. Don’t laugh, but ever since I saw A Walk in the Cloud (hello, young Keanu), I’ve wanted to stomp grapes. I would easily sign up for this new event at Vino Valentine and sighed through those scenes. The author has done a fantastic job of already developing the central cast. I even liked Liam’s role in this book as they learn to navigate rejection, yet remain friends. I also enjoyed seeing Parker’s mom show interest in her daughter’s profession. Brace yourself for meeting Reid’s family. Goodness, what a crew!!! How the sweet chef if related to them is a mystery in and of itself. With Reid being wrongfully accused for murder, this mystery is full of action, shocking twists and plenty of red herrings. I gasped and definitely had the wrong culprit picked out so the last few chapters were extra captivating. The book concludes with a few recipes!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    The first book in this series was one of the best I had read last year so I was really looking forward to reading A Pairing to Die For. This second book did not disappoint and I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series due out later this year. There is so much in this book to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. I really enjoy all of the characters and find them to be well written. The author has done a good job of growing their relationships - especially Parker's relationship wi The first book in this series was one of the best I had read last year so I was really looking forward to reading A Pairing to Die For. This second book did not disappoint and I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series due out later this year. There is so much in this book to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. I really enjoy all of the characters and find them to be well written. The author has done a good job of growing their relationships - especially Parker's relationship with her mother. If you enjoy wine or have an interest in learning about the process, this series offers the reader a nice peek "behind the curtain" without taking too much from the story or the mystery. The mystery was solid and kept me guessing until the end. The author did a nice job of throwing me off track. About mid-way through the story, I thought I knew the killer's identity but then the author diverted my attention with some red herrings that fooled me. The story and mystery are wrapped up with an ending that once again finds Parker in danger but coming out only a little worse for wear. This is a terrific series and frankly, I've not been overly impressed with some of the new cozy mystery authors that have been released by this publisher lately. I'm hopeful that this is a series that will stick around for a while because I would like to see where this author takes the characters and what future mysteries she has in store.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    The second in the series felt remarkably similar to the first. Parker is "forced" to investigate a murder, this time because her boyfriend Reid has been arrested for the crime. While this mystery was solid, and I pieced together some elements but not all--definitely less predictable than the first--it leaves me, as a reader, wondering what next? Everything seems so neatly wrapped up, both personally and professionally for the characters, and I can't fathom how Parker could find herself involved The second in the series felt remarkably similar to the first. Parker is "forced" to investigate a murder, this time because her boyfriend Reid has been arrested for the crime. While this mystery was solid, and I pieced together some elements but not all--definitely less predictable than the first--it leaves me, as a reader, wondering what next? Everything seems so neatly wrapped up, both personally and professionally for the characters, and I can't fathom how Parker could find herself involved in a crime again. Then again, cozy mystery authors always seem to find a way... This book is a fairly standard cozy mystery--nothing particularly groundbreaking, but nothing bad either. If you're really into wine or Boulder, you might prefer this to some others. I wish the author had dialed back the references to Redi's "cocky/cocksure grin"--not sure why that aggressive repetition wasn't caught in editing. One of my comments about the first book was that I hoped the author would use the location more to her advantage, and I appreciated the further integration of Boulder, CO into the story with references to the mountains, the farmer's market, and more areas of town. Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review! 4 stars - 6/10

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A middle-of-the-road cozy mystery featuring Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine in Boulder, Colorado, who must take on the daunting task of meeting the parents. Camilla Wallace, Reid's mother, already disapproves of her son’s choice of becoming a chef and restaurant owner when his two brothers, attorney Ben and physician Tristan, are accomplished in their respected fields. When Reid is accused of murdering his sous chef Oscar Flores, a man the family knows and despises, the Wallace’s don’t A middle-of-the-road cozy mystery featuring Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine in Boulder, Colorado, who must take on the daunting task of meeting the parents. Camilla Wallace, Reid's mother, already disapproves of her son’s choice of becoming a chef and restaurant owner when his two brothers, attorney Ben and physician Tristan, are accomplished in their respected fields. When Reid is accused of murdering his sous chef Oscar Flores, a man the family knows and despises, the Wallace’s don’t bother to lift a finger to help their son. If he can’t live up to their expectation then he must live his own life -- without their money. Parker can’t let this sit. With Reid in jail, and Parker unsure of their future, she enlists the help of her friends to investigate Oscar's murder. Turns out that the clues point closer to home than anyone, including the intolerable Camilla, could have imagined. A Pairing to Die For is on par with a Killer Chardonnay, the first in the series. There may be more winemaking technique and food paring than most readers want to read over and over, but once you get past that, the friendships and conflicts keep you engaged and cheering on this cast of sleuths.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Homerun2

    3.5 stars This cozy series is set in Boulder, Colorado and features a young female winemaker. Parker Valentine is trying to fulfill a dream by blending her own grapes and wine brand in a shop in Boulder. As this book opens, she is stuck at the dinner from hell with her boyfriend's parents and brothers at the boyfriend's restaurant. The parents are almost cartoonishly awful. But the evening isn't over. One of boyfriend Reid's staff is found murdered in the alley later that night with Reid's knife. 3.5 stars This cozy series is set in Boulder, Colorado and features a young female winemaker. Parker Valentine is trying to fulfill a dream by blending her own grapes and wine brand in a shop in Boulder. As this book opens, she is stuck at the dinner from hell with her boyfriend's parents and brothers at the boyfriend's restaurant. The parents are almost cartoonishly awful. But the evening isn't over. One of boyfriend Reid's staff is found murdered in the alley later that night with Reid's knife. Parker is way more concerned about Reid's arrest and incarceration than his family so she decides to investigate. As is often the case with cozies, Parker seems to spend a lot more time playing detective than she does running her business. Her family is also among the cast of characters and there is a bit of family drama with both Parker and Reid's parents. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A Pairing To Die For is book 2 in a wonderful cozy mystery series. This book is just as good as the first (Killer Chardonnay)! Book 2 continues the story of Parker, a young winemaker and owner of her own winery, and her boyfriend, Reid, an upcoming chef, as they strive to make their restaurants successful and their relationship work. As in book 1, however, Parker becomes caught up in a murder mystery only this time, Reid is the main suspect. Parker is determined to figure out what happened and s A Pairing To Die For is book 2 in a wonderful cozy mystery series. This book is just as good as the first (Killer Chardonnay)! Book 2 continues the story of Parker, a young winemaker and owner of her own winery, and her boyfriend, Reid, an upcoming chef, as they strive to make their restaurants successful and their relationship work. As in book 1, however, Parker becomes caught up in a murder mystery only this time, Reid is the main suspect. Parker is determined to figure out what happened and solve the mystery. The story unfolds at a good pace with writing that pulls you in and keeps you engaged throughout. The characters continue to be spot on. Parker is a loveable, gutsy, funny character and I love her pairing with Reid and the development of their relationship. I can’t wait for book 3 to continue her story! A gem of a series. Highly recommend you check both books out!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the second book in the Colorado Wine mystery series by Kate Lansing. The second book in this series starts off with a bang as Parker is trying to connect to her boyfriend’s family who is there for an impromptu visit. Then one of the people working in the kitchen gets murdered with her boyfriend’s knife making him suspect number one. And his family could care less about his predicament. This was quite a page turner. I think I was most interested in the mystery and seeing how Reid’s 4.5 stars This is the second book in the Colorado Wine mystery series by Kate Lansing. The second book in this series starts off with a bang as Parker is trying to connect to her boyfriend’s family who is there for an impromptu visit. Then one of the people working in the kitchen gets murdered with her boyfriend’s knife making him suspect number one. And his family could care less about his predicament. This was quite a page turner. I think I was most interested in the mystery and seeing how Reid’s relationship with his family might change by the end. Definitely a great read. Loving this series already. It is a good one to check out, especially if you love wine. Kinda missing the whole “wine making atmosphere” like in book one but this really kept my attention throughout. If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. The second in this series featuring winemaker and tasting room owner Parker Valentine was a good follow-up, though I'll admit I didn't love it QUITE as much as the first in the series. The wine metaphors and puns were a bit heavy handed, but fortunately the mystery didn't suffer. Parker's boyfriend is being accused of murdering his friend and sous chef, so the stakes are high in this one. This was an entertaining m Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. The second in this series featuring winemaker and tasting room owner Parker Valentine was a good follow-up, though I'll admit I didn't love it QUITE as much as the first in the series. The wine metaphors and puns were a bit heavy handed, but fortunately the mystery didn't suffer. Parker's boyfriend is being accused of murdering his friend and sous chef, so the stakes are high in this one. This was an entertaining mystery, and I do certainly hope to see the series continue!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Morrison

    Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the digital advance reading copy of this book. This was the second book in the A Colorado Wine Mystery series and it was just as fun as the first. I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until the reveal. Kate Lansing did a great job of misdirecting suspicion onto other characters. I also love learning all about wine making and the science involved during fermentation and aging. Keep these books coming!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Upuli Pahalawatta

    Parker and Reid have reached a new milestone! Meeting Reid's estranged family. However things do not go to plan.... When a close associate turns up dead, Reid is the main suspect and it's upto Parker to keep him out of prison. Kate Lansing delivers once again with a compelling mystery, a love story and a detailed dive into the winemaking process. Parker and Reid have reached a new milestone! Meeting Reid's estranged family. However things do not go to plan.... When a close associate turns up dead, Reid is the main suspect and it's upto Parker to keep him out of prison. Kate Lansing delivers once again with a compelling mystery, a love story and a detailed dive into the winemaking process.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I really am enjoying this new series! It's fresh, love the winery and foodie vibe and the characters are really starting to flesh out. This story revolves around family on so many levels and makes you think about loyalty, relationships and last chances. Can't wait to see what Ms Lansing comes up with next for Parker, Vino Valentine and Reid. I really am enjoying this new series! It's fresh, love the winery and foodie vibe and the characters are really starting to flesh out. This story revolves around family on so many levels and makes you think about loyalty, relationships and last chances. Can't wait to see what Ms Lansing comes up with next for Parker, Vino Valentine and Reid.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hoffman

    When her boyfriend's estranged parents so up, Parker Valentine only wants to make a good impression. The only thing she didn't expect was her boyfriend, Reid, being accused of murder. It's a great continuation of a new cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the first book in series, this one followed up well. I also like this trend of having cozy mystery protagonists under 30. When her boyfriend's estranged parents so up, Parker Valentine only wants to make a good impression. The only thing she didn't expect was her boyfriend, Reid, being accused of murder. It's a great continuation of a new cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the first book in series, this one followed up well. I also like this trend of having cozy mystery protagonists under 30.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Renee Winter

    Second in the series but first rate read!! A fast pacedfun fun filled read that keeps you on your toes. The food and wine descriptions will make your mouth water! I highly recommend this book!! #netgalley #Berkley In exchange for a honest review I received a digital copy of this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    Title: A Pairing to Die For Author: Kate Lansing Genre: Cozy mystery Rating: 4 out of 5 I haven’t read the first book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series, but that wasn’t a problem. This was a quick, easy read. To be honest, my main issue was with how quickly they arrested Reid—within a couple of hours—and with no physical evidence to link him to the crime. I need the books I read to make sense, and this didn’t. Apart from that, this was an entertaining read. (Galley courtesy of Berkley in exchange Title: A Pairing to Die For Author: Kate Lansing Genre: Cozy mystery Rating: 4 out of 5 I haven’t read the first book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series, but that wasn’t a problem. This was a quick, easy read. To be honest, my main issue was with how quickly they arrested Reid—within a couple of hours—and with no physical evidence to link him to the crime. I need the books I read to make sense, and this didn’t. Apart from that, this was an entertaining read. (Galley courtesy of Berkley in exchange for an honest review.) More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Loving this series so far! I love the setting, all of the wine references, and adore Parker and her group of friends. Already looking forward to the next one!

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