October 3, 2017

A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Berkley (October 3, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0425277713 


About this book
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.

Meet the author - Joyce Tremel
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. 

Author Links
Webpage - http://www.joycetremel.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JoyceTremel/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/JoyceTremel
GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13746162.Joyce_Tremel
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My thoughts
This is a fun series to read. I liked that it was set around Oktoberfest which is always a fun time of year especially for craft brewers. It was fun to meet up with Max again and to see what she is up to. The author does a good job of giving you just enough clues to make you think you know what happened but then here comes another twist. For me that makes a good mystery book. I picked this book up and by the end of the weekend was finished with it. I enjoy this author's writing style and am looking forward to more books by her. 


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  1. This series sounds great!!! I own the first but haven't read it yet...ugh, that to-read pile keeps getting bigger. Great review! Happy Book Birthday!

  2. I want to know more about that oompah band! Sounds like a fun read and just in time for the season.