Death on Tap
by Ellie Alexander (Goodreads Author)
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Minotaur Books
When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.
But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac, is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.
I had thought this was a new author to me but I soon realized she also wrote the “Scene of the Climb” series under the pen name Kate Dyer-Seeley. I really enjoyed that series. You should definitely check it out when you finish reading this lovely. Alexander also has a “Bakeshop Mystery” series as well. They are all good. Definitely a must read author if you love cozy mysteries.
My cousin Shawn, has been into brewing for a long time and I thought this book would give me a glance into what has him so fascinated about it. Alexander does a great jpob of setting the scene. The town just jumps off the page. The characters, even in book one, are so fully crafted you would almost think these were real people and you are just watching a movie about their brewery lives.
The plot is outstanding and keeps you guessing and the personal relationship between Sloan and Mac has you just as perplexed as the main character. How can you make a marriage and business work under those circumstances. But Alexander does it all with class and grace. I will definitely be checking out more of her series in the future. That is a guarantee.
I bought this book with my own money.
Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin's Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Aka Kate Dyer-Seeley