Uncorking a Lie is the sequel to Decanting a Murder, which I reviewed last year. I’m delighted to be reviewing this book as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway after you’ve read the review.
By Nadine Nettman
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01LY74FBZ
It was the kind of invitation Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it’s not the older vintage listed on the label. When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake―even her life.
In this second book Katie has passed the first level of her Master of Wine exams, but is now focused on the Advanced level. Her general demeanour has eased a little, though, and I found her a much more comfortable character – still driven, but not quite so full-on! I love the inclusion of the wine detail in these books. I suspect if you don’t like wine… what am I saying? I’m sure you wouldn’t have read this far if you found the topic abhorrent. It’s all about wine, and there’s always more to learn about the subject, so finding that Katie’s wonderful palate has detected a counterfeit one – a recent win in a bottle sold as an old master – we embark on a lesson in fakery.
There are a limited number of people involved in the murder, but Katie takes up the investigation when she thinks the police are still treating it as an accidental death. That’s all fair, in my view, and this time she does a lot of unearthing clues and motives because of her wine expertise, rather than general nosiness. Altogether I found the plot to be very well-balanced and the treatment of the police fair.
Even Dean (her love interest from last time, whom she has been stringing along a bit), is treated fairly in this book. The tendency of the author to throw Katie into dangerous situations at the drop of a hat seems to be as a result of Katie’s impetuous nature, rather than wilful disregard for life and limb.
Uncorking a Lie is an easy, clueful crime mystery, and I finished it in one sitting. That is, I could have put it down, but since I had the time to indulge myself for a change, I really didn’t want to.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, perfect with a glass of Merlot, or something else to your taste!
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.