Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Monday, mystery, Review on May 9, 2016

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Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery)
New Series
Cozy Mystery
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2016)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738748504


Katie Stillwell focuses on two things in her life: work and practicing for her Sommelier Certification with her blind tasting group. The exam was supposed to be the hardest part of her week, but that was before a body was found at an exclusive Napa Valley winery party.

When all the evidence points to Katie’s best friend, the outspoken and independent Tessa, Katie drops everything to clear Tessa’s name. Using her deductive wine skills, she tries to track down the real killer. But when repeated attempts are made on her life, Katie discovers that everyone’s secrets must be uncorked―including her own.


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I LOVED this book…ok, maybe because it has to do with wine and the wine country in California, but it was also a very engaging book with several twists and turns that I didn’t see coming…especially when the killer is revealed.

Each chapter lists a different kind of wine and what a good pairing might be for that particular wine. I had not heard of some of these varietals so I learned something as well. I might be seeking out a different kind of wine next time I am looking for something new.

Katie does have some burdens she is carrying in regards to her friend Tessa, but she does come clean about the past which I think only strengthens her friendship with Tessa.

The conversations between various characters are engaging, and even witty at other times. There is a love interest or two for Katie to spice things up.

This was very enjoyable and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, but I’m going to have to wait a bit.  We give it 5 paws up


About the Author

NADINE NETTMANNNadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.

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