Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blog Tour: A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery) by Joyce Tremel (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
by Joyce Tremel

A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277713

It's Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine "Max" O'Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it's up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max's friend, is acting suspicious... Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend's innocence. To make matters worse, Jake's snooty ex-fiancée shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she'll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max.

My Review

It’s time for another visit to Pittsburgh and Maxine “Max” O’Hara’s Allegheny Brew House. Max and her staff are getting ready for Oktoberfest. She hires the perfect band for her event, but just Max’s luck, one of the band members turns up murdered.

Max fears the death could somehow be connected to her dear friend Candy. Suddenly, Max is finding out Candy has many secrets in her past, but there’s no way Max believes she's a killer. Max is determined to make sure the real killer is found and brought to justice, even though the police warn her to stay away.

It doesn’t help when her boyfriend’s nasty ex-fiancee arrives in town. Max has her hands full with finding a killer and keeping Jake’s ex far away from him.

I so love this series. It’s the third one and they just keep getting better. Max and her friends are a tight knit group. Each one has their own endearing quality.  Max and Jake are such a cute couple, too.  I enjoy their relationship.  Although this book is primarily a mystery, the romance is a small part of it.

I do have to laugh at Max always sticking her nose into investigations because the police don’t seem to be able to solve anything without her help. The funny part is that her own father is one of the lead detectives, although not on this particular case.

The setting for this series is perfect. The Oktoberfest atmosphere is particularly timely to be reading right now. I practically devoured this story. I didn’t want to put it down. The author does an excellent job of transporting the reader right into the story.

The mystery itself is contained in this book, so you don’t have to read the first two. However, it’s so much more fun to start at the beginning. She does make mention of certain incidents that occurred in previous books, but it is explained. Still, with these type of series, it’s always fun to start with the first book and see how each recurring character grows.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It has a wonderful, quirky cast with the perfect setting. The mystery keeps you on your toes with many twists and turns along the way.  I didn’t figure out the real culprit until the end, but even then, I didn’t have the details correct.

It leaves me anxiously awaiting the next entry in this series.  I want more!  Now!

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About The Author

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.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew was 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 was released in October 2016 and chosen as a "Top Pick" by RT Book Reviews. It was the winner of the 2016 Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. It was also named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kings River Life Magazine.

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  1. My daughter in law was raised in Pittsburgh so I bet she would love this series!

  2. Love it and love Octoberfest. I used to go to some fab parties in Kitchener Ontario Canada. A good time was had by all, but there were landsharks everywhere. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Thank you for the giveaway! I love this series and can't wait to read the latest!

  4. Looks like a great book. I am just getting into cozy mysteries.

  5. I love the book tours, so much info about a new book.


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