Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann is the 1st book in the Sommelier Mystery series, nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
Mark's body had been covered with a white sheet but the fingers of his right hand stuck out from underneath in a deathly curl.
“Flip him over again,” said Dean.
Deputy Peters pulled off the sheet and turned over the body.
I stepped forward, swallowing hard. “Recognize what?”
“Look closer,” he pressed.
Firmly placed in Mark's back was a small knife attached to a wine opener.
“It's a wine opener.”
Detective Dean kept his focus on the body. “Yes, but you can identify its owner.”
“Me?” I tried to meet Dean's eyes but he wouldn't make eye contact. “Why?”
“Take a closer look.”
I crouched down. My eyes traced the polished wood of the opener until I reached the engraved name: Tessa B.
Katie Stillwell is not having the best day ever. A sommelier at an upscale restaurant in San Francisco, she's just flunked her master certification, something for which she's been studying for months. Then, an invitation to an exclusive vineyard—something that should have been exciting fun—ends in murder and a missing friend: a friend now suspected of said murder.