Monday, October 3, 2016

Tangled Up in Brew by Joyce Tremel

Title: Tangled Up in Brew
Series: Brewing Trouble #2
Author: Joyce Tremel
Publish Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Netgalley

About the Book:
Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend Jake Lambert are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

My Review:
I usually wait til the end of the chapter to stop reading (and go on with life), but this book made it difficult because at the end of nearly every chapter there was a cliffhanger. Totally awesome way to write, pulling the reader quickly into the next chapter. Love it!

I enjoyed the new theme, beer making. It was interesting to read how the brews are made and the work that goes into each one. Max is an amazing sleuth. Using all of her resources, friends, dad, and her own intelligence made for an interesting solving of the crime. I had guessed the suspect at one point, but then with all the other possibilities made me no so sure of myself. The detective on the case also added quite the flair to the story. His dealing with the case also added inspiration in the book from the author about letting people learn from their actions.

I liked the venue of the festival. Very fun and exciting. I also liked that Jake was a part of the competition at the festival as well. Many times I could picture what was going on. I have never been to Pittsburgh, but was interested in the little nuances of those that lived there.

This was an amazing book! My first introduction to this series and so I’m excited to put book one on my TBR list!

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband and a spoiled cat.
Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew has been nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series,Tangled Up In Brew is scheduled for release in October 2016.

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