Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.
Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.
About the Author
Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. Her flash fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. Her debut novel, TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW has been nominated for a 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth by Romantic Times. The second book in the series TANGLED UP IN BREW, is scheduled for release 10.4.2016.
Joyce is a native Pittsburgher, has two grown sons, and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband. When coming up with the idea for this series, she thought her big city with the small town feel would be the perfect setting for Max’s brew pub. She hopes “yinz” guys agree!
Review of Tangled Up in Brew
Review (5 Stars): Tangled Up in Brew is a charming mystery filled with a fun heroine, amazing cuisine and brews with the right dash of suspense. Max is excited to enter the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival and hopefully win the trophy for the best craft beer. After a nasty judge ends up dead after tasting one of Jake’s famous burgers, it is up to Max to find out who did it before Jake ends up in the slammer.
This is the second book in the Brewing Trouble mysteries and I have adored the series after being first introduced to Max and the gang. This mystery was well-written, very entertaining and full of surprises. I loved learning more about brew festivals and all the work that it takes to make these a success. Tangled Up in Brew was a great mystery and you will love these characters too.