MYSTERY

Without a Brew

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Sloan Krause, Bk. 4). Oct. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250205773. $26.99. M
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Sloan Krause and her boss and fellow brewer, Garrett, had planned a soft opening of Nitro, their craft beer–themed B&B in the Leavenworth, WA, Bavarian Village. But this weekend, the small town is overrun with visitors for IceFest, the winter-themed festival. Sloan and Garrett already had one couple staying at Nitro. They end up with five more guests, including a quartet led by an obnoxious, self-important man. When one of the guests is missing the next morning, Sloan calls the police. The discovery of the body means one of Nitro’s visitors may be a killer, and one of their first guests is dead. Sloan is already dealing with her looming divorce, plans to buy a cottage in town, and the ongoing search for her birth mother. The ever-steady Sloan’s collapse puts her in the path of a killer.
VERDICT The ongoing mystery of Sloan’s past is just one element in the follow-up to Beyond a Reasonable Stout. Readers who appreciate the community life in a tourist destination town or the appeal of a story with a craft beer background will enjoy this latest cozy with a strong supporting cast of characters.

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