Monday, August 3, 2020

Review: Risky Whiskey (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries) by Lucy Lakestone (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Risky Whiskey (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries)
by Lucy Lakestone

About Risky Whiskey 

Risky Whiskey (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Velvet Petal Press (July 21, 2020)
Print Length: 250 pages
Digital ASIN: B088Q9NW98

Stirring up trouble in New Orleans ...
Eager to shake up her drinks and her life, mixologist Pepper Revelle jumps at an invitation to join the elite Bohemia Bartenders. Leader Neil thinks she’ll be the perfect advance gal for his team at a colorful cocktail convention in her hometown of New Orleans, but the job turns out to be more bananas than a drunk monkey. Setting up the key tasting for their distiller client, she and Neil discover their whiskey has gone dangerously bad. But how? And was this shocking poisoning more than an accident?

As Pepper and Neil try to figure out what happened, keep the drinks flowing and help distiller Dash Reynolds survive the weekend, they find themselves the target of increasingly scary attacks. Maybe it’s the danger, or maybe it’s the drinks, but Pepper also can’t help an inconvenient attraction to cocktail nerd Neil as they stir up trouble and try to figure out who’s out to get them — before they’re sliced and squeezed like a lemon twist in a Sazerac.

Risky Whiskey is the first book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.
My Review 

Mixologist Pepper Revelle, is thrilled to become one of the Bohemia Bartenders. The head of the bartenders, Neil Rockaway, is more than happy to have Pepper on his team as they create colorful, delicious cocktails. Their current client, Dash Reynolds, hires them for a convention in New Orleans, which happens to be Pepper’s hometown. She now lives in Bohemia Beach with her aunt and their beloved dog.

As they prepare for their taste testing, they discover the whiskey is bad. One of the workers is hospitalized and the crew wonders if this is an accident or is someone out to get them? If so, are they after the Bohemia Bartenders or their client?

Pepper and Neil work together to get to the bottom of this. Thanks to their team of mixologists, they have a great team to help them.  Their reputation, as well as everyone's safety, is on the line.

This is a fast-paced read that made me want to drink cocktails, but I have great willpower and resisted :) Since this is the first book of a series, it is a nice introduction to the cast. I’m looking forward to getting to know these characters even better as the series moves along.

I wasn’t all that surprised to see who the culprit was, but I so enjoyed the journey of getting there and finding out the reason behind it. There is a nice mix of romance with the mystery. It is very well balanced.

I’ll be looking for book two and I hope it will be released soon.

For reading challenges:
Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2020
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2020 (Louisiana)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020

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

About Lucy Lakestone

Lucy Lakestone is an award-winning author who lives on Florida’s east central coast, among the towns that serve as an inspiration for the hot romances of her Bohemia Beach Series and the jumping-off point for the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries. She’s been a journalist, photographer, editor and video producer but prefers living in her imagination, where the moon is full and the cocktails are divine. Learn more at

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