I was intrigued with this mystery book featuring a Sommelier as the main character, so I had to read this debut book in a new series. See if it sparks your interest.
Copyright: May 2016 (Midnight Ink) 264 pgs
Series: 1st in Sommelier Mystery series
Mystery Sub-genre: Amateur Sleuth
Main Characters: Katie Stillwell
Setting: Modern day, California Wine Country
Obtained Through: Publisher/NetGalley for honest review
"Katie Stillwell focuses on two things in her life: work and practicing for 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 uncovered―including her own."
The killer reveal has some good tense moments, and a pretty tense scene three/fourths the way in which gave me some chills. The wrap up was the one part that I would have liked to see different. I believe this is meant to be a series, but the ending didn't setup anticipation for the next book.
Overall I liked the story, loved the Sommelier angle and hope that is maintained as the series continues. Although this classifies as a cozy with no real violence, mild or no swearing, no intimate scenes etc. I was left with a feeling of Amateur sleuth because of the more serious tone and Tessa's character.
Rating: Good - A fun read with good qualities.
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