Uncorking a Lie

Uncorking a Lie

by Nadine Nettmann


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ISBN-13: 9780738750620
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Series: A Sommelier Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 523,713
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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.

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Uncorking a Lie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Katie Stillwell is back tasting wine and solving mysteries. Once again, she's hoping to study for the next level in her Sommelier Certification Program, continue her job at Trentino and make enough money to pay her bills. When Paul Rafferty, one of the regular customers at Trentino's invites her to his dinner party where he is going to open a $19,000 bottle of wine he just won at auction, she jumps at the chance. Once there, she feels a bit out of place, until it comes to the wine opening and tasting. What started off as a night of wonderful expectations, ends with a murder and a counterfeit wine. Paul asks her to investigate to find out who duped him. As the investigation continues, Katie needs to clear both hers and Paul's names. She hooks up with once again with Detective Dean who is able to assist her with some of her sleuthing. After a second murder, Katie and Dean are afraid the killer is definitely going after Katie. This is not a long book and I read it in a few hours. The story was well paced and moved along quickly. One thing I really liked was that the clues and the investigation were all about wine, so it seemed realistic that a sommelier would be able to unearth them. As a protagonist in this story, Katie seemed to be more self assured but still took a lot of chances. Katie is a flawed character who has poor self-esteem caused by her past. I hope as her relationship with Dean flourishes, she might become more positive. My only question, is how does a person who has very little money, spend so much time driving around? Overall, this was a good mystery with some interesting characters and of course wine. I enjoyed it a bit more than the last one and look forward to reading the newest book in this series.
KristinSchadler More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Loved the development of the characters and the storyline. This is a quick, fun read. Can't wait to read the next one.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Uncorking a Lie by Nadine Nettmann is the second book in A Sommelier Mystery series. It is January in San Francisco, California. Katie Stillwell is a sommelier at Trentino. Katie is surprised when she receives a dinner invitation from frequent customer, Paul Rafferty. Paul has recently purchased a 1975 Chateau Clair Bleu, and he will be opening it at the dinner. Katie arrives and is greeted by Paul’s assistant, Cooper Maxwell. Cooper has been flirting with Katie, but she does not have time for a relationship. Other attendees are Leanor Langley, Simon Watkins, Roberto Marini, and Alicia Trager along with her husband, Martin. The group sits down to eat and Paul has Katie open the wine (which has special meaning to Paul). One sip and Katie knows that the wine is a forgery. She does not want to ruin Paul’s night by telling him, but Cooper can tell something is wrong. Katie tells Cooper who then starts asking the other guests rather pointed questions. Cooper disappears after dinner into the wine cellar. When he does not return, Katie goes looking for him and finds him at the bottom of the steps. Cooper is rushed to the hospital, but he does not survive. The next day Paul arrives at Trentino and Katie tells him about the fake wine. Paul purchased the wine at an auction from a private seller. He hires her to find the seller for him. But Cooper’s killer is less than thrilled with Katie’s nosy questions. Will Katie be able to unmask the killer before he strikes out at her? Uncorking a Lie follows the traditional formula for a cozy mystery. There is a dinner, a victim, investigation, and reveal. The mystery was simple, and the identity of the culprit is easy to decipher. Katie Stillwell is an awkward character (and hard to like). Katie lacks discretion when sleuthing. She is unable to pull off her own cover story. Katie continually mentions she has no time in her life for dating. She is too busy working and studying for the next level of the sommelier exam (she always has wine on the brain). But she can spend countless hour running around San Francisco and Sonoma Valley asking her pointless questions? Katie is a character who lacks self-esteem and is not willing to let anyone get close to her (she also has daddy issues). I found several bits of information repeated frequently throughout the book (Katie and her exam for instance). I give Uncorking a Lie 3 out of 5 stars (it was predictable). Uncorking a Lie is easy to read and can be finished in a couple of hours. Each chapter has wine pairing suggestions for those who like to imbibe. A Sommelier Mystery series is just not my type of cozy mystery series. I prefer more engaging characters and a complex mystery.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
A well written fast paced cozy mystery. The reader will enter the world and learn about high dollar wine. This was a fun and interesting read for me giving me a chance to know a little more about wine and it's intrigue. I was fascinated with the world of the Sommelier and wine tasters. I couldn't imagine being a part of that world. As Katie begins investigation the source of a very expensive bottle of counterfeit wine she soon becomes one of the suspects when it is realized that there has been a murder. It seems to be a race against time to find the truth and who is telling truth as each participant at the dinner party is questioned. There is a budding romance that was introduced in book 1 that begins to warm up a little at the end. Uncorking A Lie was a nice cozy fast paced easy read. There weren't too many characters to cause confusion for the reader. I look forward to reading the series. I received a complimentary copy.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
crisp and clean delivering a well executed mystery UNCORKING A LIE by Nadine Nettmann The Second Sommelier Mystery Paul Rafferty has finally found the bottle he's been searching for, the 1975 Chateau Clair Bleu, and is celebrating with a special dinner with friends, including sommelier Katie Stillwell. But when Katie opens the wine, she immediately notices something wrong. The $19,000 bottle of wine is a counterfeit! Cooper, the only other person aware of the fraud dies that night in an apparent accident, but Katie isn't so sure his death was accidental. Finally telling Paul the truth about the wine, he hires her to find out who is behind the counterfeit wine. Between working her job at the restaurant and studying for the Advanced Exam, Katie will attempt to ferret out the truth and uncork a lie. Like fine wine, the Sommelier Mystery series gets better with age. This second entry is crisp and clean delivering a well executed mystery. As an admitted oenophile, I love the wine descriptions at the start of each chapter. Nettmann's knowledge and love of wine shines through increasing my own appreciation for this delightful beverage. Katie Stillwell continues to be a likeable and relatable protagonist, although there was a scene near the end that made me cringe at the stupidity of her actions. That being said, I enjoyed following her thought process as she reasoned through the mystery as she would an unknown wine, finding clues and discovering the truth. Revealing collectors and counterfeiters, professionals and fans alike, UNCORKING A LIE shows that wine is an integral part of the lives of many. Nadine Nettmann skillfully guides readers through this infinitely fascinating world of wine while providing readers with an entertaining mystery. I savored this book and look forward to the next! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Is That Wine Really Valuable? I grew up in Sonoma County, California, a wine region that has been eclipsed by our neighbor, Napa County, when it comes to famed California wine. However, I was thrilled when I learned that Sonoma County would provide part of the setting for Uncorking a Lie, the second Sommelier mystery from Nadine Nettmann. Fans of the first will be thrilled to be back for the sequel. Our main character is Katie Stillwell, who is an expert on wine. She works at a restaurant in San Francisco where she recommends wines to the customers. However, this book finds her invited to a private dinner party. Paul Rafferty, one of her regular customers who has become a friend, has purchased a rare and expensive bottle of wine, and is having some friends over to enjoy it. Katie is thrilled to be invited to join the group. However, as soon as she tastes the wine, Katie knows that something is wrong. The wine looks and tastes too modern to be the rare bottle Paul had spent so much money to buy. When the evening ends in a disastrous death, Paul asks Katie to find out what is really going on. Will her knowledge of wine lead her to the solution? Hold on when you pick up this book because you are in for a delightfully wild ride. It seems that everyone Katie talks to is hiding a secret of some kind, and she has to figure out who is lying and who is telling the truth. The clues, red herrings, and twists kept me gleefully turning pages as I waited to find out exactly what was going on. The climax was creative and very fun while also tying up all the loose ends. Katie is a good main character. While she makes a couple of mistakes, they seem logical at the time. Her knowledge of wine makes her the perfect sleuth for this story since it involves clues only she would pick up on – yet she always explains them to us. Even this complete wine novice understood exactly what was going on. A couple of the characters from the first in the series only got cameos here, but some other got some interesting character development, and I’m looking forward to seeing where those relationships go. And the new cast was wonderful, making us care about the outcome. As I just mentioned, I’m not a wine guy despite growing up in the heart of California wine country. However, that didn’t keep me from enjoying this book at all, and I learned something along the way. So if you are like me, don’t let that stop you from picking this book up. If you do like wine, you’ll really love this book, and the wine pairings for each chapter will just add to the fun, although you might want to save some of these 36 recommendations for later. Uncorking a Lie builds well on the first book of the series and delivers a complex mystery all its own. Wine lover or not, you’ll savor every page. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.