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A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Praise for Joyce Tremel and the Brewing Trouble Mysteries
“A heartwarming blend of suds and suspense, featuring a determined heroine and her big Irish family. Tremel knows and loves her Pittsburgh setting, making the mystery all the more real and enjoyable.”—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
“Intriguing insight into the brewpub industry and a cast of recurring characters who feel like friends make it easy to see why the Brewing Trouble Mystery series continues to rise to the top. Another exceptionally well-crafted mystery, with dashes of intrigue and the perfect blend of romance and atmosphere to keep it well-rounded and engaging.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
"This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series...I want more!"--Socrates' Book Reviews
"This is the perfect mystery to cozy up with, especially in the fall. The unique occupation of our amateur sleuth makes this an unforgettable mystery. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series."--Brooke Blogs
“Joyce Tremel’s debut novel is cleverly developed, infused with fascinating details of craft brewing plus the very real flavor of Pittsburgh, and distilled into a unique and charming mystery. A delicious blend of strong characters and smooth delivery, To Brew or Not to Brew is sure to appeal to mystery readers and beer aficionados alike.”—Jennie Bentley, New York Times bestselling author of the Do-It-Yourself Mysteries
About the Author
Joyce Tremel is the author of Tangled Up in Brew and To Brew or Not to Brew. For more than ten years, she was a police secretary. Her fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her nonfiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband.
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Max fears the death could somehow be connected to her dear friend Candy. Suddenly, Max is finding out Candy has many secrets in her past, but there’s no way Max believes she's a killer. Max is determined to make sure the real killer is found and brought to justice, even though the police warn her to stay away.
It doesn’t help when her boyfriend’s nasty ex-fiancee arrives in town. Max has her hands full with finding a killer and keeping Jake’s ex far away from him.
I so love this series. It’s the third one and they just keep getting better. Max and her friends are a tight knit group. Each one has their own endearing quality. Max and Jake are such a cute couple, too. I enjoy their relationship. Although this book is primarily a mystery, the romance is a small part of it.
I do have to laugh at Max always sticking her nose into investigations because the police don’t seem to be able to solve anything without her help. The funny part is that her own father is one of the lead detectives, although not on this particular case.
The setting for this series is perfect. The Oktoberfest atmosphere is particularly timely to be reading right now. I practically devoured this story. I didn’t want to put it down. The author does an excellent job of transporting the reader right into the story.
The mystery itself is contained in this book, so you don’t have to read the first two. However, it’s so much more fun to start at the beginning. She does make mention of certain incidents that occurred in previous books, but it is explained. Still, with these type of series, it’s always fun to start with the first book and see how each recurring character grows.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It has a wonderful, quirky cast with the perfect setting. The mystery keeps you on your toes with many twists and turns along the way. I didn’t figure out the real culprit until the end, but even then, I didn’t have the details correct.
It leaves me anxiously awaiting the next entry in this series. I want more! Now!
FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Fall is in the air and Maxine, Max to her friends is busy getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest at her brewpub. To go along with the celebration she has tentatively hired an oompah band to perform. She wants to catch their performance before agreeing to finalize the deal so she and fellow shop owners, Candy, Daisy, and Kristie head to the hall where they are playing. During a break, the band comes over and introduces themselves. The accordion player, Felix, takes one look at Candy and comments that they have met before and is rather persistent that they have met before. Candy, with a fearful look on her face, denies that they have ever met.
The next day Max receives a call from Walter asking her to meet him at his house. Max is sure that Felix was trying to hit on Candy and Walter is acting as a go-between agrees to meet him. But when she arrives Walter is not there, but Candy is and she doesn’t want to tell Max why she his. Then Max receives another call asking her to meet at their rehearsal. Candy insists on going with Max and when they get to the hall they find the lifeless body of Walter.
Finally, Max is able to convince Candy to tell what she knows about Felix and why she looked so scared. Max soon learns that Candy had previously been married and was a spy during WWII and had encountered Felix during the war. Since Candy has no idea why Felix might be in Pittsburgh or what he looking for.
Max and Candy, with the help of their friends, set off to find out who the murderer might be before that police begin to think it is Candy.
This another enjoyable addition to this exciting series. There’s always well developed and believable character in this series.
Delicious sounding recipes are also included.
I’ll be watching for the next book in this tasty series.
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A Room With a Brew is the third installment in author Joyce Tremel’s “Brewing Trouble” series.Read more