Death on Tap

Death on Tap

Book - 2017
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Sloan Krause has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, but when she walks in on her husband Mac screwing the barmaid she decides to strike out on her own. Breaking away from the Krause family brewery, Sloan goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town, and brewmaster Garrett Strong has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe. When Sloan finds one of Nitro's competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe, Mac is arrested. Her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? Danger is brewing in Beervaria and Sloan is on the case.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250108630
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 30, 2019

One of the best cozies I've read in a few months. I really enjoyed the sections on beer brewing -- kind of a free education on it, but done in a great story telling way. I'm not a fan of the love triangle business and hope Alexander doesn't go down that road in story after story. And the hint of a "cliffhanger" at the end I could do without. To me they don't build suspense, they are more like ploys to get you to buy the next book.

The depictions of "Beervaria" and Leavenworth were great. I could totally visualize the town and goings on.

The mystery was well done. I was so wrapped up in the story itself I didn't spend a lot the reading time trying to figure out who done it -- it was just great to let Alexander tell the story.

If you are new to cozies this is a good one to start off with.

Nov 10, 2019

I am hoping the second book is better. This is supposed to be a cozy mystery but reads more like a soap opera, too much character building and not enough mystery, the mystery was barely there and the end was very disappointing. As cozy's go, Ellie Alexander is a good author, but missed on this one. I plan to read the second book to see if it gets better and maybe the character buildup pays off. Good descriptions about beer making, however.

Jan 19, 2019

Really cute first book of a new series, as of January 2019 still only a trilogy. IT is lovely to have something written about the PNW and this really sells Leavenworth as a beer drinkers destination instead of the "Christmas All Year Long" town that has long been it's draw.

Ellie Alexander makes every effort to meet all the different cozy criteria. We get clothing descriptions, how to make delicious food suggestions (including a list of salad and soup ingredients. long passages about her cooking, but no actual recipes), scenic descriptions, brewing information (some of which I suspect is not accurate), the evil / horribly dressed / ghastly makeup wearing / universally hated town bully, and two too many men for a woman not yet divorced. A fun 5 1/2 hour read.

Mar 11, 2018

Excellent new cozy mystery series!

fineplan Nov 29, 2017

A pleasure to read despite a slightly rough start. I loved learning about brewing and the industry, as well as getting to meet the quirky characters of this unique little town. I have high hopes for Sloan. The mystery was a little weak for this novel, but I think this novel has laid the foundation for an excellent series.


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