The Cure for What Ales You

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Sloan Krause Mystery, Bk. 5). Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781250781451. $26.99. M
Alexander’s fifth “Sloan Krause” mystery (after Without a Brew) opens on the Maifest celebration in Leavenworth, WA—Sloan’s small, well-loved hometown. Leavenworth has ties to Bavaria and is known for its festivals that uphold the German traditions of breweries, bratwursts, and gorgeous scenery, with green mountains and vibrant flowers. This year’s Maifest brings more than just crowds; it also brings murder, a mystery to solve, and Sloan’s Aunt Marianne, who arrives with secrets and more questions than answers. Then Sloan’s son Alex is kidnapped, and she realizes that it’s time to confide in those closest to her. Soon, the Krause family and Sloan’s friends at the Nitro nanobrewery are gathering around her to help solve the mystery and keep Leavenworth safe. Sloan finds that love is the most powerful safety net of all, but can she figure out who murdered one of the maids at Hotel Vierter Stock before someone else is killed?
VERDICT Fans of Kate Carlisle and Ellery Adams will love Alexander’s latest Sloan Krause cozy mystery; enjoy with a cold beer.
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