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To Brew or Not to Brew, the first in debut author Joyce Tremel’s “A Brewing Trouble” mystery series, offers the reader an inside look at the world of craft beer while also plunging them into a puzzler of a murder mystery. Maxine “Max” O’Hara returns from Germany with a brewmaster certification and a dream to open her own brewpub, The Allegheny Brew House, in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But incidents of sabotage and the death of her chef and assistant brewmaster, Kurt—in one of the vats, no less—put a serious crimp in her plans.
The cast of characters includes Max’s large and rowdy Irish family—five older brothers and a police detective dad—a bakery owner named Candy, a flower shop owner named Daisy (Tremel insists the coincidence was unintentional!), and a hunky ex-hockey player named Jake, who stakes a claim to Max’s recent job opening as chef—as well as to her heart. And of course, there’s an adorable kitten named Hops.
The mystery is as well-crafted as the beer. Tremel creates one of the most interesting and well-written cozies I’ve read in quite some time. I’m familiar with the Lawrenceville setting, and although Tremel fictionalized the block in which Max and her nutty neighbors conduct business, I can vouch that she’s nailed the Pittsburgh flavor and style, from the touches of Pittsburghese, to the food and history of the area.
Speaking of food, the menu items with which Kurt and Jake experiment will leave your mouth watering. Thankfully, several delectable recipes are included in the book.
If you’re looking for a cozy with a bit more kick, check out To Brew or Not to Brew. But be forewarned. You’ll be hungry for some brewpub fare and a cold one by the time you’re done.
USA Today best-selling author Annette Dashofy has spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cattle and horses. When she wasn’t roaming the family’s farm or playing in the barn, she could be found reading or writing. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT on the local ambulance service, dealing with everything from drunks passing out on the sidewalk to mangled bodies in car accidents. These days, she, her husband, and their spoiled cat, Kensi, live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy.
Her Zoe Chambers mystery series includes Circle of Influence (finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014), Lost Legacy, and Bridges Burned, which was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015. The fourth in the series, With A Vengeance is now available.
About To Brew Or Not to Brew
Author site: http://www.joycetremel.com/
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