I received this book for free from Great Escape Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann
Published by Midnight Ink Pages: 264
Source: Great Escape Tours
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Also by this author: Pairing a Deception
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.
One thousand seven hundred and forty two. That’s how many flashcards I have studied over the last two years.
What I thought of this book
My first wine cozy and I know nothing about wine…lol, but by the end of the book I at least know a little more about it. 🙂 I mean, I had no clue what a Sommelier even was until reading this book…lol.
Katie wants to be a master Sommelier but she didn’t pass the test because she had a bit of test anxiety when it came to the blind tasting. She is great at her job as a Sommelier but blind testing under pressure not so much. The best thing after the testing was that she was invited by her friend Tessa to go to a party at Frontier Winery.
Nobody gets into Frontier unless invited and mostly that is just the wine club. But her excitement doesn’t last long as the owner is killed and her friend looks like a good suspect. Katie’s dad is a policeman so she knows a few things about sleuthing, so she teams up with Detective Dean who reluctantly lets her come alone.
It looked like her friend was going to be off the hook then someones is murdered and she is seen at the scene of the crime. Katie is going to have to put her sleuthing ability to the test to find out who killed them before her friend becomes the only suspect.
I found this book to be very interesting because as I said above I really didn’t know anything about wine. I am not a drinker so I didn’t know that there are certain types of grapes that make certain wines. I didn’t know merlot has it’s own grapes, etc. To me a grape is to be ate not crushed…lol.
The mystery was really good as well as the characters. Katie is very smart when it comes to wine as well as figuring out who has a motive. Detective Dean sounds fun, cute and easily distracted by Katie. He lets her help with the investigation when he knows he shouldn’t, but she is hard to say no too.
I will definitely be interested in trying book two from this series when it comes out and if you are a fan of cozies then you will like this one.