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Monday, August 10, 2020

Without a Brew (Sloan Krause #4) by Ellie Alexander

Without a Brew

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Goodreads synopsis: 
Amateur sleuth Sloan Krause delves into a murderous winter wonderland in another delightful mystery from cozy writer Ellie Alexander, Without a Brew.

It's winter in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, which for local brewmaster Sloan Krause means lots of layers, pine and citrus-flavored craft beers, and getting the new guest rooms at Nitro into pristine condition before visitors flood in for IceFest—a local tradition filled with fireworks, ice carving, and winter games of all varieties. But Sloan and her boss Garrett quickly learn that being brewkeepers turned innkeepers may not be as idyllic as it sounded.

While one couple staying with them seems completely smitten, a flashy group arrives in the evening demanding rooms. Sloan and Garrett are less than impressed, but agree to rent to them anyway. The night takes a turn when brewery patron Liv Paxton finishes her frothy pint and, with no previous plan for an overnight stay in Leavenworth, eagerly takes Sloan up on the offer of sanctuary from the snow—until she has a strange run in with some locals and the other guests. Sloan could be imagining things, but when Liv's room is found trashed the next morning, a hateful message painted on her car, and Liv herself is nowhere to be found, Sloan is convinced another mystery is brewing. With many of the potential suspects hunkering down under Nitro's roof, she knows her co-workers and friends won't be safe until she serves up the killer a hoppy pint of justice.


4.75 stars

This is the fourth book in the Sloan Krause mystery series by Ellie Alexander.

Wow, every book makes me love this series even more. I loved how you had side storylines that really gave Sloan pause (eg. are Mac’s parents really Nazi supporters and dangerous?). This on top of the murder of one of their visitors staying in their Nitro guest rooms.

Sloan helps the local police chief ferret out who might have a motive to kill a young girl. This story is a lot more than it seems. I love it when you just keep changing who you think dunit.

And to top it off, this book isn’t just about the mystery, it is about who Sloan is and what is happening in her life. I loved getting to see her rebuilding her life after Mac’s betrayal. This is just an inspiring read that I can’t recommend enough. Definitely check this one out for sure!

If you like cozy mysteries, you won’t be disappointed in this series. Take a deep dive into this Bavarian brew-tastic series!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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