Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews - Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross

Sophia Rose may at this very moment be camping in the wilds of Idaho but she's not too far away from WiFi to bring us her review of #2 in the Auction Book cozy mystery series.

Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross
#2 Auction Block Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Midnight Ink
Published:  2.8.16
ISBN:  073874705X
Pages:  264
Rating: 4
Format: Paperback
Source:  Purchased
Sellers:  Amazon/B&N/Kobo

GoodReads Blurb:

They call it "the Brewmaster's Widow"; the abandoned brewery where Death Bogart's brother died in an arson fire.

With his girlfriend, Wren Morgan, Death goes home to St. Louis to take on a deeply personal mystery. When Randy Bogart went into the Einstadt Brewery, he left his broken badge behind at the firehouse. So why did the coroner find one on his body? Every answer leads to more questions. Why did the phony badge have the wrong number? Who set the brewery fire? What is the connection between Randy's death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves, where the opulent playground of 19th century beer barons falls into slow decay?

Not understanding how and why he lost his brother is breaking the ex-Marine's heart. But the Brewmaster's Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prising them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives.

Sophia Rose's Review:

That teaser at the end of Death and the Redheaded Woman about Death's (pronounced Deeth) brother becomes the new mystery for Death and Wren to tackle in Death and the Brewmaster's Widow.

Death and Wren are a new item, but he already relies on her and respects her so much more than he ever did his ex-wife.  Wren is the one he wants beside him when he goes to closeout his brother's affairs and stumbles across one oddity after another when it comes to Randy's death.  People try to tell him that he and Wren are grasping at straws when clues lead to the possibility that Randy didn't die in that fire.

As with the first book, there are a lot of great elements to this cozy mystery.  Death is a disabled vet with PTSD who has turned to PI and Bounty work for his new livelihood.  Wren is an auctioneer with a penchant for historical artifacts and settings.  The pair work well together as a couple and as a detecting team.

The mystery was one of tempered hope because it may lead to Death getting some good news about his family for once and yet, he doesn't dare get his hopes up after all this time.  It has the lighter cozy mystery feel to it and delivers an engaging, steadily-paced story centered around an old St. Louis Brewery, the Cherokee Caves, and a family connection Death wasn't expecting.

I'm definitely loving this series and will look forward to picking up the next detecting adventure for Death and Wren.

Author’s Bio:
Loretta Ross is a writer and historian who lives and works in rural Missouri. She is an alumna of Cottey College and holds a BA in archaeology from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has loved mysteries since she first learned to read. Death and the Redheaded Woman will be her first published novel.


Sophia’s Bio:
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
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  1. Thanks Sophia Rose for the great review!
    I love cozies and this looks like something I would like

    1. These are a lot of fun and right down in your neck of the woods, Debbie. :)

  2. I am enjoying this series on audio and patiently waiting for the next release :)

    1. I have one more and then I'm caught up and stuck impatiently waiting, too. :) I'll have to try them on audio.

  3. One day, one day! Cozy mystery time

    1. You'll have a treat waiting when you get the chance. :)