Monday, May 1, 2023

Review - Till Death to Us Port

Title:   Till Death Do Us Port
Author:  Kate Lansing
Series:  Colorado Wine Mystery #4
Publisher:   Berkley
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:    304
Date of Publication:   March 7, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars


When a wedding reception turns into a crime scene, young vintner Parker Valentine investigates the full-bodied problem, in this captivating Colorado-set cozy mystery series.

It's June in Boulder, Colorado, and wedding season is in full swing. Parker Valentine is excited to attend the wedding of her favorite cousin, Emma, where in addition to celebrating the happy couple, she'll also be providing the refreshments for the reception from her winery. But when the fussy wedding planner is found dead midway through the ceremony, Parker knows that to get the weekend back on track, she'll need to unveil a murderer.

Unfortunately, there's no shortage of high tension and hot tempers during a wedding, so Parker has a long list of potential suspects. Even worse, her entire family has fixated on the state of Parker's relationship with her boyfriend, Reid. If Parker can manage to impress her relatives with her wine skills and dodge unwanted pointed personal questions, solving a murder will be the icing on the cake.

What a delightful cozy mystery series. In fact, I binge read all four books in just two days. The previous three titles are Killer Chardonnay, A Pairing To Die For and Mulled to Death. If there had been a book five available now, I would have continued on. 

The series focuses on a young winemaker named Parker Valentine. She has recently opened a winery and has had no shortage of troubles. During her winery’s opening, a wine critic within a harsh reputation has been ordered. This is how Parker becomes quite an adept amateur sleuth. As the end of the first book closed, Parker has found herself comfortable in her new relation with Reid Wallace. When his sous chef was found murdered, Parker stepped up like she did when it came to the first murder. In the third book a wealthy ski resort owner who was also a former Olympian champion was murdered while Parker and Reid were away on a ski trip. Parker to the rescue again in yet another enjoyable read. 

As far as this book for review, Till Death Do Us Port, Parker is about to attend her cousin’s wedding, and just as the nuptials are underway, the wedding planner was murdered. The wedding planner had a reputation that was more than the worst of bridezillas. Because of such, there are no shortage of suspects, and Parker can’t help but get involved. Although she has worked with her boyfriend Reid before, now he is away on business, and she takes on this newest case of murder by herself. Well, not really. Her mother decides to get involved. 

While this book and the previous books in the series all contain active murder cases, there is also a great mix of pairing delectable foods with a variety of wines. Although I am not a wine drinker, I loved learning so much about wine making and how specific wines work with certain foods. I truly appreciate how much this series has garnered my attention. I truly look forward to the very next book and any other ones after this. 

Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Kate lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and two mischievous kitties. Her love for mysteries began when she devoured From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a young girl, and has grown from there.

She’s an award-winning mystery novelist and writes the Colorado Wine Mystery series, the fourth book of which, Till Death Do Us Port, will be out March 7, 2023 with Berkley!

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