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Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review: To Brew or Not To Brew by Joyce Tremel

An all-new mystery series set in a Pittsburgh craft brew pub, featuring a brewmaster with a head for sleuthing.
The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification, and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.
Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast—before her brand-new brew biz totally tanks...[summary via Amazon]
I'm not a beer drinker. Growing up in Australia, I never got the taste for what is very popular beverage down under. Despite not being a fan of the alcoholic beverage, I absolutely devoured this first book in the Brewing Trouble Mysteries, as much as any fan of the beverage would!

In To Brew or Not Brew we meet Max O'Hara, who is ready to open her own brewery. I instantly liked Max. She's Irish, has five older brothers and is feisty! She's the kind of girl you'd love to have as your best friend, and readers will find themselves cheering her on as she tries to solve the murder!

Max's sidekicks come in the form of ex-hockey player and family friend, Jake, and her kitten, Hops. Together the three of them create sleuthing magic as they work together to solve the crime!

I enjoyed every second of this debut mystery. It hits all the right spots for me, and whether you're a beer drinker or not, it will be a mystery that you won't forget in a hurry! I definitely can't wait to come back for more, with Tangled Up in Brew, out in October, 2016.

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