MYSTERY

Beyond a Reasonable Stout

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Sloan Krause, Bk. 3). Oct. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781250205759. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250205766. M
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It was a successful Oktoberfest for Leavenworth, WA, the tourist town dependent on the local breweries, pubs, and German village appearance. Election season doesn’t look fun, though, because Kristopher Cooper, the incumbent city councilman, is running on a temperance platform. Brewer Sloan Krause and Garrett, owners of Nitro, a small brewery, attend the town meeting, where a number of people argue with Kristopher. But who hated him enough to kill him? When April Ablin, self-proclaimed ambassador for the town, is arrested, the sheriff suggests to Sloan that April needs help and advice. Although she’s tangled up in a relationship with her soon-to-be ex and still looking for answers to the mystery of her parentage, Sloan steps in to help April, knowing a reputation for murder won’t help the town.
VERDICT Family is an essential element in this character-driven cozy series following The Pint of No Return. While the primary mystery is solved in each book, the ongoing story line of Sloan’s search for her own family story draws readers back. Fans of Ellery Adams’s “Books by the Bay” mysteries will recognize Sloan’s need for answers.

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