Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 A Sommelier Mystery Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: May 8, 2016
Paperback: 264 pages
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Things aren’t going well for Katie Stillwell. She’s trying to pass her certification exam to be a Sommelier, but then murder strikes.
Katie’s best friend Tessa works at a Napa Valley winery and invites her to a winery party, but then the owner of the winery is found murdered. To make things even worse, all evidence points in Tessa’s direction. Katie feels it’s her responsibility to clear her friend of all charges.
Unfortunately, Katie finds herself the target of threats. Maybe she’s getting a bit too close to the real killer? Katie won’t rest until the mystery is solved.
I found myself totally captivated by this story. I was at the edge of my seat and truly couldn’t put this one down. I had a few suspicions as to who the culprit was, but I was a bit off. I kept trying to figure everything out right along with Katie.
Katie is a wonderful character and I loved her relationship with Tessa. I definitely want to read more and hope this is a series that will continue. Great characters, an exciting plot, and a lovely setting. What more could I want from a cozy? Excellent debut for this author and it left me wanting a glass of wine!
For reading challenges:
Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2016
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2016
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Nadine 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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