Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blog: Decanting A Murder by Nadine Nettmann (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 A Sommelier Mystery Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: May 8, 2016
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738748504

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.

My Review

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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  1. The book sounds good, and I'm jelly that the author has been to so many wonderful places!

  2. Looks and sounds like a good read.
    Carol Smith

  3. Wine and wineries are a big thing now. Writing a mystery around them has to be a hit. Thank you for including the information about it on your blog.

  4. I am a 'wine-afficinado.' I enjoy my Pinot Grigio, but am eager to try something new to pair with my favorite meal. My favorite memories with my husband are ones touring the Napa/Sonoma area...wineries, wine, treats, murders, but great B&Bs.

  5. This sounds like an interesting read.

  6. Sounds like a good read - I look forward to checking it out.

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  8. Great review. Book sounds interesting, would like to learn more about what being a sommelier involves.

  9. Great review. Book sounds interesting, would like to learn more about what being a sommelier involves.

  10. Wonderful review:) I enjoy strong characters and can't resist a cozy!

  11. Wine and murder. Sounds like a good one, and I like starting series at the beginning.


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