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Pairing a Deception–more than a taste of wine

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Pairing a Deception

by Nadine Nettmann

Pairing a DeceptionHave you ever met a wine snob? You know, the person who likes to show off their knowledge of wines? Well, I am the exact opposite. If you ask me what my favorite wine is, I would be likely to reply with (cringe)…a color choice or a description of a cute label. Not bad considering I came to the game rather late in life.

Enter Nadine Nettman with her latest cozy mystery Pairing a Deception. Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier from California has all the knowledge needed to create an interesting mystery based on the amazing varieties of wines available at a food and wine festival.

The main character, Katie, is studying for her three day Advanced Sommelier exam, but decides to squeeze in a festival in Santa Barbara with her selfless boyfriend, Detective Dean. While there, Katie gets to practice blind wine tasting skills, share her enthusiasm for wines as an emergency substitute speaker, and investigate a murder. Katie has a background of karate as a child and attended the Police Academy. Skills learned in both venues come in handy when she discovers the murderer.

I thought I might be overwhelmed or bored with all the wine talk, but it seemed natural considering the setting. I learned a lot about wine, especially wine tastings, liked the main characters, and found the plot interesting. The ending was a surprise, but believable.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Midnight Ink for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery

Notes: #3 in the Sommelier Mystery Series, but worked well for me as a standalone

Publication:   May 8, 2018—Midnight Ink

Memorable Lines:

The opportunity to taste the exact same grape grown in different areas, therefore each creating a unique wine, was one of the key elements I loved about wine and food festivals.

“We’d like to order wine. Which ones do you have?” “Oh, we have all the colors,” the waiter remarked. I paused, not sure how to respond.

I like helping people learn about wine and choosing the right one for their meal as I share the story of each bottle.


  1. I think Midnight Ink is one publisher I cannot download on Overdrive. However, I miss it.


  2. Cozynookbks says:

    The cover is lovely.

    Can you believe I don’t like wine? In fact, I don’t like the taste of any alcohol. 🤦🏽‍♀️

    It might be interesting to read about wine tastings though. Thanks for sharing.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Ha! Actually I can believe it. My drink tastes are extremely limited. I don’t like the smell or taste of beer or coffee. I like decaf hot teas, but not ice tea. I am originally from the South and it is assumed there that everyone likes sweetened ice tea. Not me. What I do love is WATER!

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      • Cozynookbks says:

        I hate beer!! I do like coffee, but it has to be partially flavored though, and sweetened. My favorites are hazelnut and pecan. I used to enjoy a wonderful dark chocolate truffle flavor from Gevalia. I don’t think they make it anymore. Regular coffee is just meh to me. I think black coffee is disgusting.

        I just adore a cream tea done the British way. 😌

        I do like sweetened iced tea but rarely drink it because of the calories. And here in the south it’s SO SWEET! 😖When I go out I’ll mix sweetened with unsweetened to cut the sugar.

        I drink mostly water, probably about 80% of the time, but out of necessity more than preference. 😔

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