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ARC Review – Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander

ARC Review – Death on Tap by Ellie AlexanderDeath on Tap by Ellie Alexander
Published by Minotaur Books on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac, is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

Sloane Krause walks into to find her husband baring it all to the barmaid a the family brewery. She takes off and gets a job at the new microbrewery in town Nitro. Thoughts are whirling and she’s trying to get it together when she finds a body in the brew tanks. Nothing like this has ever happened in Leavenworth and Sloane is trying to get to the bottom of what happened before it can happen again.

In an Oyster Shell – An exciting debut to a new series that was well crafted and will keep you on your toes.

The Pearls – I loved Sloane as a character she was exotic with a rough backstory that helped you empathize with her. I liked that Sloane was a mother. It was hard not to compare the story to Ellie’s other series but in the end, Sloane stood all on her own. It was refreshing.

The mystery kept you on your toes. I was kept in suspense for most of the story. Half the town could have been viable suspects at one part or another. It was fun to be constantly guessing who done it. The end was surprising. Once again Ellie Alexander shows her amazing talent in what seems to be a promise for another great series.

I loved that the author chose another quaint town like Leavenworth Washington. There were some crazy characters. I liked how when it counted all the town showed up to support Sloane and the new brewery.

The Sand – It was an excellent book I can’t wait for it to continue.

4.5 Stars

About Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at

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