Without a brew

Ellie Alexander

Book - 2020

"Amateur sleuth Sloan Krause delves into a murderous winter wonderland in another delightful mystery from cozy writer Ellie Alexander, Without a Brew. It's winter in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, which for Sloan Krause means lots of layers, pine and citrus-flavored craft beers, and getting the new guest rooms at Nitro, the brewery where she works, into tip top shape before the next weekend's IceFest. Unfortunately, Sloan and her boss Garrett are learning that no...t every guest in the brewery is up for a hopping good time. While the couple staying with them, Brad and Ali, seem completely smitten, a quartet arrives in the evening demanding rooms and showing off flashy Seattle credentials. Sloan and Garrett are less than impressed, but agree to rent rooms to the quarrelsome quartet. The final guest, Liv, wasn't planning on an overnight stay in Leavenworth, but seems eager to take Sloan up on the offer of sanctuary from the snow-at least before she has a strange run in with local mechanic Taylor, to say nothing of the knowing looks and even physical altercations that take place between Liv and the other guests. Sloan could be imagining things, but when Liv's room is found trashed the next morning, a hateful message painted on her car, and Liv herself is no where to be found, Sloan is convinced another mystery is brewing. And with many of the potential suspects hunkering down under Nitro's roof, she knows her co-workers and friends won't be safe until serves up the killer a hoppy pint of justice"--

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Alexander, Ellie. Sloan Krause mysteries ; bk. 4.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Cozy mysteries
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
295 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250205773
1250205778
Main Author
Ellie Alexander (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Sloan Krause and her boss and fellow brewer, Garrett, had planned a soft opening of Nitro, their craft beer-themed B&B in the Leavenworth, WA, Bavarian Village. But this weekend, the small town is overrun with visitors for IceFest, the winter-themed festival. Sloan and Garrett already had one couple staying at Nitro. They end up with five more guests, including a quartet led by an obnoxious, self-important man. When one of the guests is missing the next morning, Sloan calls the police. The discovery of the body means one of Nitro's visitors may be a killer, and one of their first guests is dead. Sloan is already dealing with her looming divorce, plans to buy a cottage in town, and the ongoing search for her birth mother. The ever-steady Sloan's collapse puts her in the path of a killer. VERDICT The ongoing mystery of Sloan's past is just one element in the follow-up to Beyond a Reasonable Stout. Readers who appreciate the community life in a tourist destination town or the appeal of a story with a craft beer background will enjoy this latest cozy with a strong supporting cast of characters.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Alexander's well-crafted fourth mystery featuring microbrewer Sloan Krause (after 2019's Beyond a Reasonable Stout), Sloan—along with her boss, Garrett , and her coworker, Kat —launch a bed and breakfast above Nitro, Garrett's brewery in Leavenworth, Wash. Their guests range from a self-important corporate vice president and his friends on a skiing vacation to a couple taking an anniversary getaway. Then there's distraught Liv Paxton, who says she's in town from Spokane on some unspecified business. After Liv's body turns up in the river, her car is vandalized, and her room is ransacked, Sloan begins to wonder about the reasons for Liv's trip, potential grudges against Liv held by the other guests, and puzzling accounts from local mechanic Taylor , who constantly contradicts himself about Liv. Meanwhile, Sloan butts heads with her soon-to-be-former in-laws about her share in their business and their lack of candor about their relationship with her birth mother. Alexander excels in balancing Sloan's sleuthing with brewery lore. Readers will be eager to learn more about Sloan's roots in her next outing. (Oct.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Crafting regional beers for the winter season’s annual IceFest, Nitro brewer and amateur sleuth Sloan Krause rents rooms to unexpected visitors, including a sanctuary-seeking guest who goes missing after a physical altercation. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Amateur sleuth Sloan Krause delves into a murderous winter wonderland in another delightful mystery from cozy writer Ellie Alexander, Without a Brew. It's winter in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, which for Sloan Krause means lots of layers, pine and citrus-flavored craft beers, and getting the new guest rooms at Nitro, the brewery where she works, into tip top shape before the next weekend's IceFest. Unfortunately, Sloan and her boss Garrett are learning that not every guest in the brewery is up for a hopping good time. While the couple staying with them, Brad and Ali, seem completely smitten, a quartet arrives in the evening demanding rooms and showing off flashy Seattle credentials. Sloan and Garrett are less than impressed, but agree to rent rooms to the quarrelsome quartet. The final guest, Liv, wasn't planning on an overnight stay in Leavenworth, but seems eager to take Sloan up on the offer of sanctuary from the snow-at least before she has a strange run in with local mechanic Taylor, to say nothing of the knowing looks and even physical altercations that take place between Liv and the other guests. Sloan could be imagining things, but when Liv's room is found trashed the next morning, a hateful message painted on her car, and Liv herself is no where to be found, Sloan is convinced another mystery is brewing. And with many of the potential suspects hunkering down under Nitro's roof, she knows her co-workers and friends won't be safe until she serves up the killer a hoppy pint of justice"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Amateur sleuth Sloan Krause delves into a murderous winter wonderland in another delightful mystery from cozy writer Ellie Alexander, Without a Brew.It's winter in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, which for local brewmaster Sloan Krause means lots of layers, pine and citrus-flavored craft beers, and getting the new guest rooms at Nitro into pristine condition before visitors flood in for IceFest—a local tradition filled with fireworks, ice carving, and winter games of all varieties. But Sloan and her boss Garrett quickly learn that being brewkeepers turned innkeepers may not be as idyllic as it sounded. While one couple staying with them seems completely smitten, a flashy group arrives in the evening demanding rooms. Sloan and Garrett are less than impressed, but agree to rent to them anyway. The night takes a turn when brewery patron Liv Paxton finishes her frothy pint and, with no previous plan for an overnight stay in Leavenworth, eagerly takes Sloan up on the offer of sanctuary from the snow—until she has a strange run in with some locals and the other guests. Sloan could be imagining things, but when Liv's room is found trashed the next morning, a hateful message painted on her car, and Liv herself is nowhere to be found, Sloan is convinced another mystery is brewing. With many of the potential suspects hunkering down under Nitro's roof, she knows her co-workers and friends won't be safe until she serves up the killer a hoppy pint of justice.