Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander

August 26, 2018     Elle     ,

Death on Tap by Ellie AlexanderDeath on Tap by Ellie Alexander
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Series: Sloan Krause Mystery Series #1
Published by Minotaur Books Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 310
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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My Rating : three-half-stars

Death on Tap is the first book in the Sloan Krause Mystery series! Beer drinkers and cozy mystery lovers alike are not going to want to miss this one!

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 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.

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