Murder by the Glass
A Wine Lover's Mystery with Nikki Sands by Michele Scott
Review: Murder by the Glass, by Michele Scott, is the entertaining second book in the wine lover's mystery series featuring Napa Valley sleuth Nikki Sands.
Nikki criss-crosses Sonoma County and even ventures into San Francisco on her search for who killed the bride at an ostentatious wedding catered by her best friend. Interviews with suspects are invariably carried out with a bottle of wine nearby making for some very chatty conversations. It's all wonderfully spirited and sparkling and in the end Scott adds a nice twist to this common murder mystery plot.
The book includes recipes of meals featured in the story together with wine pairings. While including recipes is a common feature of culinary mysteries, what distinguishes Scott's approach is not only the pairing of a wine with a recipe but writing a short vignette that suggests why the meal and wine are appropriate to the situation in the book. It's very clever, frequently amusing, and informative.
Scott supplies colorful descriptions for her wine selections. Here's an example from early in the book: "[The Ravenswood Merlot Sangiacomo] is a delicious blend of summer fruits and earth flavors. It has a full, ripe flavor quality, making it a nice balance with dark plum, cherries, blackberries, tobacco, and spice." Uncork a bottle, and enjoy it with Murder by the Glass.
Acknowledgment: Michele Scott provided a copy of Murder by the Glass for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Murder by the Glass: Napa Valley, Sonoma County, San Francisco, California
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Murder by the Glass by Michele Scott — A Wine Lover's Mystery with Nikki Sands
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: June 2006
List Price: $6.99
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