Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1)
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.

Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1) Details

TitleDeath on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250108630
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1) Review

  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Sloane Krause loves her Bavarian themed hometown - Leavenworth, WA. The town goes all out for authentic atmosphere from German foods to locally brewed beers. There are several breweries in the small town. Sloane has worked for her in-laws' family brewery for years and loves it.....until she catches her husband Mac with his pants down. Literally. Reeling from getting an eyeful of her husband and a young bar maid, she gets a job at a new, rival brewery in town. Her new boss, Garrett Strong, says t Sloane Krause loves her Bavarian themed hometown - Leavenworth, WA. The town goes all out for authentic atmosphere from German foods to locally brewed beers. There are several breweries in the small town. Sloane has worked for her in-laws' family brewery for years and loves it.....until she catches her husband Mac with his pants down. Literally. Reeling from getting an eyeful of her husband and a young bar maid, she gets a job at a new, rival brewery in town. Her new boss, Garrett Strong, says that he always wanted to open his own nano-brewery, and his recipe for a new citrus beer is amazing. Sloane helps him prepare for the grand opening of the Nitro Brewery. Everything is perfect. Their event is a total success. The next morning, however, things take a dangerous turn. Sloane comes in to work and finds a rival brewer dead in Nitro's fermenting vat. It only gets worse when Mac is arrested for the murder. Sloane is really really mad at her husband.....but she knows he isn't a murderer. For the sake of their teenage son and her inlaws, and because she knows Mac isn't guilty, Sloane jumps in to investigate.This book is a great start to a new series, Sloane Krause Mysteries. I liked the brewery theme. The book contains many details about brewing, different types of beer, and the ingredients required for a quality beer. Although there are lots of details about brewing, the background theme didn't overpower the mystery....it added to it. This start to a new series is a cozy with a bit more bite to it....this isn't themed around a cute dog or cat, or knitting, but brewing beer and philandering husbands. Sloane is a tough, intelligent woman.....and cutesie just wouldn't be her style. The book is still a cozy though.....there is no spurting blood and no cursing. Just the implication of a 2/3 naked husband and lots of great beer. :) I liked the fact that the author didn't just include information on making the beer, but also details about regulations and restrictions on breweries and establishments that serve alcohol. I didn't realize some of the restrictions that pubs or breweries have to follow. Very interesting!The mystery moves along at a nice pace. There are some great clues and twists along the way. The ending still caught me by surprise though -- I love it when that happens! I didn't see it coming! :)Sloane is a capable MC, and all the side characters helped support the plot. I liked all the characters....even the cheating husband Mac (although I did want to seriously punch him a couple of times). All in all, a well-written mystery that is enjoyable to read! I learned a lot about beer and gave me a new respect for micro-breweries.Ellie Alexander also writes the Bakeshop Mysteries. For more information on the author and her books, check out her website: http://www.elliealexander.co/ I am definitely going to check out her Bakeshop series while I wait for the next Sloane Krause book. Death on Tap is the best cozy I've read in a long time. Excellent writing and research!**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy from St Martins Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: October 3, 2017 Genre: Cozy MysteryDeath on Tap is the first (right?) book in a brand new cozy mystery series. And you know what? I am really excited about this one because aside from the mystery aspects, these books revolve around beer brewing which is really cool. I can't think of any other cozies that are like this, so it is definitely unique and stands apart from others in the genre. In addition to this, the author is obviously a beer connoisseur because she knows a TON abou Release Date: October 3, 2017 Genre: Cozy MysteryDeath on Tap is the first (right?) book in a brand new cozy mystery series. And you know what? I am really excited about this one because aside from the mystery aspects, these books revolve around beer brewing which is really cool. I can't think of any other cozies that are like this, so it is definitely unique and stands apart from others in the genre. In addition to this, the author is obviously a beer connoisseur because she knows a TON about beer brewing. I feel like I learned a lot about the business side of things and how brewing actually works through this book. Kudos to the author for this because it really adds a unique quality to the story and will certainly keep readers intrigued. Other than this, the book is your run of the mill cozy mystery. It's light on romance and high on trying to figure out "who-dun-it". One of the downsides of this novel is that there wasn't too much mystery surrounding it. Sure, someone is killed in the beer tank and we are left to wonder who did it, but because so much of the story was overpowered by the beer brewing, there weren't many clues for us readers to use in order to figure out the killer. When I read a cozy mystery, I expect to become a partial detective along with the hero/heroine. This simply was not the case here and there was very little sleuthing going on. Instead, it was a slow buildup to the capture. Despite the mystery aspect of the book being a bit nonexistent, I did find myself enjoying the book and I will certainly book looking for the next one when it is released. As I mentioned before, this series stands apart from others based on the content and I would love to see where it goes from here. There is still a lot of character growth that needs to be done, relationships mishaps to overcome or forgive, and much more. Rating: 3.5 stars I received a copy of this novel via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book a lot; if I had not been so tired last night, I would have finished it then. It is easy to read, has fantastic characters and MANY red herrings to keep you guessing. I will be looking forward to more from this author this is the start to a great series!!
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a new series by Ellie Alexander and is centered around the world of Pacific Northwest beer brewing. I really enjoyed the theme as there are not too may series (only one other that I can think of) that involve the world of brewing. Ms. Alexander has created a wonderful set of characters that I think the readers are going to enjoy. They are all well written and have layers and dimension with a genuine feel about them. The location is described perfectly and made me want to tak This is the first in a new series by Ellie Alexander and is centered around the world of Pacific Northwest beer brewing. I really enjoyed the theme as there are not too may series (only one other that I can think of) that involve the world of brewing. Ms. Alexander has created a wonderful set of characters that I think the readers are going to enjoy. They are all well written and have layers and dimension with a genuine feel about them. The location is described perfectly and made me want to take a trip to this town, even thought I am not a beer drinker.The mystery is the reason for my three star rating. For what I am used to from this author, I felt that the mystery was perhaps a bit light in this first book. I was surprised but the killer's identity, but felt that author spent more time with the character introduction/development. I would have liked a bit more on the mystery.A full review will be posted to my blog closer to the release date.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy that was provided to me through Netgalley.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie Alexander has a spectacular new series for us cozy mystery lovers and Death on Tap is a very binge worthy book! If like me you are going to read it on your ereader, make sure it is fully charged before starting as you are not going to want to put it down, and my battery ran out when I was 70% through the book, I was full of anguish waiting for it to recharge. From the first sentence I was sucked into this cozy and page after page falling deeply in love with this new book and what I hope wi Ellie Alexander has a spectacular new series for us cozy mystery lovers and Death on Tap is a very binge worthy book! If like me you are going to read it on your ereader, make sure it is fully charged before starting as you are not going to want to put it down, and my battery ran out when I was 70% through the book, I was full of anguish waiting for it to recharge. From the first sentence I was sucked into this cozy and page after page falling deeply in love with this new book and what I hope will be a hugely successful series. Death on Tap is based on a real place called Leavenworth in Washington State. Earlier this summer my husband and I went there for the first time and the magic I felt walking in this Bavarian Town is perfectly replicated in the book! The town itself , in real live is charming, and a little slice of heaven set in a very picturesque part of Washington State, with architecture that will make you think you have traveled to Europe. This small community is as much for tourists as it is for locals and very dedicated to making your experience in Leavenworth memorable. This same sentiment is felt strongly in this book. Main character Sloan, was completely relatable, a resilient and strong woman in her 40's faced with making choices and dealing with all the trappings of a small town, confidence in herself, her family and a lack of confidence in her husband. I love that she is a master brewer, having a job not typically found in the cozy world and that she is as passionate about her work as she is about family and the town she lives in. This book was so good that I wanted to pack my bags and head back on what for me is a 6 hour drive just to sit in the square and read Death on Tap, get some amazing fudge, pick up more of that cranberry tea I got while I was there and indulge in the the wonderful cuisine and comfort that Leavenworth offers both in person and in how Ellie Alexander shares in Death on Tap. I loved it, I ugly cried in parts and I did not want it to end. The only bad part for me reading this as an advanced reading copy is I have to wait impatiently for Ellie to write the next one, I can not wait to see what happens next and hope that this becomes a very long running series. You must read this if you are a cozy lover, you won't be disappointed! This book comes out October 3rd!
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  • Amanda McGill
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly not as good as Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop mystery series. The selling feature on this novel is that is revolves around a small German like town in America that loves brewing beer. The lead character, Sloan, is a brew master who creates and sells beer! I don't think there is another cozy mystery series out there that revolves around beer. I didn't love Sloan and couldn't connect with her at all. The mystery, like others have mentioned, is a bit on the boring side. It seemed like it was almo Sadly not as good as Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop mystery series. The selling feature on this novel is that is revolves around a small German like town in America that loves brewing beer. The lead character, Sloan, is a brew master who creates and sells beer! I don't think there is another cozy mystery series out there that revolves around beer. I didn't love Sloan and couldn't connect with her at all. The mystery, like others have mentioned, is a bit on the boring side. It seemed like it was almost a side story instead of the main focus. Not sure if I will give this series another chance or just stick with the Bakeshop series. Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin's Press for providing me an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Being from the Pacific Northwest, I know all about the magical town of Leavenworth Washington. Everything Bavarian. It’s like the Northwest version of Germany year round. The beer and the Christmas festival are famous throughout the Pac NW, even here in Oregon.This book is set in this little hidden mini Germany in the mountains of Washington, and it’s the first in a new series so I could hardly say no to something so unique and new.This book sounded unique if nothing else. It’s not eve 3.5 stars Being from the Pacific Northwest, I know all about the magical town of Leavenworth Washington. Everything Bavarian. It’s like the Northwest version of Germany year round. The beer and the Christmas festival are famous throughout the Pac NW, even here in Oregon.This book is set in this little hidden mini Germany in the mountains of Washington, and it’s the first in a new series so I could hardly say no to something so unique and new.This book sounded unique if nothing else. It’s not every day that I read a murder mystery set in a quirky town that not many people have heard of and with a brewery. It sounded promising. Even though it was a cozy, it had a little more on an edge with some of the themes which I liked a lot. It wasn’t your traditional cozy but it wasn’t so ‘racy’ to be deemed something other than a cozy. It was charming and yet enticing all the same.The mystery was a fast read and I found myself intrigued by not only the characters but the setting. Everything about this book worked together to create a unique hybrid of genres.I loved Sloan. There was an edge to her that made he not quite fit in with the other characters or townspeople, but yet she wasn’t a completely odd duck. There were many comical moments in this book and a few times I actually laughed out loud. I love when a murder mystery gives me a little dosing of humor with it.The only complaint that I had about this one was there was a TON of information on beer. I felt like I was getting a crash course in beer and brewing. Which on one hand was informative and interesting but on the other hand, I felt like this isn’t a story about beer, it’s a murder mystery. I think the basics would have been plenty for the average reader. At times I felt like the knowledge and background eclipsed some of the plot points. For a mystery that was so fast and enjoyable, it was frustrating when the beer facts started to take over.I have no idea how the author decided to have a mystery set in Leavenworth, but I thought it worked well in this story. It was different and gave an element of charm to the novel. I personally have never been to Leavenworth but I’ve heard enough about it from family members and friends who have visited at Christmas (multiple times) to understand the culture of the town and this book just highlighted the town in a new way for me. I want to visit it now more than ever.This novel is a great opener to what looks to be a promising new series. I don’t know that I loved every single aspect of the story, such as all the beer references, but I liked it enough to keep reading and am looking forward to see the direction the characters take in the next book!See my full review here
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I was happy to receive an advance copy of DEATH ON TAP, the first book in Ellie Alexander's brand new Sloan Krause Mystery series! All I can say is, oh my, what an opening line… I loved it!! Sloan has a unique voice, a bit edgy at times and is often humorous. Being raised in the foster system has given her the feeling of being an outsider and maybe not quite fitting in. With the collapse of Sloan’s marriage, even though her mother-in-law and father-in-law are the only parents she’s ever had, she I was happy to receive an advance copy of DEATH ON TAP, the first book in Ellie Alexander's brand new Sloan Krause Mystery series! All I can say is, oh my, what an opening line… I loved it!! Sloan has a unique voice, a bit edgy at times and is often humorous. Being raised in the foster system has given her the feeling of being an outsider and maybe not quite fitting in. With the collapse of Sloan’s marriage, even though her mother-in-law and father-in-law are the only parents she’s ever had, she still feels like she doesn’t belong in the family any longer. At times her doubt about her self-worth to the family made me feel emotional and once or twice tears touched my lashes. Sloan is the type of protagonist the reader wants to cheer for. I also liked that she is also a mom to a teenaged son. This gives added dimension to her character along with unique challenges to working full-time and trying to solve a crime.The town of Leavenworth is a quaint Bavarian-themed setting, perfect for the backdrop of murder by drowning in a brew tank. When suspicion falls on both Sloan’s cheating husband and her new boss, she realizes she needs to find some answers that will clear them both. Okay, she may have considered letting her husband take the blame, but for the sake of their son, decided he needed to be proven innocent. The murder mystery is woven around the theme of beer and I enjoyed the bits and pieces provided about the brewing process. I loved some of the very clever names the author provides for the various brews and wish I could sample some of Sloan’s concoctions! DEATH ON TAP is strong on character development and letting the reader get to know the town and area. I think it’s a good set up for future books in the series. There is also a mystery thread pertaining to Sloan’s life before the foster system that I believe will run through the subsequent books and I look forward to reading future books in this series! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Alice Teets
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was my first book by Ellie Alexander, and the first in a new series. I really enjoyed the story and how she developed the characters and the story line. The first line had me laughing as Sloan finds her husband cheating on her with a beer wench, but says she will always remember the sound of the German music as her town, which she calls Beeravia, prepares for Oktoberfest. The story moved I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was my first book by Ellie Alexander, and the first in a new series. I really enjoyed the story and how she developed the characters and the story line. The first line had me laughing as Sloan finds her husband cheating on her with a beer wench, but says she will always remember the sound of the German music as her town, which she calls Beeravia, prepares for Oktoberfest. The story moved along nicely, and I found the mystery interesting. I did guess who the killer was, but not until closer to the end, and I was surprised by the motive. I would definitely read more in this series and would recommend to others who enjoy mysteries. I did like that this main character had faith in the police to do a good job, but was asked by the police to Krupp her ears open for gossip that she (the police) might not hear. This felt much more realistic to real-life.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is a fantastic book that will excite cozy mystery fans.Sloane Krause is a brew master, crafting unique beers for her family's brewery and pub.During an unexpected visit to the brewery on her day off, Sloane interrupts a heart wrenching scene, her husband Mac, having sex with a new barmaid.Feeling devastated and betrayed, Sloane walks out of the brewery, eager to wipe the scene from her brain.Seeking the help of her brother in law, Hans, Sloane finds herself workin Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is a fantastic book that will excite cozy mystery fans.Sloane Krause is a brew master, crafting unique beers for her family's brewery and pub.During an unexpected visit to the brewery on her day off, Sloane interrupts a heart wrenching scene, her husband Mac, having sex with a new barmaid.Feeling devastated and betrayed, Sloane walks out of the brewery, eager to wipe the scene from her brain.Seeking the help of her brother in law, Hans, Sloane finds herself working at a new pub/brewery.When a new hops grower appears in town, it shakes up the other brewers, and heated words are exchanged.When one of the men is found floating in a vat of beer at Sloane's new place of employment, chaos ensues and Sloane can't help but get involved. She just doesn't want answers, she wants her husband not to be the number one suspect.This is a great start to a new series and I enjoyed getting to know all the colorful characters in this story.The story is well written and the words flowed smoothly and the pages turned quickly as I was deep into the plot.This is certainly a great book added to the cozy mystery genre.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Lin
    January 1, 1970
    Sloan Krause felt her life was perfect and just as she wished. As a child in the system, her one wish was to have a family. Sloan and Mac Krause have been married for 15 years and have a very “grown” up son, Alex. However in a blink of the eye, Sloan’s life changes. A life Sloan had known with the Krause’s was very precious to her and she wasn’t ready to toss it away.For Sloan’s own well-being she quit working with the Krause’s at “Das Keller” and began working with an up and coming nanobrewer f Sloan Krause felt her life was perfect and just as she wished. As a child in the system, her one wish was to have a family. Sloan and Mac Krause have been married for 15 years and have a very “grown” up son, Alex. However in a blink of the eye, Sloan’s life changes. A life Sloan had known with the Krause’s was very precious to her and she wasn’t ready to toss it away.For Sloan’s own well-being she quit working with the Krause’s at “Das Keller” and began working with an up and coming nanobrewer from Seattle; Garrett Strong. Garrett came high recommended by Sloan’s brother-in-law Hans. Sloan has far more experience setting up a thriving business in the beer industry than Garrett does and so the newfound experience begins. The day after the “soft” opening, a man is found dead in the most unusual location. Will this be end of Garrett’s nanobrewery and Sloan’s new job?I have read two other series’ by Ellie Alexander and found this one to be equally interesting. One factor of the author’s writing style is the way she describes locations and the importance of each shop or person. You instantly develop a map of the village and its quirky inhabitants!
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is the first in a new series, Sloan Krause Mystery, by Ms. Alexander and was an interesting book to read.Sloan Krause is a surprising woman who grew up in the foster care system so learned at an early age to be independent and not open herself up to anyone. She lucked out when she met the Krause family at a farmers' market, met their oldest son and eventually became part of the family when they married. Sloan believed that she had everything she ever wanted, a fam Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is the first in a new series, Sloan Krause Mystery, by Ms. Alexander and was an interesting book to read.Sloan Krause is a surprising woman who grew up in the foster care system so learned at an early age to be independent and not open herself up to anyone. She lucked out when she met the Krause family at a farmers' market, met their oldest son and eventually became part of the family when they married. Sloan believed that she had everything she ever wanted, a family, and was content. Then she caught her husband with a "beer wench" and her life began to spiral out of control. Then of course there was a murder. I liked Sloane because she is smart, determined, a master brewmaster that is a rank very few women achieve, and capable of handling a brew pub operation from start to finish. However, I fear Ms. Alexander is setting up a "romance triangle" as this series continues Although the plot is smoothly paced most of this book was to introduce the characters, the town of Leavenworth, WA and beer brewing. I applaud Ms. Alexander for her attention to detail and her indepth research as I learned so much about beer brewing; and she did it in a way that was easily understandable to even a light drinker like myself. The murder mystery was almost secondary to the rest of the story and was resolved quickly after much family and personal drama within the Krause family. Definitely an easy read for an afternoon.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    **I voluntarily read this ARC**The mystery was great, but there was too much information on beer and not enough plot. It caused the pacing of the book to drag in parts, and I found myself wanting to skip parts to get back to the mystery. I did love the setting. It sounds like a fun and quirky town.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Great read! Review coming.
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.I should have known that if the murder did not happen in the first twenty five percent of the book, that this was not a “who-done-it” and that the body floating in the fermenter was only an incidental part of the bigger picture. Leavenworth, Washington is a Pacific Northwest destination town centered on beer with its Bavarian architecture and Oktoberfest banners. Sloan Krause and her husband Mac are My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.I should have known that if the murder did not happen in the first twenty five percent of the book, that this was not a “who-done-it” and that the body floating in the fermenter was only an incidental part of the bigger picture. Leavenworth, Washington is a Pacific Northwest destination town centered on beer with its Bavarian architecture and Oktoberfest banners. Sloan Krause and her husband Mac are brew masters for his family’s business Das Keller. All that came to a crashing halt when Sloan finds her husband in a compromising position with a barmaid and she wastes no time in heading off to the newest nanobrewery in town - Nitro.All would have been fine and dandy if it was not for the body that they found floating in the tank at Nitro and fingers being pointed at Mac since he has a bit of a temper and a business on a downhill slide. Sloan wants to clear his name, if not for him, but for his aging parents that have been disappointed by Mac’s most recent antics and bad business deals. This is where the book takes off in all sorts of directions and the idea of this being called a mystery left completely in the dust. This is a book about family, about beer and hops, about coming to terms with life in foster care and how people can take you in and make you one of their own. Plus, a murder that needed to be tied up since it was mention earlier in the book. This is the first book in the Sloan Krause Mystery series that comes across as flat. The ending offers some interest in the next planned book, but as of now, I do not see myself waiting for its arrival.
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    Death on Tap is a good start to a new cozy series. I loved the Leavenworth, WA setting, as that is somewhere that I've wanted to visit. I want to even more so after reading this book!The story is centered on the brewing world. Sloan works in her in-laws brewery, and there she finds her husband in flagrant delicto with a barmaid. She kicks him out and takes a job in a new brewery in town, but a body is soon discovered in a tank there. Sloan is soon caught up in the investigation.Sloan was a great Death on Tap is a good start to a new cozy series. I loved the Leavenworth, WA setting, as that is somewhere that I've wanted to visit. I want to even more so after reading this book!The story is centered on the brewing world. Sloan works in her in-laws brewery, and there she finds her husband in flagrant delicto with a barmaid. She kicks him out and takes a job in a new brewery in town, but a body is soon discovered in a tank there. Sloan is soon caught up in the investigation.Sloan was a great character, and as were the members of her husband's family and the owner of the new brewery in town. Her estranged husband was less likable. This is a series that shows great promise, based on this first book!
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars: A nice cozy mystery perfect for beer connoisseurs, but it was easy to figure out the culprit. The day Sloan catches her husband in a compromising position with the bar maid, is the day she decides it’s time to get a new job. Thanks to her brother in law, Hans, Sloan quickly lands a job helping start up brewer, Garrett Strong, launch his beer and pub. Garrett is in way over his head, but luckily, Sloan comes to the rescue. The opening is a smash, but then things quickly so Three and a half stars: A nice cozy mystery perfect for beer connoisseurs, but it was easy to figure out the culprit. The day Sloan catches her husband in a compromising position with the bar maid, is the day she decides it’s time to get a new job. Thanks to her brother in law, Hans, Sloan quickly lands a job helping start up brewer, Garrett Strong, launch his beer and pub. Garrett is in way over his head, but luckily, Sloan comes to the rescue. The opening is a smash, but then things quickly sour when Sloan discovers the body of one of the brewers in the beer tank. Who would murder a fellow brewer and why? What I Liked:*Death on Tap is the perfect read for anyone who truly appreciates beer. This book is all about brewing craft beer. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have learned a thing or two about beer, and so this was a fantastic read for me. I loved the author’s attention to detail when it comes to all things beer and food. If you are a beer drinker, this is a fun one to check out.*With any cozy mystery, you need a terrific setting. This one delivers with Leavenworth, Washington. Leavenworth is a real life Bavarian town set in the Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. The story is about all things German, especially the beer and food. I soaked up the setting, and I now want to visit myself.*The overall mystery was well done, even though I had the culprit pegged early on. The author provided plenty of red herrings, lots of motives and potential suspects. So even though I was quite sure who committed the murder, I still found myself second guessing. *I liked that this one had some interesting side stories so it wasn’t all about the beer and the murder. Sloan is forced to face her past, explore her relationship with Mac, her estranged husband, and she learns a thing or two about friends and family. There was an intriguing hint at the end of the book regarding Sloan’s heritage, which I will be eager to follow up on. *I enjoyed some of the secondary characters. The Krause family, Otto, Ursula and Hans were delightful. I was especially charmed by Otto and Ursula the kindly, elderly German owners and brewers of Das Keller Brewery. Both of them were sweet, generous and adorable. Hans was wonderful as well. I loved how he stepped up and helped Sloan. Garrett was interesting, and I found myself liking his laid back approach to life, even though he kept me guessing. I have to admit that I spent the majority of the book not liking Mac, but at the end, he impressed me, and I am hopeful that I will like him. *The ending was well done. The case wrapped up neatly and everything was explained. And the Not So Much:*I found myself not liking the majority of the characters. Aside from Sloan, Garret and the Krause family, I didn’t like anyone else in town. Most of the townsfolk that were introduced were rather unsavory from April the town busybody to Eddie and Bruin the brewers and Van the hops guy. One thing I usually love about cozy mysteries is the setting and the warm characters. This one needed more friendly characters. *The author gave too much away early on and it was easy to pick out the murderer. Some of the ploys that were used to throw the reader off the trail of the culprit didn’t exactly come across as realistic when all was exposed. *This is a personal niggle, but I really wanted some recipes. I wish there were recipes for Sloan’s comfort soup, IPA Citrus Cupcakes and Stout brownies. All the yummy food described in the story made my mouth water. Death on Tap was a fun cozy mystery perfect for beer lovers. I loved the author’s attention to detail when it comes to beer. She truly did her research. The setting was fantastic, and the food descriptions were scrumptious. The only drawbacks were that this book had too many unsavory characters and it was rather easy to pick out the murder early on. Still this was an entertaining read, perfect for when you want a lighter mystery. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Summary from Goodreads:"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 Summary from Goodreads:"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."My Thoughts:It's official: I love everything that Ellie Alexander writes and this beginning to a new series was no exception! She just has this knack of creating small towns that I want to spend time in and books that I can't get enough of. I am by no means a beer expert (or huge beer drinker for that matter) so this is totally not something that I would have thought that I was interested in. And yet I was totally caught up with all of it. The descriptions of crafting different types of beer, the foods that Sloan created to pair with it....I just couldn't get enough! It is funny but with so many of my favorite cozy series I care less about the mysteries and more about the characters in the books. Even though this is just the beginning to this new series, I already felt the same way. I can tell already that this is a cozy series that I will be following very closely and am already left wishing that I had my hands on the next book!In this book, Sloan finds herself dealing with more than she could have possibly expected. She finds out that her husband has been unfaithful to her very early on in the book. Add to that the discovery of a body at her new workplace and you've got quite the combination. I found myself flying through the pages of this book (well through the pages on my e-reader). I loved every minute of it! This author just writes in such a way that I find myself completely wrapped up in the stories that she creates. I can't stop reading and wouldn't want to even if I could! I didn't care for Sloan's husband at all so I'm curious to see how their relationship or lack thereof will play out in future books. I loved the way that this book ended and also set up the beginning for book two. It has me pretty pumped up about this series. Ellie Alexander is hands down one of my favorite mystery authors and this new book has cemented that fact. I'm pretty sure that it is obvious by now how much I enjoyed this book. Cozy readers that haven't tried Alexander's books yet are definitely missing out! I'm super excited about this series already and we are only on book one. If you are worried that you will miss out on the delicious food descriptions that she shares in the Bakeshop series, no worries. I felt just as hungry while reading this book as I usually do with all of her other books. The only difference is now I have the strong urge to try out a beer cupcake! I would highly recommend this book to cozy mystery fans! It was a delight to read and I cannot wait for more! Bottom Line: A new favorite cozy series for me to follow! I loved every minute while reading it!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is the first book in A Sloan Krause Mystery series. Sloan Krause is working on a new brew and quickly runs to her office at Das Keller to get her notes. She opens the door to discover her husband, Mac playing hide the sausage with Hayley, the new barmaid. Three weeks later, Sloan is ready to start her new job at Nitro, a new nanobrewery in Leavenworth, Washington (a Bavarian themed town). Garrett Strong inherited the building from his great aunt Tess and has compl Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is the first book in A Sloan Krause Mystery series. Sloan Krause is working on a new brew and quickly runs to her office at Das Keller to get her notes. She opens the door to discover her husband, Mac playing hide the sausage with Hayley, the new barmaid. Three weeks later, Sloan is ready to start her new job at Nitro, a new nanobrewery in Leavenworth, Washington (a Bavarian themed town). Garrett Strong inherited the building from his great aunt Tess and has completely renovated the inside (looks like a sterile science lab). The morning after the soft opening, Sloan goes to toss some hops into the fermenting tank and discovers Eddie Deluga face up in the Pucker Up IPA brew. Mac ends up at the top of Chief Meyers suspect list. Mac may be a cheater, but he is no killer. To clear Mac of suspicion, Sloan sets out to discover who could have wanted to harm Eddie. Death on Tap is unique in that it dives into the world of beer brewing. I have not experienced another cozy mystery with this theme (unique). It is obvious that the author did her research into the topic. We get to learn a great deal about what goes into creating, distributing and selling beer. The mystery did not take place until I was 24% of the way into the story. By the time Sloan found the body, I already knew who committed the crime. The mystery takes up a small portion of the story. More of the book is devoted to beer brewing, regulations, etc. I admit that it is interesting (even though I do not drink the stuff), but I would have liked a better mystery. I like the sound of the Bavarian town of Leavenworth (loved the descriptions of the town and buildings). It reminds me of German Village (in Columbus, Ohio) where I grew up. It had me longing for a real German bratwurst (not the type you find in your local grocery). My rating for Death on Tap is 3 out of 5 stars. I found it odd that Garrett Strong is having the soft launch of Nitro without any staff (except Sloan), no planned menu, no remodeled kitchen, no furniture or décor (Sloan mentions having to find tables and chairs), and a limited beer menu. For a man with a business/corporate background, it shows a distinct lack of planning. I was not a fan of Mac Krause and his constant use of the word “baby” when talking to Sloane (big pet peeve of mine). The pacing was slow in places causing me to lose interest (more about beer). I know that the author needs to set the stage for readers, but I do not believe we needed quite so much detail (it seemed like Ms. Alexander wanted to put in everything she learned while researching the topic). Many details are repeated frequently throughout the story (hops, Sloan’s lack of family growing up, description of Sloan’s farmhouse, etc.). It will be interesting to see what direction the author takes with the next book in the series (I hope a divorce is in the works for Sloan).
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Sloan Krouse is having a bad day. After walking in on her husband Mac in the office with one of the young servers from the brewery/restaurant where they work, she knows that in one stupid move on his part, she has lost not just her marriage but her career. Das Keller ("The Cellar"), where she had worked with Mac through 15 years of marriage is the vision of her father-in-law Otto. Although their town of Leavenworth, Washington is filled with all things beer ("Beervaria," Sloan calls it), it's Ot Sloan Krouse is having a bad day. After walking in on her husband Mac in the office with one of the young servers from the brewery/restaurant where they work, she knows that in one stupid move on his part, she has lost not just her marriage but her career. Das Keller ("The Cellar"), where she had worked with Mac through 15 years of marriage is the vision of her father-in-law Otto. Although their town of Leavenworth, Washington is filled with all things beer ("Beervaria," Sloan calls it), it's Otto and Ursula's brewing that originally put the town on the map. Now they have a world-class offering of beers, and while Sloan has become a remarkable brewmaster during her years working at Das Keller, she knows that now she has to move on. With the strong recommendation of her brother-in-law Hans, Sloan takes a job with the hottest new brewery in town, Nitro. Owner Garrett Strong is a newby in town, but his aunt had run a successful restaurant for decades. After her death, Garrett remodeled the space and set up his new brewery with the updated idea of beer brewing being a science. He keeps his exacting recipes locked in his office, which resembles a science lab as much as it does an office. Sloan shows up just in time to help Garrett with his soft launch, and it's good that she's there to help since most of the town shows up to try his new brews. Gossip abounds and tempers flare, especially once the alcohol starts flowing, and Sloan has to intervene to make sure that no one gets hurt. A break-in to the office and a theft of Garrett's recipes shows that not everyone is okay with a little competition. But it's not until another local brewmaster is found floating in one of the beer tanks tat Sloan realizes what's going on may be more than a bruised heart or a broken ego. For many years now, there have been cozy mysteries on bakeries, wineries, and coffee shops. There are mystery series about apple orchards, pickles, doughnuts, cheese and just about every aspect of artisan foods you can think of. But beer has been late to the party. I have been sitting back, waiting for someone to finally write me a solid mystery about a brewmaster, and Ellie Alexander has come to my rescue! Death on Tap is the mystery novel I have been waiting for, and I can't be happier that it's here! Death on Tap combines a charming town, likable characters, and a fascinating topic with a solidly plotted murder mystery. And be prepared--there is a lot of beer talk on these pages! Brewing styles, ingredients, history--it's all here, and I think it's all fascinating. I love this book, and I recommend it to all of my beer-drinking, mystery-reading friends! Galleys for Death on Tap were provided by Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Press) through NetGalley.com, with many thanks. 
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  • DelAnne Frazee
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Death On Tap - Sloan Krause Mystery Book 1Author: Ellie AlexanderPublisher: Minotaur BooksPublished: 10-3-2017Pages: 320Genre: Mystery & ThrillersSub-Genre: Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Suspense, Women SleuthsISBN: 9781259108630ASIN: B06XKG2RFRReviewed For Minotaur BooksReviewer: DelAnneRating: 4.5 StarsSloan Krause kicks her husband out of her life, and rightfully so, after finding him in a hard to misunderstand position with the barmaid. To break away completely she goes to work fo Title: Death On Tap - Sloan Krause Mystery Book 1Author: Ellie AlexanderPublisher: Minotaur BooksPublished: 10-3-2017Pages: 320Genre: Mystery & ThrillersSub-Genre: Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Suspense, Women SleuthsISBN: 9781259108630ASIN: B06XKG2RFRReviewed For Minotaur BooksReviewer: DelAnneRating: 4.5 StarsSloan Krause kicks her husband out of her life, and rightfully so, after finding him in a hard to misunderstand position with the barmaid. To break away completely she goes to work for the new star of Nano brewing Garrett Strong at Nitro. When she finds a competitor dead in one of the vats clutching the secret recipe for Strong's newest creation life is not looking so bright any more. Especially when Mac, her ex, is arrested for the murder. Knowing that although he is a liar and a cheat, Mac is not a murderer, Sloan gets busy to prove him innocent. Told with a touch of humor and peppered with suspense, "Death on Tap is a great start to Ellie Alexander's new series.Ellie Alexander begins a new cozy series with Sloan Krause and the world of Nano-breweries. Not a subject I have come across in cozy mysteries before, but I know Alexander's work is centered around building her character base with those that are realistic and likeable. She always throws in one or two to focus your dislike on while leading you away from the real culprit. She does no less in her new series. You work to find the killer before the final reveal. I look forward to seeing where this series will go next and learning more of thisstrong willed woman, Sloan.My rating of "Death On Tap - Sloan Krause Mystery Book 1" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XKG2RFR/...B&N Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deat...Books-A-Million Link: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Death-...Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/books/d...Indigo Link: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/...Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/deat...GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... The Reading Room Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop mysteries, capitalizes on the popularity of microbreweries with the first in an entertaining new series, Death on Tap. The pairing of beer and food in an atmospheric setting should prove popular with cozy mystery readers.Sloan Krause grew up in foster homes and never knew her family, so when she married Mac Krause, she found a family with his parents and brother, and a job at the Krause family brewery, Das Keller. But, the day she walked in when Mac was sc Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop mysteries, capitalizes on the popularity of microbreweries with the first in an entertaining new series, Death on Tap. The pairing of beer and food in an atmospheric setting should prove popular with cozy mystery readers.Sloan Krause grew up in foster homes and never knew her family, so when she married Mac Krause, she found a family with his parents and brother, and a job at the Krause family brewery, Das Keller. But, the day she walked in when Mac was screwing the new barmaid threatened to destroy her connections to his family. She kicked Mac out, and left the business, finding a job at Nitro, a new microbrewery and taproom in town. Leavenworth, Washington, a town with a German atmosphere, always welcomes new breweries. And, Garrett Strong, the owner of Nitro, welcomes Sloan with her expertise in craft beers and food preparation. Despite her worries about her son and her relationship with Mac, Sloan loves the challenge at Nitro. But, the night after their soft launch, she finds the body of another brewer in the tank. With his lighter and fingerprints at the scene, along with the entire town's awareness of their marriage problems, Mac tops the list of suspects.Sloan may know Mac is a cheater, but she also knows he's not a killer. But, when the police chief asks her a few questions about Garrett, she realizes she doesn't know much about her new boss. Even so, she's determined to ask a few questions around town. After she's chased by a motorcyclist, and a black car is parked outside her house, though, Sloan has to question whether she's putting herself and her teenage son in danger.I'm going to admit my eyes glazed over when there was too much discussion of beer and brewing since I don't even like beer. But, I liked Sloan Krause and most of the Krause family. Death on Tap is a fun mystery with a good supporting cast, including an adversary who is a little over-the-top. Just the perfect ingredients for a cozy mystery.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    The newest series by Ellie Alexander is as fun and entertaining as the quaint town and pubs it is set in.Sloan Krause has everything she has ever wanted with the family she married into. Growing up an orphan didn’t leave her many people to count on and she has grown to love and depend on her husband and his family. Everything changes the day she walks in on her husband having an affair. She leaves him and inevitably leaves the family brewing business. It doesn’t take long for her to get connecte The newest series by Ellie Alexander is as fun and entertaining as the quaint town and pubs it is set in.Sloan Krause has everything she has ever wanted with the family she married into. Growing up an orphan didn’t leave her many people to count on and she has grown to love and depend on her husband and his family. Everything changes the day she walks in on her husband having an affair. She leaves him and inevitably leaves the family brewing business. It doesn’t take long for her to get connected to the newest brewery owner in town, Garrett Strong. As Garrett and Sloane get in a rhythm of working together, things get interesting when a body is found in one of the fermenting tubs. Her husband is the lead suspect and when she finds herself being followed, she wonders if there was more going on under the surface than she ever knew. As the first book in the newest series by Ellie Alexander, readers can expect to find all the fun, humor and mystery they have come to love from Alexander and her series. I love the way Alexander weaves the mystery together with humor making the story light and fun. There is nothing particularly difficult to figure out with the mystery of who the killer was or any of the secondary mysteries throughout the story. With that said, it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story. These are not supposed to be, at least in my opinion, edge of your seat, who done it mysteries that leave you guessing till the very end. Garrett and Sloane develop a good relationship but Garrett himself needed a little further development. Even though a lot of details are repeated and can be glanced over, the story itself is fun and an enjoyable read. I recommend this to readers that are a little older and might enjoy the brewing scene along with the fun humor of a cozy mystery.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything Ellie Alexander writes. Her Bakeshop Mystery Series is one of my favorites. So when I heard she had a new series coming out, I couldn’t wait to dive in!Death on Tap is the first book in the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Sloan is at a crossroads after finding a dead body at the brewery she just started working for. And worse, her estranged husband is the prime suspect. Can she clear his name and bring the true killer to justice?Just like a good beer, you’ll want to savor this one I love everything Ellie Alexander writes. Her Bakeshop Mystery Series is one of my favorites. So when I heard she had a new series coming out, I couldn’t wait to dive in!Death on Tap is the first book in the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Sloan is at a crossroads after finding a dead body at the brewery she just started working for. And worse, her estranged husband is the prime suspect. Can she clear his name and bring the true killer to justice?Just like a good beer, you’ll want to savor this one because it will be gone all too fast. Here are my top reasons to read this book.A Great ProtagonistI love that Sloan is a little more mature than some protagonists. She is at a crossroads in life, which is a topic that makes her easy to identify with. She also has a teenage son, who adds a fun element to her personality and the story overall.Family FirstSloan was a product of the foster care system and this makes her fiercely loyal to the only family she’s even known – the one she married into. No matter what her feelings towards her husband may be at the moment (you’ll have to read to see what trouble he gets himself into), family is family and you stick together no matter what.Food & BeerEllie is the only author whose books sit next to my cookbooks in the kitchen because I make certain recipes from them on a regular basis. Her chocolate molasses cookies from Caught Bread Handed are the best and get compliments every time! In Death on Tap, Ellie infuses beer into her mouth watering recipes. She does it in such creative ways my mouth was watering throughout the entire book!So Raise Your GlassAnd join me in toasting Ellie Alexander on a great new series. This book had me hooked and I can’t wait to see where Sloan’s adventures take her next.https://cozyexperience.com/raise-glas...
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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 yo 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.Full Review: Writing Pearls
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Ellie Alexander about Sloan, a brewer who works in a brewery owned by her in-laws. Since her husband has taken up with an employee ('the beer wench') and she needs some space to work out her future, she takes a job with a new-to-town brewer. When a rival brewer is found in one of their brewtanks and her husband is a suspect, Sloan decides to see if she can clear his name.The main character is also in a crossover standalone story in the other seri This is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Ellie Alexander about Sloan, a brewer who works in a brewery owned by her in-laws. Since her husband has taken up with an employee ('the beer wench') and she needs some space to work out her future, she takes a job with a new-to-town brewer. When a rival brewer is found in one of their brewtanks and her husband is a suspect, Sloan decides to see if she can clear his name.The main character is also in a crossover standalone story in the other series by this author (Bakeshop mysteries) called Trouble Is Brewing: A Bakeshop Mini-Mystery. I really enjoyed the pacing of this mystery, though the actual murder and 'whodunnit' seemed almost incidental to the plot and character development. I was surprised by the denouement and expected a few more twists, but the writing is very solid and I look forward to the next in the series.Either the author is a brewer herself or this book is extremely well researched. I found the background and brewing information really interesting. She's serious about her beer!Three and a half starsDisclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Death on Tap is the first Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander. I have read the Bakeshop Mysteries by this author, Ellie Alexander, and have enjoyed all of them. This is the first book featuring Sloan Krause, who lives in Leavenworth, Washington and brews beer.Leavenworth, Washington is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery series. I usually visit Leavenworth once a year and found that the author Alexander portrayed it perfectly. Leavenworth is a Bavarian theme town set in the Cascade Mount Death on Tap is the first Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander. I have read the Bakeshop Mysteries by this author, Ellie Alexander, and have enjoyed all of them. This is the first book featuring Sloan Krause, who lives in Leavenworth, Washington and brews beer.Leavenworth, Washington is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery series. I usually visit Leavenworth once a year and found that the author Alexander portrayed it perfectly. Leavenworth is a Bavarian theme town set in the Cascade Mountains. It really does look like a Bavarian village. Even the McDonalds and Safeway have Bavarian themes. It is filled with shops aimed at tourists, great restaurants and craft breweries and many hotels. It is a great weekend destination. They have many festivals there so like I said, a perfect setting.I like Sloan Krause our main character. She has just kicked her husband to the curb after she caught him cheating. But could he be a murderer? Sloan doesn't think so. She was the one who found the dead man at her employer's craft brewery, Nitro. Nitro's owner has developed a new citrus infused beer that everyone seems to want the recipe for.Great debut! Highly recommend this new series! Death on Tap is a must read!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I always ding Alexander's other series (A Bakeshop Mysteries) because they're so light on the mystery aspect so I wanted to give this one a try and see if it had more mystery elements. Well, a tiny bit more. At least Sloan participates in the sleuthing unlike one of the other books.There's a whole lot of beer brewing talk, more than I ever wanted to experience. However, if Sloan was such a good brew master, why did she always seem to be baking (shades of Jules in the Bakeshop series)? I also was I always ding Alexander's other series (A Bakeshop Mysteries) because they're so light on the mystery aspect so I wanted to give this one a try and see if it had more mystery elements. Well, a tiny bit more. At least Sloan participates in the sleuthing unlike one of the other books.There's a whole lot of beer brewing talk, more than I ever wanted to experience. However, if Sloan was such a good brew master, why did she always seem to be baking (shades of Jules in the Bakeshop series)? I also wasn't thrilled that there may be a potential love triangle as in the other series with the female lead not 100% free and another guy possibly interested. Regarding the mystery, I felt that what comes to light at the end was a bit implausible (or really dumb on the part of the police). The very end either sets up the next book or an element that may run through the series for a while until it's resolved. I'm curious to see how it unravels, but not sure I want to invest more time in what may be a very light mystery series.I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Homerun2
    January 1, 1970
    Promising series debut centered on a female brewer in a microbrew intensive Pacific Northwest small town. The book opens with Sloan walking in on her husband cheating on her with a young "beer wench." She and her husband both work in his family's brewery and restaurant, so their splitup is complicated. Sloan finds a job as a brewer with another startup operation but almost immediately they are beset with problems -- the biggest of which is a body floating around in a beer vat.Sloan is a very app Promising series debut centered on a female brewer in a microbrew intensive Pacific Northwest small town. The book opens with Sloan walking in on her husband cheating on her with a young "beer wench." She and her husband both work in his family's brewery and restaurant, so their splitup is complicated. Sloan finds a job as a brewer with another startup operation but almost immediately they are beset with problems -- the biggest of which is a body floating around in a beer vat.Sloan is a very appealing character -- a product of the foster care system who vows to do better as a parent than what she experienced. The small town is close knit and Sloan's soon to be ex-inlaws are truly her real family. Lots of interesting details about the craft brew industry and well-drawn portraits of her friends and neighbors. The author is an experienced mystery writer and the narrative pace and writing quality are very good.I received an ARC via Net Galley in return for my honest review.
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  • Sunsettowers
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.Sloan feels shattered after catching her husband with another woman. Working hard to pick up the pieces, she finds work at the new brewery in town, only to find a dead body in the fermenting tub. When her husband is accused, and her new work place threatened, Sloan is determined to solve the mystery.Sloan is a great character-she's strong, smart, and I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.Sloan feels shattered after catching her husband with another woman. Working hard to pick up the pieces, she finds work at the new brewery in town, only to find a dead body in the fermenting tub. When her husband is accused, and her new work place threatened, Sloan is determined to solve the mystery.Sloan is a great character-she's strong, smart, and really good at brewing. I really liked her relationships with her son, her in-laws, and her new boss.The mystery was an intriguing one as well. There were a lot of interesting suspects, and a lot of twists and turns. The way the brewing process was integrated and explained really added to the story.The ending seemed a little rushed. The solution to the mystery made sense, and was intriguing, but I wanted a little more time spent on it.I'm excited for this new series-Sloan is a character I look forward to following in more mysteries to come.
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