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Pairing a Deception

(A Sommelier Mystery #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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 start--until an attendee is murdered and suspicion falls on the festival emcee,
Paperback, 228 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Midnight Ink
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Mark Baker
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mystery
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
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had borrowed both of the first two books of this series from my library and enjoyed them so much, I was thrilled when this one was available for request on NetGalley before its recent release. I am voluntarily reviewing the book after reading it.

It was such a fun theme, a Wine and Food Festival and I love how Katie and Dean's relationship had developed in the six months that passed from the last book, obviously in a good direction since he was with her for the weekend. I was really fooled by
K.A. Davis
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
PAIRING A DECEPTION, the third book in Nadine Nettmann’s Sommelier Mystery series, will make you want to open a nice bottle of wine to enjoy while you savor each word written until the last page is turned. I love how each chapter begins with a wine pairing (so many wines introduced by Ms. Nettmann, who is a certified sommelier) and weaves in wine information throughout this fast-paced mystery. The protagonist, Katie Stillwell, is an admirable character. She is intelligent and driven to pass her ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 th ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Review Based on ARC from NetGalley:

Pairing a Deception continues the story of our favorite sommelier, Katie, as she and Detective Dean take their first weekend trip together, down to a wine festival near Santa Barbara. In the now familiar fashion, a murder happens, along with a case of stolen identity, and there is a great deal of wine drunk, discussed, mentioned, and otherwise referred to. This is a very quick read, though I didn't enjoy it as much as the first 2. On the plus side, Katie and De
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How many lovers of mysteries are also wine lovers? While there may be many, before this book was written, I enjoyed those passions separately. “Pairing a Deception” brings them together in a wine and food festival setting.

The hero of Nadine Nettman’s book is a female sommelier named Katie Stillwell. She is studying for her advance sommelier test while attending a wine and food festival with her boyfriend, a San Francisco detective. Unfortunately, her boyfriend’s crime-solving skills in this book
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

One of my roommates is a sommelier, so I'm familiar with a (very) little bit of what's involved in her job and the prestige of the Court of Sommelier. She's currently working towards her Certificate and has piles of wine encyclopedias and books everywhere. I don't like wine but I do find the whole tasting process quite fascinating - refining your senses to discern the different flavours, nuances and grapes - down the very vineyard they grew! - is quite an achievement. Despite my current d
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have 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
Storm Reads
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the series and I found it just as enjoyable as the others even though I know nothing about wine.

Katie  will be taking her Master Sommelier test soon but she was wanting to go with Dean to the Food and Wine festival nearby so she promised to study while she was there. Things didn't go so well when they happen on a dead body of a lady they had just met and it's outside the hotel room of one of the Master Sommeliers.

She really hopes that Hudson didn't have anything to do w
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Sommelier mysteries are a smart and engaging read. A Certified Sommelier herself, Nadine Nettmann skillfully applies her wine expertise to bring a quality of authenticity to Katie Stillwell’s character in her adventures. In fact, one of the more interesting features of this series is the way Ms. Nettmann weaves winemaking details into the story line.

In this adventure, Katie and her boyfriend Dean, a police detective, are taking a long weekend to attend a wine festival in Santa Barbara. Kati
Kathy Martin
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sommelier Katie Stillwell and her new boyfriend Detective John Dean are taking their first weekend away by attending a wine and food festival in Santa Barbara. Katie is studying hard for her advanced Sommelier exam and Dean has a case that is in process too but they are eager to spend some time together.

The festival is being attended by a colorful variety of characters including the emcee, Master Hudson Wiley, who will be proctoring Katie's exam the following week. When one of the attendee's bod
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 fi
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Janka H.
What bad could ever happen at a wine festival?

When a female festival attendee is found dead in front of a hotel room of a famous sommelier with a bottle of wine, it certainly puts some suspicions on a said sommelier. But he is obviously uncomfortable, not giving off the guilty vibes. Besides, Katie Stillwell has her gut, which is telling her that there might be some deception going on.

Unfortunately, this is the weakest in the series - this might be because I feel that Dean, Katie’s boyfriend, i
Though this is the third book in the series, it's the first one I've read. I didn't feel like I needed to have read the first two. There was enough backstory without an info dump to know what was going on with the series. Katie Stillwell is volunteering at a wine and food festival the weekend ahead of her advanced sommelier exam. Her beau John Dean is with her as well, taking well the fact that he was signed up as "Dean Stillwell" and generally proving himself to be a really, really good boyfrie ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.
Katie Stillwell is back in the third volume of the Sommelier Mysteries. In this volume Katie and Dean finally have a whole weekend to spend together at a Food and Wine Festival - what could possibly go wrong? Katie is thrust into solving the murder of a young woman, whose body was discovered slumped against the hotel room door of the festival's master of ceremonies. Katie and Dean work together to sniff out
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What could be more relaxing than a weekend wine retreat right before the big Advanced Sommelier test? At least that is what Katie Stillwell and her boyfriend Detective John Dean thought when they went away for the weekend.
What a great way to get a peek into what a wine tasting and educational weekend could look like with a little extra excitement. Truly educational and informative while being equally entertaining. I learned a lot including the proper pronunciation for sommelier (some-all-yay) a
Sue Em
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Fast-paced new entry following the adventures of Katie Stillwell as she attends a wine festival with boyfriend, John Dean. While her plan is to enjoy her first weekend trip with him and study up for the sommelier's exam the following Tuesday, the murder of another attendee requires her unique skills to solve the crime. Enjoyable mystery that plays fair with its clues, but kept me guessing until the end. Can't wait for the next book and to find out how Katie does on the sommelier's exam. If you a ...more
Grace Koshida
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sommelier Katie Stillwell and Detective John Dean are planning to enjoy a weekend together at the Harvest Days Wine and Food Festival in Santa Barbara. But the fun turns deadly when they find the dead body of a woman lying against the door of Master Sommelier Hudson Wiley. The victim had been anxious to meet Hudson but why? Katie cannot resist using her investigative skills to find the truth. Meanwhile, her romantic relationship with Dean is developing nicely in this book.

I received an eARC via
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! I love food festivals, and this book takes place at a wine/food festival. Katie even steps in as a presenter at one of the sessions, and on another day she helps pour wine. It's meant to be a romantic weekend for her and John Dean, but murder has other plans...

Nadine Nettmann makes the "wine world" interesting, and as you're reading this story you're learning about wine and labels and tastings and vintage. You're learning without even realizing it. Nettmann keeps the t
Kathleen Gray
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The charm of this cozy series is in Katie and the fact that she's studying for her sommelier exam. I enjoy how Nettman winds details about the wine business into a fairly standard plot, which makes it stand out. This time Katie's at a festival with her sweetie Detective John Dean and when someone is murdered, well of course she's going to investigate. Hudson Wiley might have issues but Katie's convinced he didn't do it. There are some twists and you'll likely find yourself nodding at the end whe ...more
Jackie R
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ugh. The only deception in this book is being drawn into it in the first place. I will definitely look carefully next time I'm pulled into because the author was a one time an Agatha Award Finalist. Shallow, formulated and boring. The sleuth has to become involved of course, and always places herself in dangerous situations. This goes into the garbage heap of new authors.
Kristin Cochran Schadler
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series. I adore Katie and how real she is, and reading about her budding relationship with Dean and all of the growing pains that new couples endure. I love learning more about wine every time I read one of these books. I absolutely can't wait for Katie's adventures to continue!!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book for a honest review for Midnight Ink.Ms.Nettmann is a new author to me, I'm not a wine drinker but ,after reading this book I might just buy a bottle.She writes a well written storyline about something she knows quite a lot about being a Sommelier herself. Katie Stillwell is someone I would like to know more about. I'm going to go back & read the previous books in this series.
Mariah Klein
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of this series and this book didn’t disappoint. From the first page I felt like I’d dropped right into a Northern California wine festival (although I’ve never actually been to one). Sommelier Katie Stillwell is an appealing amateur sleuth and I enjoyed getting to know her detective beau more in this book as well.
Melanie Hooyenga
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pairing a Deception is my favorite of the Sommelier Mysteries! I love wine but I'm not nearly as knowledgeable as Katie, so it was fun to have a cast of characters who behave around wine the way I do—they love it and want to drink more!

The murder mystery takes the reader on the twists and turns we've come to expect from Nettman, and readers won't be disappointed!
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Katie Stillwell is participating in a wine festival just days before her Advanced Sommelier exam when she encounters murder. Despite her boyfriend Dean’s advice not to pursue the murder, she does and nearly doesn’t make it to her exam
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love wine and mysteries, you will love this book.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will read another.
Barbara Tobey
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging cozy mystery. Especially enjoyable for wine lovers. Lots of wine and spirits are consumed during the event. Clever mystery. Some surprises. The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley.
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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, from Chile to South Africa to every region in France, but chose Napa as the setting for Decanting a Murder, her debut novel. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Interna ...more

Other books in the series

A Sommelier Mystery (3 books)
  • Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery #1)
  • Uncorking a Lie (A Sommelier Mystery #2)