Friday, December 11, 2015

To Brew or Not to Brew {+ Giveaway}

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To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel - Thoughts in ProgressA cozy murder mystery with a spunky, independent female protagonist is always a treat. Put that protagonist in a unique career and you have a fun read for sure.

Author Joyce Tremel has created such a protagonist and setting in TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW, the first installment in her new Brewing Trouble Mystery series. Protagonist Maxine ‘Max’ O’Hara is trying to open her craft brewpub, The Allegheny Brew House, but keeps having problems including the death of the assistant brewmaster/chef.

After returning to Pittsburg with her brewmaster certificate from Germany, Max is eager to open her craft brewpub. She encounters numerous problems, but when her assistant brewmaster/chef is discovered dead she begins to think someone is out to shut her down before the doors ever open. Determined to achieve her dream, Max sets out to find her friend’s killer and open her pub.

The author has combined intrigue and suspense with loyalty and determination to make an entertaining story. The characters are realistic, well-developed and likable. With an eye for detail and rich descriptions, the author draws readers into the setting which is a combination of real places and make-believe.

Moving at a steady pace, this tantalizing mystery holds your attention all the way through. Twists and turns will keep you guessing. Several tasty recipes mentioned throughout the book are also included as an added bonus, along with a special preview of the next entry in the series, TANGLED UP IN BREW.

TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW is a captivating start to what promises to be an enticing new series.

To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel, A Brewing Trouble Mystery Book #1, Berkley, @2015, ISBN: 978-0425277690, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to Danielle and the great folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of TO BREW NOT TO BREW to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 17.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress To Brew or Not to Brew Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today. Are you familiar with craft brewpubs? Do you like spunky female protagonist?

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  1. More temptation.
    Thank you for introducing me to yet another series.

  2. This sounds like a fun new book. Thank you for sharing

  3. Looks like a fun first in series cozy, thanks for the chance :)

  4. I love spunky female protagonists; as in life, they make for a more interesting story!

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  5. Pittsburgh is a great setting for a brew-based series, Mason. Interesting premise! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Brew pubs are very popular these days. Sounds like another one for my list.

  7. Sounds like another great cozy! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  8. What a fascinating cozy which I would enjoy. Thanks.

  9. I've never tried a brew pub, however I have a brother who makes his own beer (and wine), funny thing is he lives in Pittsburgh, I was born and raised there, so I can't wait to read this book.

  10. Craft beers and brew pubs are very popular here and often in the news. Should make a fascinating series!

  11. New to me author and series, and beer. Cool

  12. Sounds fun and interesting--I don't think I've read about anyone who brews their own beer!


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