Katie is on Cloud Wine at a Santa Barbara Festival...until a new mystery is uncorked.
With only a few days left until her Advanced Sommelier exam, Katie Stillwell hopes to balance studying with attending a wine and food festival in Santa Barbara.
The weekend with Detective Dean is off to a great startuntil an attendee is murdered and suspicion falls on the festival emcee, Master Sommelier Hudson Wiley. Katie tries to keep her focus on the festival and her last-minute studying, but when she discovers people aren't who they say they are, she finds herself in the middle of a tangled web where nothing, except the wine, is what it seems.
"This is another great tale in the Sommelier series. Kate becomes, yet again, involved in another murder case and it's her way of looking at things that makes this an entertaining drama that I could not put down until all was said and done. The author did a great job in staging this well-written mystery with a solid plot, plenty of suspects with strategically placed clues that kept me immersed in all that was happening."Dru's Book Musings
"Whether you drink wine or not, Pairing a Deception is a quick read that will entertain. Fans of the series will be delighted to visit Katie again, and anyone new to the series will want to learn more about wine from Katie."Carstairs Considers
Praise for the Sommelier Mysteries:"A strong new series."Mystery Scene
"This mystery delivers a fast, sophisticated ride with just enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the final confrontation."RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
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 visited wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany and every region in France. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pairing a Deception is a delightful book. The characters are well-rounded and interesting. The story flows like a good wine (pun intended) and the mystery is absorbing. This is the third in the A Sommelier Mystery Series, but this was the first book in the series I have read. I was able to jump right in and enjoy it. Katie is attending the Harvest Days Wine and Food Festival with her beau Dean, a Napa Valley detective. Katie is also studying for her advanced sommelier exam. The grand emcee of the festival happens to be the proctor for the exam. When a festival-goer is murdered and the emcee is suspected, Katie and Dean find themselves involved in a complicated mystery. The book was engaging. I now plan to purchase the first two books in the series.
Preparing for her Advanced Sommelier exam, Katie Stillwell and her boyfriend John Dean head to the Wine and Food festival in Santa Barbara to relax and help her prepare for her upcoming exam. When they arrive, Katie meets the Master Sommelier who is not only hosting the weekend events, but also her exam the next week. When an attendee is found murdered outside the master sommelier’s room, Katie puts herself in danger as she follows the clues to finger the murdered. Along the way there are some fine wines and good food, but will Katie make it to sit for her exam or will it be postponed because the proctor is booked for murder? The story is solid and the characters multidimensional and well developed. When the murdered is finally revealed you’ll be surprised. Along the way, enjoy the wine pairings for each chapter and learn a bit more about wines around the World. The only way this book would have been better is if the wines were a true tasting menu with each chapter. Looking forward to reading the first two books in the series and the next adventure with Katie and Dean
another gold medal winner from Nadine Nettmann PAIRING A DECEPTION by Nadine Nettmann The Third Sommelier Mystery Katie Stillwell and Detective Dean have finally coordinated their schedules and plan to enjoy their first weekend away as a couple at the Harvest Days Wine and Food Festival in Santa Barbara. A romantic wine filled getaway turns murderous when the pair discover the dead body of a woman lying against the door of Master Sommelier Hudson Wiley; the same woman who was desperate to talk with him. Could he have killed her? Although it's not Dean's jurisdiction he's certain to have an opinion, and Katie is sure to ask some questions. Who killed Jocelyn Rivers? And if the Master Sommelier is guilty, who will proctor Katie's Exam? I find that I like the characters in the Sommelier Mysteries more and more as the series progresses. Although filled with self doubt, Katie Stillwell is nonetheless a strong woman. Determined to do what she does best, Katie sticks to her guns and doesn't let anybody stop her! Detective Dean is an amazing romantic counterpart. Dean is supportive, encouraging, and thoughtful. He listens and remembers the little things. One of my favorite bits of the series is the wine pairing given at the start of each chapter. I love and appreciate the wine knowledge shared. The love of wine is not only evident in Katie Stillwell, but it flows from the author, Nadine Nettmann, herself. Her joy and enthusiasm for the fruit of the vine is evident in every page, and it doesn't detract from the mystery, but rather enriches it. PAIRING A DECEPTION is another gold medal winner from Nadine Nettmann. Great characters in a wonderful setting bring an intriguing and enjoyable mystery to life. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Katie Stillwell and her boyfriend, Dean, are out of town for the weekend, spending it at a food and wine festival outside of Santa Barbara. Several times on opening night, they witness a woman who seems to be stalking festival emcee, Hudson Wiley. When a dead body turns up, they begin to wonder what is going on. With Katie and Dean out of town, they are the only two real returning characters in the series, but I loved getting to spend more time with them. The new characters are good. The mystery is a little light, but once we get past some set up, Katie uncovers some surprises before we reach the logical and suspenseful conclusion. I’m not a wine lover, but the facts about wine certainly make me want to taste some and see if I can tell the differences that Katie talks about, and those who do love wine will enjoy the pairing suggestions at the beginning of each chapter.