A Room With a Brew (Brewing Trouble, #3)
Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.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-fiancee shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she'll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max.

A Room With a Brew (Brewing Trouble, #3) Details

TitleA Room With a Brew (Brewing Trouble, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139780425277713
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

A Room With a Brew (Brewing Trouble, #3) Review

  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsI get so excited every time Joyce Tremel releases a new book!Readers arrive in town just as the Allegheny Brew House is getting ready for Oktoberfest complete with an “oompah” band. But when one of the group is murdered and her friend Candy is hiding something. Max can’t help herself from doing some investigating on her own.Max and Jake are such a great couple. She knows beer and he knows food. They are both strong and independent and devoted to each other. Especially when Jak Dollycas’s ThoughtsI get so excited every time Joyce Tremel releases a new book!Readers arrive in town just as the Allegheny Brew House is getting ready for Oktoberfest complete with an “oompah” band. But when one of the group is murdered and her friend Candy is hiding something. Max can’t help herself from doing some investigating on her own.Max and Jake are such a great couple. She knows beer and he knows food. They are both strong and independent and devoted to each other. Especially when Jake’s ex comes to town, we see he only has eyes for Max no matter how hard Victoria tries to drag him away.The mystery this time was very complex. There are several twists to untangle as connections are discovered among many of the suspects. Some come from the past, things Max had no idea about, and those involved hesitate to let her in on the whole story.Living in Wisconsin we have our share of German descendants, including me. I absolutely loved that every recipe included in the back of the book and mentioned in the story are for foods that graced out table growing up and many still do today. The pretzel salad is one of my faves! Max may be from a big Irish family but the girl knows how to celebrate Oktoberfest even if she has to catch a killer first.I love these characters. I love the mystery. And love everything about the Brew Pub theme. Ms. Tremel has created a great cozy series. I just wish the place was real because I would love to actually visit 🙂Each story can be read on its own but I recommend you read them all for maximum enjoyment.
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  • Stephen Collins
    January 1, 1970
    American public houses are not like in the UK we sit at tables or outside in the sun but they stand at the bar or sit on wooden stools no dart boards or skittles no card games & no famous lock-ins. There beer is slop water that cooled served in jugs the sort sloop we would wash are hair in .Not real beer that's dark rich warm & strong.This set in Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh a German style festival brewery owner Max O'Hara is busy making her beer but she organising the celebrations & hi American public houses are not like in the UK we sit at tables or outside in the sun but they stand at the bar or sit on wooden stools no dart boards or skittles no card games & no famous lock-ins. There beer is slop water that cooled served in jugs the sort sloop we would wash are hair in .Not real beer that's dark rich warm & strong.This set in Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh a German style festival brewery owner Max O'Hara is busy making her beer but she organising the celebrations & hires a Oompah band but then one of them is murder. For me two big problems I keep thinking of Fletch's National European Vacation with the 14 y son Rusty at the German beer Oktoberfest when see's boobs & the naughty school boy rhyme Oompah Oompah stick it up ay jumper Oompah Oompah dumtity dumtity dum dum (end with fart raspberry) I though this was bit of a wet flannel until I got past page 80 first I was delighted that the person who got murder did because the name ----- was name of some sod who in 2007 smashed my house up & got sent down 4 ys . This not just murder book it's CIA spy ring from KGB in 1960s very interesting plot that pulls but not saying who as it will spoil it.
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  • Lisa Ks Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been tipsy with anticipation waiting for the release of this third installment of the Brewing Trouble Mysteries.After I stayed up all night reading A ROOM WITH A BREW, I woke with a severe readers’ hangover. It was worth every minute of it! Author Tremel focused this third book in her series around Oktoberfest. Protagonist Maxine “Max” O’Hara expects to be busy in her brew pub, and she is, but she didn’t expect to be busy in a murder investigation. But it would be out of character for Max n I’ve been tipsy with anticipation waiting for the release of this third installment of the Brewing Trouble Mysteries.After I stayed up all night reading A ROOM WITH A BREW, I woke with a severe readers’ hangover. It was worth every minute of it! Author Tremel focused this third book in her series around Oktoberfest. Protagonist Maxine “Max” O’Hara expects to be busy in her brew pub, and she is, but she didn’t expect to be busy in a murder investigation. But it would be out of character for Max not to search out the why, and who in this cleverly written whodunit.A ROOM WITH A BREW was an exciting mystery filled with more twists and turns than there are bubbles in the suds of a head of beer. Author Joyce Tremel kept the mystery going, and had me guessing all through the book. Just when I was feeling proud of myself thinking I had figured it out, sobered me up with a reveal I didn’t see coming!A fantastic mystery, fun and interesting characters, quick and yummy recipes, plus the added bonus of getting an education in beer, A ROOM WITH A BREW has everything you could want from a cozy mystery. Don’t brew on it for long. Hops yourself out and pick up a copy of your own. You’ll be drunk with happiness that you did.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Max O’Hara is getting ready for an Oktoberfest celebration in her brewpub, and part of that is going to listen to the band she’s hired. The evening ends on a weird note when a member of the band claims to recognize one of Max’s friends, something the friend denies. Then a member of the band wants to meet with Max, and a dead body turns up. Can Max figure out what is happening?This book starts strong and never lets up. I couldn’t put it down, and raced through it, enjoying the twists and turns al Max O’Hara is getting ready for an Oktoberfest celebration in her brewpub, and part of that is going to listen to the band she’s hired. The evening ends on a weird note when a member of the band claims to recognize one of Max’s friends, something the friend denies. Then a member of the band wants to meet with Max, and a dead body turns up. Can Max figure out what is happening?This book starts strong and never lets up. I couldn’t put it down, and raced through it, enjoying the twists and turns along the way. I love the characters we’ve met in this series, and they are in top form here. That includes Max’s large family and her relationship with her boyfriend. The new characters are just as fun. This book does spoil quite a bit of the first in the series, so start there. You won’t be sorry since all three books in this series are great.NOTE: I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    received A Room with A Brew on Monday afternoon and quickly settled into read book three of the Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel. This is a cozy mystery series based in Pittsburgh and it centers around main character Max who is the 6th child and only girl in an Irish Catholic family, and she just happens to be a brewpub owner and craft beer maker. In book three her relationship with her new boyfriend and long term crush heats up when his ex-fiancee comes into town.With the Oktoberfest fe received A Room with A Brew on Monday afternoon and quickly settled into read book three of the Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel. This is a cozy mystery series based in Pittsburgh and it centers around main character Max who is the 6th child and only girl in an Irish Catholic family, and she just happens to be a brewpub owner and craft beer maker. In book three her relationship with her new boyfriend and long term crush heats up when his ex-fiancee comes into town.With the Oktoberfest festivities about to begin at the brew house, Max hires a oompah band, after hearing them play and a chance encounter with one of the band members and Max's friend Candy, Max finds herself wrapped up in a complicated mystery, not what she needs at this busy time of year but not something she can give up on either. Fierce and loyal and to curious for her own good Max finds herself in a heap of trouble, but boy is it ever a fun read!This one is out Tuesday October 3rd and is published by Berkley.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    It’s time for another visit to Pittsburgh and Maxine “Max” O’Hara’s Allegheny Brew House. Max and her staff are getting ready for Oktoberfest. She hires the perfect band for her event, but just Max’s luck, one of the band members turns up murdered.Max fears the death could somehow be connected to her dear friend Candy. Suddenly, Max is finding out Candy has many secrets in her past, but there’s no way Max believes she's a killer. Max is determined to make sure the real killer is found and brough It’s time for another visit to Pittsburgh and Maxine “Max” O’Hara’s Allegheny Brew House. Max and her staff are getting ready for Oktoberfest. She hires the perfect band for her event, but just Max’s luck, one of the band members turns up murdered.Max fears the death could somehow be connected to her dear friend Candy. Suddenly, Max is finding out Candy has many secrets in her past, but there’s no way Max believes she's a killer. Max is determined to make sure the real killer is found and brought to justice, even though the police warn her to stay away.It doesn’t help when her boyfriend’s nasty ex-fiancee arrives in town. Max has her hands full with finding a killer and keeping Jake’s ex far away from him.I so love this series. It’s the third one and they just keep getting better. Max and her friends are a tight knit group. Each one has their own endearing quality. Max and Jake are such a cute couple, too. I enjoy their relationship. Although this book is primarily a mystery, the romance is a small part of it.I do have to laugh at Max always sticking her nose into investigations because the police don’t seem to be able to solve anything without her help. The funny part is that her own father is one of the lead detectives, although not on this particular case.The setting for this series is perfect. The Oktoberfest atmosphere is particularly timely to be reading right now. I practically devoured this story. I didn’t want to put it down. The author does an excellent job of transporting the reader right into the story.The mystery itself is contained in this book, so you don’t have to read the first two. However, it’s so much more fun to start at the beginning. She does make mention of certain incidents that occurred in previous books, but it is explained. Still, with these type of series, it’s always fun to start with the first book and see how each recurring character grows.This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It has a wonderful, quirky cast with the perfect setting. The mystery keeps you on your toes with many twists and turns along the way. I didn’t figure out the real culprit until the end, but even then, I didn’t have the details correct.It leaves me anxiously awaiting the next entry in this series. I want more! Now!FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    This third entry wasn't as enjoyable for me as the first two books in the series. I read this series because it's about a brewer who happens to solve mysteries when they come her way. This on had far to little about the art of brewing or even just how the restaurant/ brew pub runs. Too much art and not enough beer, and that's from a guy who doesn't even drink. o╮༼ • ʖ • ༽╭oI hope book 4 features more of the brew/food. I'll keep reading. This third entry wasn't as enjoyable for me as the first two books in the series. I read this series because it's about a brewer who happens to solve mysteries when they come her way. This on had far to little about the art of brewing or even just how the restaurant/ brew pub runs. Too much art and not enough beer, and that's from a guy who doesn't even drink. o͡͡͡╮༼ • ʖ̯ • ༽╭o͡͡͡I hope book 4 features more of the brew/food. I'll keep reading.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    A Room With A Brew is the third book in the A Brewing Trouble Mystery series.Fall is in the air and Maxine, Max to her friends is busy getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest at her brewpub. To go along with the celebration she has tentatively hired an oompah band to perform. She wants to catch their performance before agreeing to finalize the deal so she and fellow shop owners, Candy, Daisy, and Kristie head to the hall where they are playing. During a break, the band comes over and introduces t A Room With A Brew is the third book in the A Brewing Trouble Mystery series.Fall is in the air and Maxine, Max to her friends is busy getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest at her brewpub. To go along with the celebration she has tentatively hired an oompah band to perform. She wants to catch their performance before agreeing to finalize the deal so she and fellow shop owners, Candy, Daisy, and Kristie head to the hall where they are playing. During a break, the band comes over and introduces themselves. The accordion player, Felix, takes one look at Candy and comments that they have met before and is rather persistent that they have met before. Candy, with a fearful look on her face, denies that they have ever met.The next day Max receives a call from Walter asking her to meet him at his house. Max is sure that Felix was trying to hit on Candy and Walter is acting as a go-between agrees to meet him. But when she arrives Walter is not there, but Candy is and she doesn’t want to tell Max why she his. Then Max receives another call asking her to meet at their rehearsal. Candy insists on going with Max and when they get to the hall they find the lifeless body of Walter.A Room With A Brew is the third book in the A Brewing Trouble Mystery series.Fall is in the air and Maxine, Max to her friends, is busy getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest at her brewpub. To go along with the celebration she has tentatively hired an oompah band to perform. She wants to catch their performance before agreeing to finalize the deal so she and fellow shop owners, Candy, Daisy, and Kristie head to the hall where they are playing. During a break the band comes over and introduces themselves. The accordion player, Felix, takes one look at Candy and comments that they have met before and is rather persistent that they have met before. Candy, with a fearful look on her face, denies that they have ever met.The next day Max receives a call from Walter asking her to meet him at his house. Max is sure that Felix was trying to hit on Candy and Walter is acting as a go-between agrees to meet him. But when she arrives Walter is not there, but Candy is and she doesn’t want to tell Max why she his. Then Max receives another call asking her to meet at their rehearsal. Candy insists on going with Max and when they get to the hall they find the lifeless body of Walter.Finally Max is able to convince Candy to tell what she knows about Felix and why she looked so scared. Max soon learns that Candy had previously been married and was a spy during WWII and had encountered Felix during the war. Since Candy has no idea why Felix might be in Pittsburgh or what he looking for. Max and Candy, with the help of their friends set off to find out who the murderer might be before that police begin to think it is Candy.This another enjoyable addition to this exciting series. There’s always well developed and believable character in this series.Delicious sounding recipes are also included.I’ll be watching for the next book in this tasty series.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel is the third installment in A Brewing Trouble Mystery series. Maxine “Max” O’Hara owns the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Max is busy preparing for the Oktoberfest weekend she is going to have at the brew house. To see if she wants to hire The Deutschmen, a local oompah band, Max and her girlfriends are going to an event the fire hall. Felix Holt, accordion player, stares at Candy and insists that he knows her from somewhere. Candy ends up be A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel is the third installment in A Brewing Trouble Mystery series. Maxine “Max” O’Hara owns the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Max is busy preparing for the Oktoberfest weekend she is going to have at the brew house. To see if she wants to hire The Deutschmen, a local oompah band, Max and her girlfriends are going to an event the fire hall. Felix Holt, accordion player, stares at Candy and insists that he knows her from somewhere. Candy ends up being rude and leaving without providing an explanation. The next day Max receives a call from Walter “Doodle” Dowdy the sousaphone player asking to meet in person. He has something to share with her. When Max, Jake and Candy arrive they find Doodle dead with his head stuffed in his sousaphone. Candy is at the top of the suspect which sends Max into overdrive to find out who killed Doodle and why. Just when Max thinks things cannot get worse, Jake’s ex-fiancé, Victoria pops up at a gallery opening they are attending for the unveiling of a newly discovered Vermeer painting. Max will need to keep her wits about her if she is going to nab a killer, finish her Oktoberfest preparations, and avoid the manipulative Victoria. A Room with a Brew can be read as a standalone novel. I had some trouble getting into the story. I found it to be a slow starter and the murder did not occur until I reached the 18% mark. I found the mystery to be expected. Once the Vermeer is mentioned, I accurately predicted how the story would play out. I tried it with a third party, and they came to the same conclusion (I only gave them two details). It was interesting to learn more about the quirky Candy in this story (who only wears black and gold). Most of the characters in A Room with a Brew are flat. We are given scant details on them and the author never gave them life. Candy, Jake and Max are the only fully developed personas. My rating for A Room with a Brew is 3 out of 5 stars. The main focus of the cozy mystery is on the Allegheny Brew House, Max’s romance with Jake, food (lots of food), time spent with Max’s family, and preparing for Oktoberfest. I did not know that blue and white were colors for Oktoberfest (from Bavaria). I have only seen the colors from the German flag used in conjunction with this event. There are recipes for some of the food items at the end of the book. A Room with a Brew is a cute cozy mystery that will appeal to many readers. A Room with a Brew has me craving real German bratwurst (I will be heading to the local German meat market soon).
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  • Moondance
    January 1, 1970
    I slid onto an old piano stool as Daisy Hart placed the fall centerpiece she'd designed on the distress wood counter in her flower shop, Beautiful Blooms.Max O'Hara is preparing for her first Oktoberfest at Allegheny Brew House. The house chef and Max' boyfriend, Jake is preparing the menu as Max brews the beers. A girl's night out to listen to the band Max has hired for the occasion stirs up a storm of emotion and intrigue for local bakery owner, Candy. Max is on the case when one of the band m I slid onto an old piano stool as Daisy Hart placed the fall centerpiece she'd designed on the distress wood counter in her flower shop, Beautiful Blooms.Max O'Hara is preparing for her first Oktoberfest at Allegheny Brew House. The house chef and Max' boyfriend, Jake is preparing the menu as Max brews the beers. A girl's night out to listen to the band Max has hired for the occasion stirs up a storm of emotion and intrigue for local bakery owner, Candy. Max is on the case when one of the band members is found dead the following day. As always, it was a joy to read the work that goes into brewing beer. I am not a beer drinker but I do appreciate the chemistry that goes into the process. Jake's culinary creations make my mouth water and I wish that I could visit the brew house.This storyline was quite a bit heavier than I expected. We learn a great deal about Candy's past life and how it is impacting her now. Jake's former fiancée shows up to add to the stress of the situation. A new art gallery and an upcoming health food store add to the group of shops near the brew house.The plot keeps you watching a particular character and almost distracts from a major story. I love seeing the shop owners banding together to protect one of their own. Candy's secrets are huge and everyone takes them in stride.This is a great series that I look forward to continuing.
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  • RebeccaS
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 starsI wasn't sure if it was a good idea to jump into this series with book 3, but it turned out to be no problem. I easily became familiar with the setting and the characters. The story flowed well and I was hooked in no time. I finished it way faster than I had expected too and I already miss the story.Max is a brewer who is gearing up for a huge brewfest holiday....Oktoberfest! All she wanted to do was hire an authentic band...but when tragedy strikes one of the members, she is sucked in 4.25 starsI wasn't sure if it was a good idea to jump into this series with book 3, but it turned out to be no problem. I easily became familiar with the setting and the characters. The story flowed well and I was hooked in no time. I finished it way faster than I had expected too and I already miss the story.Max is a brewer who is gearing up for a huge brewfest holiday....Oktoberfest! All she wanted to do was hire an authentic band...but when tragedy strikes one of the members, she is sucked into another murder case full of intrigue that she couldn't have imagined. Her friends play a special and very unique role in the case and she is even more driven to find the killer to help her friends.I loved all the mentions and descriptions of beer brewing. I've been on a few brewery tours and I feel like I've learned more from this book than a couple of those combined (maybe I just wasn't paying much attention on the tours). I love the atmosphere of the brew pup and could imagine myself going down there for a visit. Max is an energetic and interesting character and her friends are fun and I love that they have their own small businesses. Jake seemed like such a great match and has his own interesting back story.HALLELUJAH FOR NO LOVE TRIANGLE!As for the mystery, I was stumped until about 70% through and then I had a feeling I knew what the true motive for the murder was. I had most of the pieces right, but wasn't positive about the players. The author did a nice job of giving us a LOT of red-herrings, but a few very important and nicely dropped hints about the truth. The ending was well done and I can't wait to read more!I definitely will be going back to read the first 2 books because I want to know more about the characters and see more of Max's Marauders sleuthing in action.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    This third book in the Brewing Trouble series finds Max O’Hara, owner of the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, getting ready to host her first Oktoberfest celebration. The author manages to combine an exciting blend of cold war intrigue, oompah bands, tasty brews, a discovered priceless masterpiece, and murder.Max’s friend, Candy, a seventy-something old cupcake bakery owner, has had minor roles in the previous two books but in A ROOM WITH A BREW, she takes center stage. I’ve always been curio This third book in the Brewing Trouble series finds Max O’Hara, owner of the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, getting ready to host her first Oktoberfest celebration. The author manages to combine an exciting blend of cold war intrigue, oompah bands, tasty brews, a discovered priceless masterpiece, and murder.Max’s friend, Candy, a seventy-something old cupcake bakery owner, has had minor roles in the previous two books but in A ROOM WITH A BREW, she takes center stage. I’ve always been curious about Candy, but she’s always held her secrets close. This time, though Candy’s story is finally told and while I won’t provide any spoilers, she certainly has quite the tale to tell and kept me entertained! There are plenty of memorable supporting characters surrounding Max and as with Candy, I’m now curious about their own stories.I enjoyed the Pittsburghese expressions that are included, which adds to the authenticity of the location. For example, N’at is short for “and all that”. Fortunately for us Pittsburgh novices, the author provides translations. Aside from the memorable characters and the fun location, A ROOM WITH A BREW provides a well-plotted mystery with plenty of intrigue and suspects to keep the reader turning pages. Several subplots are woven into the story, adding to the enjoyment of this well-crafted tale!While reading this new book, it was hard to not get thirsty for a brew or hungry for a delectable dish. Ms. Tremel provides several tasty recipes at the back of the book to keep your hunger at bay, all perfect for your own Oktoberfest celebration! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I've been wanting to read the third book in this series since I finished the second one, and it was worth the wait! I was happy to delve back into Max's life, with her friends Candy, Kristie and Daisy, her boyfriend/employee Jake, and her big, loving family. This story was really interesting, as we learn more about Candy's history and we meet two people from her past. We also meet some musicians in an oompah band Max has hired for her Oktoberfest celebration, and her parents' new neighbors, an a I've been wanting to read the third book in this series since I finished the second one, and it was worth the wait! I was happy to delve back into Max's life, with her friends Candy, Kristie and Daisy, her boyfriend/employee Jake, and her big, loving family. This story was really interesting, as we learn more about Candy's history and we meet two people from her past. We also meet some musicians in an oompah band Max has hired for her Oktoberfest celebration, and her parents' new neighbors, an art gallery owner and a football player-turned-health store owner. The plot moves at a good pace, with several good suspects for the murder toward the beginning of the book. There are a couple subplots going on, which may or may not be connected to one another, and makes it tricky to solve the mystery. Strong third book in the Brewing Trouble series, though it holds it own if you haven't read either of the first two.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "A Room With a Brew" is a cozy mystery. It's the third book in a series, but you can understand this book without reading the previous ones. However, this book did spoil certain events and motives in the previous mysteries (though not specifically whodunit).The heroine and her friends were generally nice people. Max made some bad assumptions while investigating but at least took some basic precautions when dealing with potentially dangerous people. While I was able to figure out most of the who "A Room With a Brew" is a cozy mystery. It's the third book in a series, but you can understand this book without reading the previous ones. However, this book did spoil certain events and motives in the previous mysteries (though not specifically whodunit).The heroine and her friends were generally nice people. Max made some bad assumptions while investigating but at least took some basic precautions when dealing with potentially dangerous people. While I was able to figure out most of the who and why of the mystery, there was one part I hadn't guessed. There was no sex. There was a minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable adventure/mystery.I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars TOP PICK
  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/a-...A Room with a BrewBrewing Trouble #3Author: Joyce TremelISBN13: 9780425277713Author website: http://www.joycetremel.comBrought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis: Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.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. B http://openbooksociety.com/article/a-...A Room with a BrewBrewing Trouble #3Author: Joyce TremelISBN13: 9780425277713Author website: http://www.joycetremel.comBrought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis: Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.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.Review:A Room With a Brew is the third installment in author Joyce Tremel’s “Brewing Trouble” series. The characters seem to be more at home in the setting, the story flows like a wonderful fresh tap, the mystery is full of more than just foam and the read is truly brewed to perfection. Max O’Hara is a true brewmaster. Her Allegheny Brew House is preparing for their first Oktoberfest. Max and her crew are getting everything ready to really celebrate, including hiring an Oompah band. Max’s boyfriend Jake has prepared the perfect menu to go with all the festivities too. Everything is going great. As we know though, something is going to go very wrong and it does.Max and her friends go to check out the hired Oompah band and meet the members. She wants to make sure they are good enough. When the band comes over to meet them, her friend Candy is not herself. One of the members insists he knows her from somewhere. Normally friendly Candy is terse and secretive. Mystery abounds and the fellow ends up dead. Secrets about Candy’s life are revealed (I loved that by the way) and she becomes a suspect. Of course Max has to get involved and also try to salvage her big Oktoberfest celebration. The gang is at it again. I just love all the characters in this series. Each has something just a bit different to offer and together they make an unstoppable force that gets answers.The relationship between Max and Jake has to be one of my favorites in a cozy series. They do not have all the angst and suffering that seems to be so prevalent in today’s reads. They fit perfectly together at work and as a couple. The friendships Max has are also super. The characters are fun, entertaining and well developed (and continue to develop in each book). I love reading about the recipes and the different beers even when I do not drink beer. This is a truly hopping series that is full of great times and more than a few barrels of laughs and vats of suspense.A Room With a Brew may be the third in this series, but you can read any of them as standalone books. Read all of them though as they are great. The characters are a blast and I love the relationships and cannot wait to see how they continue to develop. You do not need to be a beer fan to enjoy this series at all. It ranks up there on the top of my favorites list. Even though this one is not set in a small town setting, you still get that small town feel. Author Joyce Tremel has another hit on her hands. Tap the keg, pull out the soft pretzels and settle in for a ton of fun and mystery. And do not forget the fabulous recipes at the end!*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*
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  • Sherry Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    A slightly different setting for a Cozy read (for me) instead of a quiet, quaint and charming little town we are taken to the outskirts of Pittsburgh. I found it to be an interesting kind kept me on the edge of my seat page turner from the very beginning. Chapter 1 had me interested and turning the pages all the way to the end.Room with a Brew is a fun story/themed filled with interesting characters. I couldn't help but think of the Umpa Band in the movie Home Alone and picture John Candy as I r A slightly different setting for a Cozy read (for me) instead of a quiet, quaint and charming little town we are taken to the outskirts of Pittsburgh. I found it to be an interesting kind kept me on the edge of my seat page turner from the very beginning. Chapter 1 had me interested and turning the pages all the way to the end.Room with a Brew is a fun story/themed filled with interesting characters. I couldn't help but think of the Umpa Band in the movie Home Alone and picture John Candy as I read.The cast of characters friends of Max help her as she unravels clues and marks suspects of the list of Who Dun It. I enjoyed the Oktoberfest theme and learning more about it.The food and fun of the Oktoberfest theme made an enjoyablereading experience with the polka dancing and German style food.The combination Brew house and pub was a fun aspect and the recipes included in the book added to the overall experience. Room with a Brew is a part of a series the characters are introduced and the story is written well so that a new reader to the series is charmed along the way and becomes a fan. I enjoyed my introduction to the Brewhouse series and look forward to reading more. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
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  • Jackie Nolan
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!  This was a really suspenseful read.  This was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised.  I'll definitely be going back to read the previous books in this series.  Even with being new to this author and series, the characters were very well developed and I got a pretty good idea about who the characters were and everything.  The brewpub was a really neat idea for the setting of this series and I enjoyed reading about the process of making the beer.  I was a little confuse Wow!  This was a really suspenseful read.  This was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised.  I'll definitely be going back to read the previous books in this series.  Even with being new to this author and series, the characters were very well developed and I got a pretty good idea about who the characters were and everything.  The brewpub was a really neat idea for the setting of this series and I enjoyed reading about the process of making the beer.  I was a little confused at times and didn't understand some of the terms that were used, but I'm completely clueless about that type of thing since I'm not a beer drinker and don't know much about it.  I wish a little bit more time had been spent explaining the process, but that may have been done in the previous books.  I still was able to enjoy the book though.  I loved the characters in this book, especially Max and Jake.  They are absolutely perfect together and are so sweet.  I enjoyed reading about their relationship.  I also really loved all of Max's friends.  She has a really great inner-circle.  The mystery kept me hooked from the start.  Just when I thought I was sure of what was going to happen, I turned out to be wrong!  Wow!  This book was definitely a page turner.  
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third installment in what I find to be a very enjoyable cozy mystery series. Once again, Max is in the wrong place at the wrong time and discovers another dead body. This time her friend Candy is implicated and Max's Marauder's are out to prove she had nothing to due with this murder. I really enjoy these characters. Max is growing into her own as a pub owner, an amateur sleuth and in her relationship with Jake. It was fun to learn more about Candy and her background as well. Each of This is the third installment in what I find to be a very enjoyable cozy mystery series. Once again, Max is in the wrong place at the wrong time and discovers another dead body. This time her friend Candy is implicated and Max's Marauder's are out to prove she had nothing to due with this murder. I really enjoy these characters. Max is growing into her own as a pub owner, an amateur sleuth and in her relationship with Jake. It was fun to learn more about Candy and her background as well. Each of Max's Marauder's are fun characters and we get to see more personal growth in this book. There are some new characters that I think readers will enjoy as well and I hope they become a permanent part of the secondary cast of characters.The mystery was enjoyable, but I was a bit surprised that I figured out the motive for the murder. That's pretty unusual for me, but it didn't take away from the enjoyment. While I figured out the motive, I wasn't quite sure who was involved.I think this is a fun series with great characters. I really like that Max has a profession that is not something we typically see for a female cozy character. I am looking forward to more to come in this series.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    A Room With a Brew by Joyce Tremel was a great afternoon read. I request this series from my library as soon as I see that they have ordered the books.A swiftly paced plot with plenty of twists, turns and we finally get to find out about Candy's history. There's more than murder involved as Max is trying to prepare for her first Oktoberfest at her brew pub. We also got to meet two new neighbors during this book and I hope to see more of them as the series progresses. And we finally got to meet J A Room With a Brew by Joyce Tremel was a great afternoon read. I request this series from my library as soon as I see that they have ordered the books.A swiftly paced plot with plenty of twists, turns and we finally get to find out about Candy's history. There's more than murder involved as Max is trying to prepare for her first Oktoberfest at her brew pub. We also got to meet two new neighbors during this book and I hope to see more of them as the series progresses. And we finally got to meet Jake's ex-finance'. She is beautiful and a terrible self-absorbed snob as has been hinted at in the previous books. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    This fabulous cozy is the third in the series set in a Pittsburgh brew pub. I've loved the series from the beginning and love the setting (confession: I've lived in Pittsburgh for most of my adult life and love the city). So, we have a good mystery, an intelligent female heroine and her posse of slightly eccentric friends. What's not to like? By the time you add in all the Pittsburgh idiocyncrasies you have a real winner. Highly recommended.
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  • Linda Smatzny
    January 1, 1970
    In this book, brewpub owner Maxine "Max" O'Hara is trying to help her friend, Candy, with her problem but Max has no idea what the problem is. Candy is an older lady who has the bakery next to the pub and was upset when a man insisted he knew Candy. Max and Candy discover the body of a man who had called Max and said he had to speak to her in person. After finding the body, Max has a lot of questions and she intends to find answers. The book was a quick easy read.
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  • A Holland Reads
    January 1, 1970
    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 look 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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  • Jerri Cachero
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything about this series - great mystery, characters, lovable heroine, supportive boyfriend and Candy! The book blended the past and present beautifully and I always enjoy Max's family!A keep you guessing mystery! Waiting for the next book!
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  • Murder, She Sent
    January 1, 1970
    Very good story line. There was a nice amount of false leads that keeps one guessing. It was kind of like Castle meets How to Steal a Million. I enjoyed it very much.
  • Jessica Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    Complete review will be posted on my https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... on October 14, 2017.
  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    A member of an oompa band that is to perform at Max's brew pub. Now Max is out to figure out why,This is an excellent installment in the Brewing Trouble series. Max is faced with a murder as, once again she finds the body. The police don't listen to her and there she is solving the murder for them. I liked the story. I figured out the why but not the who. I was surprised by the who as well as the follow-up activity.Some new characters are introduced. They fit into the story just fine. I hope the A member of an oompa band that is to perform at Max's brew pub. Now Max is out to figure out why,This is an excellent installment in the Brewing Trouble series. Max is faced with a murder as, once again she finds the body. The police don't listen to her and there she is solving the murder for them. I liked the story. I figured out the why but not the who. I was surprised by the who as well as the follow-up activity.Some new characters are introduced. They fit into the story just fine. I hope they stay. Can't wait for number 4.
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    This series has such a unique fall fee to it. A woman who owns a brew pub and happens to solve crimes in her spare time? Sign me up!In A Room with a Brew, Max O’Hara is back in the third installment of the Brewing Trouble Mystery Series. When one of the band members she hired to play at the BrewPub for Oktoberfest is found murdered, Max finds herself thrown into the middle of yet another murder investigation.Take a seat, crack open a cold one, and get ready to enjoy a great book. Here are my top This series has such a unique fall fee to it. A woman who owns a brew pub and happens to solve crimes in her spare time? Sign me up!In A Room with a Brew, Max O’Hara is back in the third installment of the Brewing Trouble Mystery Series. When one of the band members she hired to play at the BrewPub for Oktoberfest is found murdered, Max finds herself thrown into the middle of yet another murder investigation.Take a seat, crack open a cold one, and get ready to enjoy a great book. Here are my top reasons why you will want to read it.Max Is FierceThere is just something about the idea of a five foot tall, spunky female brewpub owner that I love. Maybe it’s showing solidarity as a fellow five-footer, but Max is just a fun protagonist to root for. She is kind, works hard, and always willing to go to bat for a friend.Whoa – Really?!?One of Max’a friends, Candy, is acting suspiciously after the murder and this worries Max. Could she be somehow involved? Candy finally confides in Max the reason for her odd behavior. And let’s just say it’s not at all what I was expecting. However it did amazing things for adding depth to these characters and had so many possible story lines swimming through my head.Oktoberfest + Fall = FUNThis is a book set around Oktoberfest, which really helped put me in the fall spirit. I love reading cozies around the season they are set in and the fact that lined up here for me really did enhance the reading experience.A Room with a Brew is another super installment to this series. Max is a lot of fun and I enjoy her adventures in brewing, love, and murder.Originally published at: https://cozyexperience.com/cheers-roo...
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  • Laura Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Being from one of the major brewing capitals in the U.S. (although we wear more Green and Gold) and having spent time as an Oktoberfest wench myself, love those giant prtezels, this book called loudly to me. I could not resist and I was not disappointed. Joyce Tremel has created a wonderful community of friends and in this book, a series of complicated twists and turns that read like a beloved black and white noir film. OOMPAH!Max O'Hara is looking foward to her young brewery's first Oktoberfest Being from one of the major brewing capitals in the U.S. (although we wear more Green and Gold) and having spent time as an Oktoberfest wench myself, love those giant prtezels, this book called loudly to me. I could not resist and I was not disappointed. Joyce Tremel has created a wonderful community of friends and in this book, a series of complicated twists and turns that read like a beloved black and white noir film. OOMPAH!Max O'Hara is looking foward to her young brewery's first Oktoberfest. She is excited about decorating, finding the perfect band for atmosphere and her kitchen staff is busy creating mouth-watering treats to debut at the festival. Meanwhile, down in the rathskellar... Ha! You don't expect me to give away all the secrets, do you?Intriguing close friend and fellow culinary entrepreneur Candy plays a major role in the deceivious doings leading up to Oktoberfest. She has never been forthcoming about her past, in fact she has been evasive. She has some surprising skeletons in her closet - including a debonair ex-husband! Yes, surprising visitors are showing up and not only for Oktoberfest in Pittsburg. I am betting you will read close to the end before you feel you have it figured out, and still be surprised when all is revealed. BONUS: some of those delicious special treats from the brewpub are shared as recipes.
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  • Homerun2
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsBrewer Maxine O'Hara (Max for short) is back in the third entry in the Brewing Trouble cozy series. Max again finds herself deep in a murder investigation when a member of a band she has hired for Oktoberfest is found dead not long after telephoning her with an urgent and mysterious message. The situation is further complicated by her friend Candy's hidden past and reluctance to tell Max exactly how and when she knew one of the murder suspects. When the police tell Max she's just imagi 3.75 starsBrewer Maxine O'Hara (Max for short) is back in the third entry in the Brewing Trouble cozy series. Max again finds herself deep in a murder investigation when a member of a band she has hired for Oktoberfest is found dead not long after telephoning her with an urgent and mysterious message. The situation is further complicated by her friend Candy's hidden past and reluctance to tell Max exactly how and when she knew one of the murder suspects. When the police tell Max she's just imagining things, what choice does she have but to conduct her own investigation? And when her boyfriend Jake's supermodel ex-fiancee arrives on the scene, things get snarky. Factor in art thefts, spies, the Cold War and oompah music and you've got yourself an entertaining and intriguing cozy. The supporting cast in this series is enjoyable: ex-hockey player, chef, and boyfriend Jake, nearby business owners Kristie and Candy, and Max's large Catholic family. Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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