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A Valentine's Day getaway is on the rocks when a young winemaker discovers a body at an alpine resort in this delightful cozy mystery. When Parker Valentine decides to take a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Reid, a ski trip seems like the perfect choice. Between hitting the slopes and persuading the resort's wine director to sell her mulled wine, Parker is eager to mix b A Valentine's Day getaway is on the rocks when a young winemaker discovers a body at an alpine resort in this delightful cozy mystery. When Parker Valentine decides to take a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Reid, a ski trip seems like the perfect choice. Between hitting the slopes and persuading the resort's wine director to sell her mulled wine, Parker is eager to mix business with pleasure. But her plans are muddled when she finds the resort owner's body on a treacherous portion of ski trail near the resort. As a result, not only is Parker's romantic weekend thrown into chaos, but now that the owner has died, her business deal is due for a frosty reception, and her life might be in danger as well. After a series of unfortunate mishaps befall Parker, she realizes that whoever killed the resort owner might want to tie up loose ends. Parker's going to need all of the investigative skills at her disposal to catch a killer before they put her on ice.


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A Valentine's Day getaway is on the rocks when a young winemaker discovers a body at an alpine resort in this delightful cozy mystery. When Parker Valentine decides to take a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Reid, a ski trip seems like the perfect choice. Between hitting the slopes and persuading the resort's wine director to sell her mulled wine, Parker is eager to mix b A Valentine's Day getaway is on the rocks when a young winemaker discovers a body at an alpine resort in this delightful cozy mystery. When Parker Valentine decides to take a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Reid, a ski trip seems like the perfect choice. Between hitting the slopes and persuading the resort's wine director to sell her mulled wine, Parker is eager to mix business with pleasure. But her plans are muddled when she finds the resort owner's body on a treacherous portion of ski trail near the resort. As a result, not only is Parker's romantic weekend thrown into chaos, but now that the owner has died, her business deal is due for a frosty reception, and her life might be in danger as well. After a series of unfortunate mishaps befall Parker, she realizes that whoever killed the resort owner might want to tie up loose ends. Parker's going to need all of the investigative skills at her disposal to catch a killer before they put her on ice.

30 review for Mulled to Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Parker Valentine and her boyfriend Reid are planning a romantic Valentine’s weekend trip to a ski resort. Parker is hoping to take a few minutes to sell the resort on her mulled wine, and is star struck when the owner, Olympic gold medalist Annmarie Bauer, sits in on the meeting. But the next morning, Parker is nearby when Annmarie has a deadly skiing accident. Parker saw some things that make her question whether it was an accident or not, and as she begins poking around, strange things happen Parker Valentine and her boyfriend Reid are planning a romantic Valentine’s weekend trip to a ski resort. Parker is hoping to take a few minutes to sell the resort on her mulled wine, and is star struck when the owner, Olympic gold medalist Annmarie Bauer, sits in on the meeting. But the next morning, Parker is nearby when Annmarie has a deadly skiing accident. Parker saw some things that make her question whether it was an accident or not, and as she begins poking around, strange things happen to her. Can she figure out what is really going on? Having enjoyed the first two books in this series, I was looking forward to checking in with Parker again. I did feel that Parker’s motive for looking into this as much as she did was weak until late in the book and the plot relied a bit too much on events over investigation, but overall, this was a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Parker and Reid are joined by another couple, Parker’s brother Liam and her best friend Sage, who have recently started dating. These four characters are the core of the series to me, and I loved seeing how they developed here. As always, the books are written in first person present tense. I love how the author works in tidbits about wine making as metaphors for what Parker is going through. We get three delicious sounding recipes and suggested wine pairings at the end. Fans of the series will have fun with the newest in this series. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    There was a lot of gorgeous scenery described in the description of the luxury ski lodge and resort, accompanied by a snowy mountain backdrop in Mulled to Death, It sounded amazing. This series is really great. It's a good story with well-developed characters, especially Parker, the protagonist. The book has cast of characters with suspect motives, and a romance that will keep readers turning pages late into the night. And the wine tastes delicious too. Thank you Berkley Books and Netgalley for t There was a lot of gorgeous scenery described in the description of the luxury ski lodge and resort, accompanied by a snowy mountain backdrop in Mulled to Death, It sounded amazing. This series is really great. It's a good story with well-developed characters, especially Parker, the protagonist. The book has cast of characters with suspect motives, and a romance that will keep readers turning pages late into the night. And the wine tastes delicious too. Thank you Berkley Books and Netgalley for the ARC of this book. This was a honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Mulled to Death is book three in Kate Lansing's Colorado Wine Mystery series. It features Parker Valentine, who owns a premier winery in Boulder. Parker is taking a break and holidaying in the Colorado mountains on a skiing trip with her boyfriend Reid, her brother Liam and bezzie Sage. It will be a busman's holiday for Parker as she is promoting her Snowy Day Syrah mulled wine. But when Annmarie Bauer, the resort's owner has an accident on the ski slopes and dies, Parker begins her own investig Mulled to Death is book three in Kate Lansing's Colorado Wine Mystery series. It features Parker Valentine, who owns a premier winery in Boulder. Parker is taking a break and holidaying in the Colorado mountains on a skiing trip with her boyfriend Reid, her brother Liam and bezzie Sage. It will be a busman's holiday for Parker as she is promoting her Snowy Day Syrah mulled wine. But when Annmarie Bauer, the resort's owner has an accident on the ski slopes and dies, Parker begins her own investigation... I found this a great read even though I haven't yet read the first books in the series. Parker is quick and resourceful and I found her to be a good protagonist, even if she's a little bit impetuous. The mystery was well done, packed as it was with action, turns, concealments and lashings of drama. I was confounded by the killer until the end which was a stonker! An intriguing tale with some fabulous characterisation. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Berkley via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Reading Mulled to Death brought back wonderful memories of my younger days when I used to ski, mostly in New England. The descriptions of the Silver Creek ski resort in Colorado were so beautiful and vivid. There were also a lot of descriptions of food (one of the main characters is a chef, so that’s not too surprising). The main character, Parker Valentine, is a winemaker and the author weaves in a lot of wine-related knowledge along the way. As far as the story goes, I thought Parker’s involve Reading Mulled to Death brought back wonderful memories of my younger days when I used to ski, mostly in New England. The descriptions of the Silver Creek ski resort in Colorado were so beautiful and vivid. There were also a lot of descriptions of food (one of the main characters is a chef, so that’s not too surprising). The main character, Parker Valentine, is a winemaker and the author weaves in a lot of wine-related knowledge along the way. As far as the story goes, I thought Parker’s involvement was a bit far-fetched; she really should have left it to the local sheriff, but then it wouldn’t be a typical cozy mystery. Also, I got bored with the endless repetition of how handsome her boyfriend Reid is. It was a reasonably good story but I probably won’t be picking up any further books in this series. Mulled To Death is the third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series but the first one I’ve read. I think it was just fine to read without having read the other two books, although I’m sure the backstories of the main characters would have had even more depth. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Baker

    Another great book in the series!! This was (and is) the perfect book for winter. The heavenly scenery of the cozy ski lodge, all the winter vibes & the romantic setting over Valentine’s Day weekend. I mean, I’d go skiing with Parker & Reid any day! The mystery was great, kept me on my toes and guessing what was going to happen all throughout. It was nice seeing Parker help solve the case with the local law enforcement. Even though I really enjoyed the mystery aspect, I did love the romance that Another great book in the series!! This was (and is) the perfect book for winter. The heavenly scenery of the cozy ski lodge, all the winter vibes & the romantic setting over Valentine’s Day weekend. I mean, I’d go skiing with Parker & Reid any day! The mystery was great, kept me on my toes and guessing what was going to happen all throughout. It was nice seeing Parker help solve the case with the local law enforcement. Even though I really enjoyed the mystery aspect, I did love the romance that was happening as well. Reid + Parker FOREVER.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "Mulled to Death” by Kate Lansing the 3rd instalment in the “Colorado Wine Mystery” series. I really enjoy this series. A Valentine's Day getaway is on the rocks when a young winemaker discovers a body at an alpine resort in this delightful cozy mystery. 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 seco "Mulled to Death” by Kate Lansing the 3rd instalment in the “Colorado Wine Mystery” series. I really enjoy this series. A Valentine's Day getaway is on the rocks when a young winemaker discovers a body at an alpine resort in this delightful cozy mystery. 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 Reid, Sage, and Liam were likeable as well. I can’t wait to see what happens next, as the characters are really growing on me. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Mulled to Death is the third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series by author Kate Lansing. When I read the first book in the series I was instantly hooked, so when the publisher reached out to me with a widget on NetGalley to read this third book, I jumped at the chance. This was a very enjoyable read. It has a wonderful plot that moves along at a great pace. Parker Valentine is on a romantic Valentine's getaway with her boyfriend, her best friend, and her brother (who is dating the BF). The Mulled to Death is the third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series by author Kate Lansing. When I read the first book in the series I was instantly hooked, so when the publisher reached out to me with a widget on NetGalley to read this third book, I jumped at the chance. This was a very enjoyable read. It has a wonderful plot that moves along at a great pace. Parker Valentine is on a romantic Valentine's getaway with her boyfriend, her best friend, and her brother (who is dating the BF). The only problem - Valentine's Day is a sad day for Parker since the death of her aunt Laura, who used to make the day extraordinary for the women in her life. At least Parker thought that was the only problem. She just can't seem to get away from dead bodies, and this trip is no different. I really enjoy the characters in this book and love the growth that Ms. Lansing has shown over the last three books. These are characters that are relatable and the reader will root for their success, both professionally and with their sleuthing. I like Parker as an amateur sleuth because she is very observant and intuitive. She also is not pushy when she gives help to the police. That said, she does have a strong sense of justice and doesn't always let things go easily, even when it's in her best interest or will keep her safe. The mystery kept me guessing throughout the entire book and I will admit that the identity of the killer was a total surprise for me. The author provides her reader with clues that are dropped throughout the story and with each new clue it seems Parker finds herself in more trouble. However, in the end, justice and Parker prevail and the killer is caught. As I said, I really enjoy this series and will continue to read new installments. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy, provided to me by the publisher, Berkley, through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Penney

    Another great entry in this charming series! Parker Valentine goes on a ski vacation and of course encounters a murder. The characters are nicely drawn, the setting is immersive, and the mystery is twisty!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The Colorado Wine Mysteries by Kate Lansing keep getting better. Grab a glass of your favorite wine (I prefer a crisp Sauvignon Blanc… although since this is a Valentine themed book, you may prefer a juicy, red Dornfelder…) and get to reading! In this series what really shines for me is how well Lansing incorporates wine making and history into the story. Some cozies use the food or hobby as more of a gimmick to get readers to pick up their book, but you can tell Lansing really enjoys her subject The Colorado Wine Mysteries by Kate Lansing keep getting better. Grab a glass of your favorite wine (I prefer a crisp Sauvignon Blanc… although since this is a Valentine themed book, you may prefer a juicy, red Dornfelder…) and get to reading! In this series what really shines for me is how well Lansing incorporates wine making and history into the story. Some cozies use the food or hobby as more of a gimmick to get readers to pick up their book, but you can tell Lansing really enjoys her subject matter. Along with the fabulous wine and delicious food accompaniments (thanks to Parker’s love interest) we also get an insider’s view into Colorado’s cities and countryside. My husband and I love to vacation in Colorado, but if I had never been there before, Lansing’s books would definitely make me want to plan a trip. Besides all the above mentioned wonderfulness, the reader also gets to enjoy well developed and complex characters… no one dimensional people here. And in Mulled to Death there were a couple of incidents that read more like a thriller than a cozy, which was a fun change of pace and really had my heart racing. The Colorado Wine Mysteries is a cozy series I highly recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    If you’re looking for a mystery with a snowy mountain setting, this is your book. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but it’s always fun to me when the characters from a series visit a new location. That was the case in Mulled to Death! There was so much gorgeous description of the upscale ski lodge and resort. The whole time I was reading it, I was wishing I could go there. The mystery in this one was also good, however Parker takes it upon herself to launch a full investigate i If you’re looking for a mystery with a snowy mountain setting, this is your book. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but it’s always fun to me when the characters from a series visit a new location. That was the case in Mulled to Death! There was so much gorgeous description of the upscale ski lodge and resort. The whole time I was reading it, I was wishing I could go there. The mystery in this one was also good, however Parker takes it upon herself to launch a full investigate into the murder. I myself prefer a little more natural sleuthing. Especially when the main character does not have a strong connection to the deceased. But the ending was good and I really enjoyed the book! Cozy mysteries make s great escape! I received a free copy of Mulled to Death from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Parker and Reid and Sage and Liam thought a Valentine ski trip would be just the thing to cheer up Parker and Liam after the death of their aunt AND that it might be a good opportunity to market her wine. That's before, once again, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation! Annemarie Bauer, a champion skier who owned the resort, is the victim but why? Cozy readers know that there's always more than one suspect and that there's more than one face to the victim. This group of fo Parker and Reid and Sage and Liam thought a Valentine ski trip would be just the thing to cheer up Parker and Liam after the death of their aunt AND that it might be a good opportunity to market her wine. That's before, once again, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation! Annemarie Bauer, a champion skier who owned the resort, is the victim but why? Cozy readers know that there's always more than one suspect and that there's more than one face to the victim. This group of four millennials (or are they Gen Z?) is very up to date on social media but also quite canny about how to nose out the bad guy. I liked that they were in a new setting. Fans of the series will be pleased that the resort has a cat but those who haven't read it will be fine- there's good back story. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's a fun read and I'm eager to know what this group of pals will get up to next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Klump

    This was another fun book in Kate Lansing's Colorado Wine Mystery series. This time, we went on a road trip with Parker Valentine and friends to a Colorado ski resort, where a former Olympic skier and resort owner is found dead on a ski trail. At first, it seems like a tragic accident, but Parker soon discovers the resort owner was murdered. There are plenty of suspects and red herrings to keep things interesting. But my favorite part is how well Kate weaves in information about the winemaking p This was another fun book in Kate Lansing's Colorado Wine Mystery series. This time, we went on a road trip with Parker Valentine and friends to a Colorado ski resort, where a former Olympic skier and resort owner is found dead on a ski trail. At first, it seems like a tragic accident, but Parker soon discovers the resort owner was murdered. There are plenty of suspects and red herrings to keep things interesting. But my favorite part is how well Kate weaves in information about the winemaking process so seamlessly into the story. Cozy readers will love this series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krysti

    Another spine-tingling installment in the Colorado Wine Mystery Series! Set at a scenic ski chalet, Mulled to Death is the definition of a cozy mystery. The isolated, snowy setting, suspicious cast of characters, and swoony romance will have readers flipping the pages late into the night. Parker and her boyfriend Reid take a romantic getaway to a local ski resort, which Parker's trying to convince to carry her wine. But when the resort's owner turns up dead, not only does Parker find her busines Another spine-tingling installment in the Colorado Wine Mystery Series! Set at a scenic ski chalet, Mulled to Death is the definition of a cozy mystery. The isolated, snowy setting, suspicious cast of characters, and swoony romance will have readers flipping the pages late into the night. Parker and her boyfriend Reid take a romantic getaway to a local ski resort, which Parker's trying to convince to carry her wine. But when the resort's owner turns up dead, not only does Parker find her business once again on thin ice, but she might be in danger of losing her own life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Mulled to Death, the third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery Series, takes readers away from its established Boulder setting to a luxurious ski resort where murder and misadventure threaten to ruin Valentine’s Day Weekend. Author Kate Lansing delivers an action packed, intriguing cozy tale. Winemaker Parker and her chef boyfriend Reid, along with her brother and best friend, get away for the weekend at the Silver Creek https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Mulled to Death, the third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery Series, takes readers away from its established Boulder setting to a luxurious ski resort where murder and misadventure threaten to ruin Valentine’s Day Weekend. Author Kate Lansing delivers an action packed, intriguing cozy tale. Winemaker Parker and her chef boyfriend Reid, along with her brother and best friend, get away for the weekend at the Silver Creek Ski Resort. Its pristine snowy setting is beautiful, but Parker is having a hard time since the Valentine holiday makes her miss her deceased aunt even more than unusual. At least she has the opportunity to pitch her mulled wine to the wine director of the resort Akira while she is there. Things look promising until the resort’s owner, Olympic champion Annamarie Bauer dies in an apparent skiing accident. But, Parker thinks it was more than a mere accident and investigates. She must be on the right track because the “accidents” she is having are getting more and more dangerous. I enjoy the premise of this series, and there is just the right amount of wine tidbits sprinkled throughout to make the winemaking theme compelling but not so many that a non-drinker would lose interest. Parker is an interesting protagonist, observant and a good problem solver but quite relatable with insecurities that most of us experience as we go about life. Reid, Liam, and Sage are all fun to hang out with, and their relationships with Parker are the heart of the book. The variety of characters central to the murder mystery is entertaining, even the often unpleasant one like resort manager Paisley. Reid worked at the resort at one time, and his familiarity with several of the employees helps readers get to know the new characters quickly. I hope that Akira appears in future books in the series. Even though Annamarie dies early in the story, readers learn a lot about her from Parker’s chats with her suspects. There are plenty of clues sprinkled throughout the story, but I did not figure out the killer’s identity before the very Hercule Poirot style reveal. As always with this series, my only quibble is that it is written in present tense. It is not my favorite, but I seemed to acclimate better here than in previous books in the series. Mulled to Death is a fun, engaging read sure to please any cozy mystery fan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    I love Mulled to Death as it was like being on a vacation in the Colorado mountains in winter at a luxury hotel, aside from murder, of course. Winter Park, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Breckinridge, Copper Mountain……..they’re all so extraordinary! Mountain snow is just beautiful (even if though I don’t ski or snowboard) because there are many other outdoor activities which are covered creatively. Indoors, there are scenes with rustic pine yet opulent decor, soft, warm clothes, comforting food, tasty I love Mulled to Death as it was like being on a vacation in the Colorado mountains in winter at a luxury hotel, aside from murder, of course. Winter Park, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Breckinridge, Copper Mountain……..they’re all so extraordinary! Mountain snow is just beautiful (even if though I don’t ski or snowboard) because there are many other outdoor activities which are covered creatively. Indoors, there are scenes with rustic pine yet opulent decor, soft, warm clothes, comforting food, tasty wine, and a hunky boyfriend to bring the heat. I definitely want to try some “jammy” wine, rosemary roasted nuts, and mull some wine. I imagined Lindsay Vonn as the Olympic skier which was not a stretch, of course. I also remember when the environmentalists protested years ago. I liked that Colorado-based musical acts were mentioned, and I would add, The Sweet Lillies—2 women and a guy—Wonderfully energetic, fun Bluegrass string players who I have seen a few times in Steamboat and Denver. They tour a lot around Colorado and beyond. Check them out. Oh, and by the way, IMHO, Tom Baker was the BEST Doctor Who. My husband is a fan from the original 70’s PBS-airing series and we watched many an episode on the little black and white tv in my parents’ rec room. No offense to the brilliant David Tennant or Matt Smith (who will always be young Prince Philip to me). Jodie Whittaker is just great too. I just love all British performers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Book 3 in the Colorado Wine Mystery series takes us on a snowy adventure. Parker is pitching her mulled wine to a new possible customer at a nearby ski resort. Reid, Sage and Liam decide to tag along and turn this trip into a fun Valentine’s getaway. I loved this change of scenery and all of the descriptions made me very nostalgic. While I’ve never been skiing in Colorado, we use to always go on Winter getaways to various resorts across New Mexico. I could easily imagine the anticipation of stud Book 3 in the Colorado Wine Mystery series takes us on a snowy adventure. Parker is pitching her mulled wine to a new possible customer at a nearby ski resort. Reid, Sage and Liam decide to tag along and turn this trip into a fun Valentine’s getaway. I loved this change of scenery and all of the descriptions made me very nostalgic. While I’ve never been skiing in Colorado, we use to always go on Winter getaways to various resorts across New Mexico. I could easily imagine the anticipation of studying the trail map, selecting your run, hearing the clip of your boot into the equipment, the crunch of fresh snow and the excitement of going on the chair lift. After witnessing a fatal incident on the slopes, Parker can’t help but get involve in yet another case. This mystery was so good. It kept me guessing and being highly suspicious of all of the resort’s employees. The culprit tried to scare Parker off several times with some pretty suspenseful moments. I enjoyed all of the extra actions!! There’s a cute side story about items being swiped from guest’s rooms too. I definitely smiled when that was resolved. This book provided some great character growth for Parker. She not only overcame some grief, but progressed her relationship with Reid. They seriously are a cute couple. Fingers crossed we hear about book 4 soon. Maybe it will be a story about the rockstar Liam just booked!! Several recipes are included. I received a review copy from @netgalley and @berkleypub. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lori Leaf

    Series Background: This is book 3 in the Colorado Wine Mysteries featuring Parker, owner of the wine shop Vino Valentine I’m Boulder, CO. In short: Parker and crew head to a resort for a Valentine getaway, pitch for a contract to carry Parker’s wine, find a dead body on the ski slopes and investigate the murder. My thoughts: A strong addition to this series! I liked that they left the normal setting for a getaway. The descriptions of the resort, the mountains and ski hill made me feel like I was Series Background: This is book 3 in the Colorado Wine Mysteries featuring Parker, owner of the wine shop Vino Valentine I’m Boulder, CO. In short: Parker and crew head to a resort for a Valentine getaway, pitch for a contract to carry Parker’s wine, find a dead body on the ski slopes and investigate the murder. My thoughts: A strong addition to this series! I liked that they left the normal setting for a getaway. The descriptions of the resort, the mountains and ski hill made me feel like I was there. Mix in a Murder mystery with many clues and twists, this was an enjoyable read. One thing I love about cozy mysteries is that you often care more about the people and their relationships than the actual murder mystery. Mulled to Death loved up to that, especially the evolving relationship with Parker and Reid.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I always enjoy the setting on these mysteries and this was no exception but instead of being in Parker's cute wine shop in Denver we got to visit a ski resort owned by a former Olympian. Kate Lansing has an amazing way of always bringing in wine facts and tying them into what's happening in the story and I always feel like I'm learning more about the wine making process. The mystery was well written but a little annoying because there was no reason that Parker should have been involved, asking q I always enjoy the setting on these mysteries and this was no exception but instead of being in Parker's cute wine shop in Denver we got to visit a ski resort owned by a former Olympian. Kate Lansing has an amazing way of always bringing in wine facts and tying them into what's happening in the story and I always feel like I'm learning more about the wine making process. The mystery was well written but a little annoying because there was no reason that Parker should have been involved, asking questions, or why people should be answering them. Still, it was nice to see Parker and Reid's relationship progress as well as Sage and Liam's. Looking forward to the next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    3.5 stars, nice setting and interesting mystery. Main character not my favorite

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. In book 3 of this series, we venture outside of Boulder to a ski resort, and while I sometimes get nervous when a cozy series take us outside the community we've grown to love, this adventure was worth the journey. Because we weren't accompanying Parker as she made wine or led tastings (except for the titular mulled wine), this one gave room for character development and a still interesting mystery. This continues Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. In book 3 of this series, we venture outside of Boulder to a ski resort, and while I sometimes get nervous when a cozy series take us outside the community we've grown to love, this adventure was worth the journey. Because we weren't accompanying Parker as she made wine or led tastings (except for the titular mulled wine), this one gave room for character development and a still interesting mystery. This continues to be a fun series, and I'm looking forward to more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    10/15/2021 Feeling weirdly GenX about some of the stuff in this book, lol. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 10/15/2021 Feeling weirdly GenX about some of the stuff in this book, lol. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Blacke

    A romantic Valentine's getaway at a ski resort with a side of murder? Who could say no to that? Kate Lansing expertly crafted a novel where you care as much about the character's lives as you care about solving the mystery. The nerd-girl references made me deliriously happy (and David Tennant really *is* the best Doctor), the ski scenes made me feel like I was on the mountain (even though I've never graduated from the bunny slopes), and the resident cat was a snuggly delight. Personally, I'm not A romantic Valentine's getaway at a ski resort with a side of murder? Who could say no to that? Kate Lansing expertly crafted a novel where you care as much about the character's lives as you care about solving the mystery. The nerd-girl references made me deliriously happy (and David Tennant really *is* the best Doctor), the ski scenes made me feel like I was on the mountain (even though I've never graduated from the bunny slopes), and the resident cat was a snuggly delight. Personally, I'm not a wine drinker (are they going to take away my membership card if I admit that?) but I ***loved*** how wine and wine making facts were seamlessly incorporated throughout each chapter. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out whodunit, but the misdirection was so subtle and artfully done that the killer slipped right past me. Right up to the big reveal (which - HELLO! That reveal setup was boss!) I was convinced it was someone else. Kudos for that! With stan-worthy characters, a fun getaway setting, and a cunningly-plotted cozy mystery, MULLED TO DEATH is *chef's kiss*.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: In spite of having mixed feelings about Valentines, Parker is off to a ski resort for an exciting weekend mixing business with pleasure. If she can interest the wine manager with her mulled wine, it will mean a big break for her winery. But even getting there presents a challenge thanks to the roads and the weather. It is but a harbinger of what is to come. Albeit a bit later than she planned, both the manager and the owner, a former Olympian, are both impressed and plan Princess Fuzzypants here: In spite of having mixed feelings about Valentines, Parker is off to a ski resort for an exciting weekend mixing business with pleasure. If she can interest the wine manager with her mulled wine, it will mean a big break for her winery. But even getting there presents a challenge thanks to the roads and the weather. It is but a harbinger of what is to come. Albeit a bit later than she planned, both the manager and the owner, a former Olympian, are both impressed and plan to put in an order. But rather than relaxing, the weekend turns deadly when the expert skier is murdered on her own run. Parker found the body and was a witness to what happened just prior. She is forthcoming with whatever information she can provide but the killer must think she knows more than she realizes. After a possible attempt on her life, Parker is more determined to ferret out the villain and is busy asking questions and sharing knowledge with the local cops. This is where cozies can fall off the rails with me. Intelligent heroines being reckless and dumb ruin the story, no matter how good the other parts are. It is a fine balance between suspense and stupidity. Parker might have crossed that line when she continues investigating after a second, very obvious attempt on her life is made. But she manages the feat. With just the right amount of daring and sensible caution, she forges ahead and uncovers the murderer. There are some twists and turns that keep things moving. Not sure if this is the book to read during a blizzard but it is great for now. The characters are strong and compelling and there is an absolutely charming hotel cat, Mathilda, who steals the show and lots of other things. Five purrs and two paws up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    How does a nice glass of wine sound? How about mulled wine, sweetened with honey and seasoned with the perfect blend of winter spices? Maybe a change of scenery? How about drinking this delicious mulled wine at a fancy ski lodge in a cozy little village tucked away in the mountains of Colorado? Oh, and let's get snowed in while we're there! I LOVE mysteries where the main character travels and this was basically the perfect little vacation destination. Unfortunately the idyllic Valentine's Day ge How does a nice glass of wine sound? How about mulled wine, sweetened with honey and seasoned with the perfect blend of winter spices? Maybe a change of scenery? How about drinking this delicious mulled wine at a fancy ski lodge in a cozy little village tucked away in the mountains of Colorado? Oh, and let's get snowed in while we're there! I LOVE mysteries where the main character travels and this was basically the perfect little vacation destination. Unfortunately the idyllic Valentine's Day getaway that Parker and Reid had planned, along with her best friend Sage and brother Liam, was marred by murder. No worries, Parker is on the case! After hearing the fatal incident and suspecting foul play, Parker uses her and Reid's connections to interview witnesses and track down clues. There are as many suspects as chairs on a ski lift and they move around almost as much! Throughout the course of this book we see Parker's relationship with Reid continue to develop and we see Parker finally making her way down the mountain of grief she's been experiencing since the death of her beloved Aunt Laura. I think Aunt Laura would be proud of her progress. As a lover of wine and cozy mysteries I've enjoyed this series immensely and look forward to seeing Parker back at Vino Valentine. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anita Kushwaha

    What can I say? I love this series so much and the latest installment is just as intriguing and delightful as the previous two, which I also adored. There are certain books that you can pick up knowing you are in for a treat and that is how I feel about Lansing's style and writing. I know I'm going to be engaged, surprised, and come away feeling really good. After following Parker's adventures for the past three books, I feel like I know her and the supportive cast if characters around her. I wa What can I say? I love this series so much and the latest installment is just as intriguing and delightful as the previous two, which I also adored. There are certain books that you can pick up knowing you are in for a treat and that is how I feel about Lansing's style and writing. I know I'm going to be engaged, surprised, and come away feeling really good. After following Parker's adventures for the past three books, I feel like I know her and the supportive cast if characters around her. I was delighted to learn that there will be a BOOK FOUR coming next fall and I can't wait for more! All the stars!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Publisher’s Summary for Mulled to Death When Parker Valentine decides to take a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Reid, a ski trip seems like the perfect choice. Between hitting the slopes and persuading the resort’s wine director to sell her mulled wine, Parker is eager to mix business with pleasure. But her plans are muddled when she finds the resort owner’s body on a treacherous portion of ski trail near the resort. As a result, not only is Parker’s romantic weekend thrown into chaos, but now Publisher’s Summary for Mulled to Death When Parker Valentine decides to take a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Reid, a ski trip seems like the perfect choice. Between hitting the slopes and persuading the resort’s wine director to sell her mulled wine, Parker is eager to mix business with pleasure. But her plans are muddled when she finds the resort owner’s body on a treacherous portion of ski trail near the resort. As a result, not only is Parker’s romantic weekend thrown into chaos, but now that the owner has died, her business deal is due for a frosty reception, and her life might be in danger as well. After a series of unfortunate mishaps befall Parker, she realizes that whoever killed the resort owner might want to tie up loose ends. Parker’s going to need all the investigative skills at her disposal to catch a killer before they put her on ice. Why Did I Like Mulled to Death? The characters Parker Valentine, her boyfriend Reid, her brother Liam, and Liam’s girlfriend and Parker’s best friend Sage are spending Valentine’s Day weekend at Silver Creek Lodge in Silver Creek, Colorado. Parker is the owner of Vino Valentine, a winery in Boulder. Parker is smart, but also still grieving the death of her Aunt Laura. Parker’s aunt always made Valentine’s Day special, and Parker is struggling not with her grief, which is magnified this time of year. Parker has yet to share her grief with Reid and this secret complicates their relationship. Reid is owner and head chef of Spoons, a popular restaurant in Boulder. He’s always ready to help Parker when their vacation turns into a murder investigation. Their relationship grows throughout the novel. It’s obvious he’s in love with Parker and he shows it by his unwavering support. Liam Valentine is Parker’s older brother. A budding photographer, he is stubborn when Parker tries to offer him business advice. She can get prickly when he hits home with comments he makes about her sleuthing. But, when it counts, they have each other’s backs. Plus, he’s a Dr. Who fanatic, which makes him a perfect fit for Sage. Sage is also Parker’s best friend; they were roommates in college. This friendship is apparent throughout the book, as Sage does everything she can to help Parker solve a murder. Parker needs all of them to solve this latest murder. Even while investigating a murder, this is a group of friends who knows how to have fun. A strong cast of supporting characters gives the reader plenty of potential suspects to choose from. There are a lot of motives for murder among the employees of Silver Creek Lodge. Read an excerpt Publishing information Berkley Publishing Group ISBN: ISBN 9780593100226 Author Information Kate Lansing is an award-winning short-story author. Her work has appeared in the Brave New Girls anthology and the Crossing Colfax anthology. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and a chair-napping tabby named Maple. Learn more online at katelansing.com. Copy of book provided by #Netgalley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Smitten

    3.5 Reviews Parker Valentine owns a premier winery in Boulder, Colorado. She is excited to combine business with pleasure when she visits a nearby ski resort with her boyfriend, brother, and best friend over Valentine’s Day weekend. She is able to make a pitch for the resort to add one of her wines to their menu and is thrilled when the owner, a former Olympic skier, agrees to the deal. However, the celebration is premature because the next morning, Parker finds the lifeless body of the owner out 3.5 Reviews Parker Valentine owns a premier winery in Boulder, Colorado. She is excited to combine business with pleasure when she visits a nearby ski resort with her boyfriend, brother, and best friend over Valentine’s Day weekend. She is able to make a pitch for the resort to add one of her wines to their menu and is thrilled when the owner, a former Olympic skier, agrees to the deal. However, the celebration is premature because the next morning, Parker finds the lifeless body of the owner out on the ski slopes. Parker at first simply shares something she witnessed with a member of local law enforcement, but soon puts the fun part of her trip aside to investigate Annmarie’s tragic death. This is the third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series. I’ve only read one of the prior books, but had no problem getting to know the characters. The main characters are all fairly likable, but I couldn’t fully connect with them. Parker comes across as self-centered much of the time. She explains her aversion to celebrating Valentine’s Day, which is putting a damper on the weekend, but it seems overly dramatic. I am glad she eventually acknowledges this and tries to overcome it. I know this happens a lot in cozy mysteries, but in this book it seems especially contrived that Parker would become so involved in the murder investigation of someone she had only met once. Her confrontation of all the suspects at the end is a little hard to believe, but does get results. Although her motivation for going all in seems weak, the book is entertaining. Parker is a capable amateur sleuth, using her knowledge of people to read witnesses and suspects. She also does a good job of sharing what she learns with Jenny, the sheriff officially investigating the case. I really enjoy the information about wines and winemaking included in the story, which keeps the book true to the premise of the series. I began craving some of the mulled wine that Parker kept describing, so fortunately there are directions on how to prepare your own at the end. I’m not a skier, but the author also does a good job of helping the reader visualize the setting of the resort and the ski runs. The mystery itself is interesting and I was convinced I knew the identity of the killer, but I was wrong. I was pleased to be surprised, and the solution is logical once everything is explained. Overall, this is a fast-paced cozy that is coming out just in time for the beginning of fall and cooler weather. ~ Christine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Dars

    In the third book in the Colorado Wine Mysteries, vintner Parker Valentine and her boyfriend Reid, leave Boulder for a ski getaway over Valentine’s weekend. Their destination: Silver Creek Lodge, a resort owned by Olympic medalist Annemarie. And If Parker can convince the resort’s wine director to offer Vino Valentine’s mulled wine, all the better. When Parker sees Annemarie start a run on a notoriously difficult trail, she pauses to watch an Olympian in action. However, Annemarie never emerges f In the third book in the Colorado Wine Mysteries, vintner Parker Valentine and her boyfriend Reid, leave Boulder for a ski getaway over Valentine’s weekend. Their destination: Silver Creek Lodge, a resort owned by Olympic medalist Annemarie. And If Parker can convince the resort’s wine director to offer Vino Valentine’s mulled wine, all the better. When Parker sees Annemarie start a run on a notoriously difficult trail, she pauses to watch an Olympian in action. However, Annemarie never emerges from behind a copse of trees. Equally curious and concerned, Parker navigates between trails to find a group gathered around Annemarie’s lifeless body, a death later determined to be homicide. Shortly thereafter, Parker and Reid, enjoying the hot tub, are locked on the roof and the electricity goes out. That might be an accident but further scrapes indicate she is being targeted. Unless she finds the killer first, she may be the next victim. Moving locations gives Parker new foils and helps make her involvement in another murder case believable. She also questions how she finds herself entangled in so many investigations. Liam, Parker’s brother, and Sage, her best friend, who recently started dated, are along for the fun, and seeing them in the glow of new love Is fun, while Parker and Reid’s relationship develops nicely as Parker confides in Reid about her past. We don’t have Parker’s cat Zin in this novel, but Madeline is the Silver Creek Lodge resident cat and a very fun and sassy character. As in the previous books, wine-making takes a central role and provides a number of parallels to the action as well as more casual metaphors. Some of these, I think, are more natural to the narrative than others. While the book can be read as a stand-alone in terms of the mystery, some of the characters and relationships may not be as clear to those joining the series with this entry. With the characters bundled up to ski or warming up in the lodge, MULLED TO DEATH is an especially cozy cozy mystery with many viable suspects and a satisfying conclusion. Plus, the book includes recipes, one being for mulled wine, of course!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    🍷Genre⁠ Culinary Cozy mystery⁠ ⁠ 🍷Excerpt⁠ Chairlifts whisk a dwindling crowd of skiers and snowboarders up the mountain, while a gondola runs parallel for those interested in taking in the views without the sport. Excitement courses through me at strapping on my skis and facing down the mountain, but that will have to wait until morning. On the upside, delayed gratification is like a good cabernet sauvignon, the waiting enriching the experience.⁠ ⁠ 🍷My description⁠ Parker, Reid, Sage, and Liam are pla 🍷Genre⁠ Culinary Cozy mystery⁠ ⁠ 🍷Excerpt⁠ Chairlifts whisk a dwindling crowd of skiers and snowboarders up the mountain, while a gondola runs parallel for those interested in taking in the views without the sport. Excitement courses through me at strapping on my skis and facing down the mountain, but that will have to wait until morning. On the upside, delayed gratification is like a good cabernet sauvignon, the waiting enriching the experience.⁠ ⁠ 🍷My description⁠ Parker, Reid, Sage, and Liam are planning a cozy Valentine’s Day ski trip to coincide with pitching Vino Valentine to the resort’s wine director. Parker is thrilled with the possibilities for her winery and her developing relationship with Reid but doesn’t know how to tell him about her emotions around Valentine’s and her Aunt Laura’s death. When Ann Marie Bauer, resort owner and Olympic medalist is murdered, their romantic getaway takes a deadly turn.⁠ ⁠ 🍷How it made you feel⁠ Swoony⁠ ⁠ 🍷Favorite part⁠ Don’t make me choose! Okay, fine, I pick the dynamic between Parker, Reid, Sage, and Liam. I love this friend group.⁠ ⁠ 🍷One word description⁠ Cold⁠ ⁠ 🍷Would you recommend?⁠ Another excellent entry in one of my new favorite series. Great characters that continue to grow and develop, fun details about wine and food, and more wine similes and metaphors than you can shake a stick at. Throw in some very swoony romance, lots of danger, and a twisty plot. I’d say save it for Valentine’s Day but why delay? ⁠ ⁠ I recently read and really enjoyed Wine Country Mysteries #1 - The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby, a more traditional mystery that gives more insight into the winemaking business. I think it would pair nicely with the Colorado Wine Mystery series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ColleenSC (ilikeoldbooks1213)

    Thank you to @kmlansing, @netgalley, and @berkleypub for the chance to read an early copy of this third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series!! I started 2021 off right with Killer Chardonnay, the first book in the series. For me, this is now a must-read cozy mystery series. The wine descriptions and fun figurative language make the books unique. Mulled to Death comes out on October 4th. I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR!! It takes place at a ski lodge during Valentine’s Day week Thank you to @kmlansing, @netgalley, and @berkleypub for the chance to read an early copy of this third book in the Colorado Wine Mystery series!! I started 2021 off right with Killer Chardonnay, the first book in the series. For me, this is now a must-read cozy mystery series. The wine descriptions and fun figurative language make the books unique. Mulled to Death comes out on October 4th. I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR!! It takes place at a ski lodge during Valentine’s Day week, and Kate Lansing creates fantastically cozy and romantic ambiance! Winter is my least favorite season and I have never skied in my life, but I 100% wanted to be at this lodge, sipping mulled wine in front of a fire. The mystery kept me guessing, and the threatening mood as Parker and her friends face danger kept me turning pages. I also liked that Parker worked with local law enforcement, for the most part. Just to warn you, this book definitely has Valentine’s Day vibes. Nothing scandalous or anything, this is a cozy mystery! But definitely be prepared for lovey dovey moments. Personally, I love seeing Parker surrounded by people who support her. There are lots of exciting and positive times ahead for all the characters, and I can’t wait to read about them again!

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