Tangled Up in Brew by Joyce Tremel

tangled up in brew

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.

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This is the second novel in the series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. I really like this series because it’s different than other cozy mystery series since it’s about beer brewing!

The mystery wasn’t too complex and I figured out the killer a few chapters before the killer was announced (yay me!). I learned so much about the brewing process and realized it is much more complex than I thought it was. I also like how it takes place in Pittsburgh, so I had a bit of an understanding of locations since I had visited Pittsburgh a few times.

The best part of the series is the characters, I really like Max and her boyfriend/chef Jake. There is also a great cast of secondary characters who keeps things entertaining!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. An enjoyable cozy mystery which I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in brewing!


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To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel

To Brew or not to Brew

Both Hans and Heidi are posing sleeping with To Brew or Not to Brew!

I think this will be my last cozy mystery for a little bit. I like to read cozy mysteries when I’m on vacation. They are engaging enough to keep you interested, but not too heavy and you don’t need to concentrated as much.

I really enjoyed To Brew or Not to Brew, it had a great set of characters and it’s definitely a series that I want to return to!

Maxine “Max” O’Hara is just a month away from her dream of opening her own craft brew pub in Pittsburgh. There is still a lot to do and the tragic event of losing her chef and assistant brewmaster doesn’t help with her opening fast approaching. Max swears that Kurt’s death wasn’t just a tragic accident, but does she have enough evidence to change the mind of the homicide detective in charge, who just happens to be her dad!

I enjoyed that the story took place revolved around a brew pub that was also located in Pittsburgh. I really enjoy the city of Pittsburgh and I understood the references to their well known athletes in the city. I learned a lot about brewing, but thankfully the author didn’t focus too much unnecessary information about the art of brewing.

Like I mentioned above, I really enjoyed the cast of characters that were in the novel. I really liked Max as the main character and she had a great supporting cast (love interest, family and friends). The biggest negative was that the mystery was pretty obvious (at least to me). I solved the case pretty early and was just waiting for Max to figure it out.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I can’t wait the next book in the series!


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