To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel
An all-new mystery series set in a Pittsburgh craft brew pub, featuring a brewmaster with a head for sleuthing.
The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification, and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.
Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast—before her brand-new brew biz totally tanks…
Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. Her fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine.
December 2, 2015– Ceremonial Keg Tapping with Joyce Tremel, Hofbrauhaus, Pittsburgh, PA, 7pm.
December 5, 2015—Launch party and signing at Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, PA, 2pm.
Praise for “To Brew or Not To Brew”
Nominated for Amateur Sleuth Award at RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards!
“Joyce Tremel’s debut novel is cleverly developed, infused with fascinating details of craft brewing plus the very real flavor of Pittsburgh, and distilled into a unique and charming mystery. A delicious blend of strong characters and smooth delivery, To Brew or Not to Brew is sure to appeal to mystery readers and beer aficionados alike.”—Jennie Bentley, New York Times bestselling author of the Do-It-Yourself Mysteries
“A heartwarming blend of suds and suspense, featuring a determined heroine and her big Irish family. Tremel knows and loves her Pittsburgh setting, making the mystery all the more real and enjoyable.”—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
“This charming debut novel stands out with a brewery setting that offers a unique twist on typical books within the genre. An assorted mix of characters provide a diverting dose of humor, flirtation and heart. Between the peek into the brewing industry and the mouthwatering food descriptions, readers may find themselves scurrying to their nearest pub even while the baffling case compels them to devour just one more chapter!”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)