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When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success. But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac, is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.


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When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success. But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac, is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

30 review for Death on Tap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Sloane Krause loves her Bavarian themed hometown - Leavenworth, WA. The town goes all out for authentic atmosphere from German foods to locally brewed beers. There are several breweries in the small town. Sloane has worked for her in-laws' family brewery for years and loves it.....until she catches her husband Mac with his pants down. Literally. Reeling from getting an eyeful of her husband and a young bar maid, she gets a job at a new, rival brewery in town. Her new boss, Garrett Strong, says t Sloane Krause loves her Bavarian themed hometown - Leavenworth, WA. The town goes all out for authentic atmosphere from German foods to locally brewed beers. There are several breweries in the small town. Sloane has worked for her in-laws' family brewery for years and loves it.....until she catches her husband Mac with his pants down. Literally. Reeling from getting an eyeful of her husband and a young bar maid, she gets a job at a new, rival brewery in town. Her new boss, Garrett Strong, says that he always wanted to open his own nano-brewery, and his recipe for a new citrus beer is amazing. Sloane helps him prepare for the grand opening of the Nitro Brewery. Everything is perfect. Their event is a total success. The next morning, however, things take a dangerous turn. Sloane comes in to work and finds a rival brewer dead in Nitro's fermenting vat. It only gets worse when Mac is arrested for the murder. Sloane is really really mad at her husband.....but she knows he isn't a murderer. For the sake of their teenage son and her inlaws, and because she knows Mac isn't guilty, Sloane jumps in to investigate. This book is a great start to a new series, Sloane Krause Mysteries. I liked the brewery theme. The book contains many details about brewing, different types of beer, and the ingredients required for a quality beer. Although there are lots of details about brewing, the background theme didn't overpower the mystery....it added to it. This start to a new series is a cozy with a bit more bite to it....this isn't themed around a cute dog or cat, or knitting, but brewing beer and philandering husbands. Sloane is a tough, intelligent woman.....and cutesie just wouldn't be her style. The book is still a cozy though.....there is no spurting blood and no cursing. Just the implication of a 2/3 naked husband and lots of great beer. :) I liked the fact that the author didn't just include information on making the beer, but also details about regulations and restrictions on breweries and establishments that serve alcohol. I didn't realize some of the restrictions that pubs or breweries have to follow. Very interesting! The mystery moves along at a nice pace. There are some great clues and twists along the way. The ending still caught me by surprise though -- I love it when that happens! I didn't see it coming! :) Sloane is a capable MC, and all the side characters helped support the plot. I liked all the characters....even the cheating husband Mac (although I did want to seriously punch him a couple of times). All in all, a well-written mystery that is enjoyable to read! I learned a lot about beer and gave me a new respect for micro-breweries. Ellie Alexander also writes the Bakeshop Mysteries. For more information on the author and her books, check out her website: http://www.elliealexander.co/ I am definitely going to check out her Bakeshop series while I wait for the next Sloane Krause book. Death on Tap is the best cozy I've read in a long time. Excellent writing and research! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy from St Martins Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: October 3, 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery Death on Tap is the first (right?) book in a brand new cozy mystery series. And you know what? I am really excited about this one because aside from the mystery aspects, these books revolve around beer brewing which is really cool. I can't think of any other cozies that are like this, so it is definitely unique and stands apart from others in the genre. In addition to this, the author is obviously a beer connoisseur because she knows a TON abou Release Date: October 3, 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery Death on Tap is the first (right?) book in a brand new cozy mystery series. And you know what? I am really excited about this one because aside from the mystery aspects, these books revolve around beer brewing which is really cool. I can't think of any other cozies that are like this, so it is definitely unique and stands apart from others in the genre. In addition to this, the author is obviously a beer connoisseur because she knows a TON about beer brewing. I feel like I learned a lot about the business side of things and how brewing actually works through this book. Kudos to the author for this because it really adds a unique quality to the story and will certainly keep readers intrigued. Other than this, the book is your run of the mill cozy mystery. It's light on romance and high on trying to figure out "who-dun-it". One of the downsides of this novel is that there wasn't too much mystery surrounding it. Sure, someone is killed in the beer tank and we are left to wonder who did it, but because so much of the story was overpowered by the beer brewing, there weren't many clues for us readers to use in order to figure out the killer. When I read a cozy mystery, I expect to become a partial detective along with the hero/heroine. This simply was not the case here and there was very little sleuthing going on. Instead, it was a slow buildup to the capture. Despite the mystery aspect of the book being a bit nonexistent, I did find myself enjoying the book and I will certainly book looking for the next one when it is released. As I mentioned before, this series stands apart from others based on the content and I would love to see where it goes from here. There is still a lot of character growth that needs to be done, relationships mishaps to overcome or forgive, and much more. Rating: 3.5 stars I received a copy of this novel via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    I was so excited to see this new series by author Ellie Alexander. I LOVE her bake shop mysteries so much. I think DEATH ON TAP was a good mystery, with liked about characters. I know knowing at all about beer, so I found that portion of the book to be interesting and informative. There were a few things that made this book seem not quite right to be considered a "cozy" mystery. One of which was in the first chapter, and what the protagonist found her boyfriend doing. I'm use to those topics in I was so excited to see this new series by author Ellie Alexander. I LOVE her bake shop mysteries so much. I think DEATH ON TAP was a good mystery, with liked about characters. I know knowing at all about beer, so I found that portion of the book to be interesting and informative. There were a few things that made this book seem not quite right to be considered a "cozy" mystery. One of which was in the first chapter, and what the protagonist found her boyfriend doing. I'm use to those topics in cozies having happened in the past, and not something the reader is there to witness. Any negatives on my part aside, Ms. Alexander is a wonderful writer, and I think this series will be a hit for her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    4.45 beerlicious stars. I love Kate Dyer-Seeley's books! I read them all and wanted more...so here I am trying my first book of her writing as Ellie Alexander and loved it just as much. The town of Leavenworth, WA, which I didn't know existed before reading the book, is a wonderful setting for a beer related mystery. I loved how she added quite a few German words and the accents she gave to some of the characters made me giggle. Being German myself I know how "bad" it can be.... As always I was hoo 4.45 beerlicious stars. I love Kate Dyer-Seeley's books! I read them all and wanted more...so here I am trying my first book of her writing as Ellie Alexander and loved it just as much. The town of Leavenworth, WA, which I didn't know existed before reading the book, is a wonderful setting for a beer related mystery. I loved how she added quite a few German words and the accents she gave to some of the characters made me giggle. Being German myself I know how "bad" it can be.... As always I was hooked by the authors writing and felt comfortable and interested all the way through the book. It was great to be introduced to some beer brewing knowledge. Very cozy but a welcome change to the usual crafting, baking and cooking in this genre. The mystery was intriguing and kept me on my toes, suspecting someone different every few pages. I read this book thanks to the inter library lending option of my local library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first in a new series by Ellie Alexander and is centered around the world of Pacific Northwest beer brewing. I really enjoyed the theme as there are not too may series (only one other that I can think of) that involve the world of brewing. Ms. Alexander has created a wonderful set of characters that I think the readers are going to enjoy. They are all well written and have layers and dimension with a genuine feel about them. The location is described perfectly and made me want to tak This is the first in a new series by Ellie Alexander and is centered around the world of Pacific Northwest beer brewing. I really enjoyed the theme as there are not too may series (only one other that I can think of) that involve the world of brewing. Ms. Alexander has created a wonderful set of characters that I think the readers are going to enjoy. They are all well written and have layers and dimension with a genuine feel about them. The location is described perfectly and made me want to take a trip to this town, even thought I am not a beer drinker. The mystery is the reason for my three star rating. For what I am used to from this author, I felt that the mystery was perhaps a bit light in this first book. I was surprised but the killer's identity, but felt that author spent more time with the character introduction/development. I would have liked a bit more on the mystery. A full review will be posted to my blog closer to the release date. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy that was provided to me through Netgalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    Fabulous cozy series started with more depth than many in the genre

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A nice start to the series, which is based on independent beer breweries and pubs in a German-themed town in Washington state . The whole set-up is charming, and even though I'm not much of a beer drinker I'd love to visit. This one starts with the mc changing jobs to a new brewer. She gets a nasty surprise her first week at work, which brings out the amateur sleuth in her. There were a handful of inconsistencies during the storytelling, which stopped the flow of reading. Also it seemed not much A nice start to the series, which is based on independent beer breweries and pubs in a German-themed town in Washington state . The whole set-up is charming, and even though I'm not much of a beer drinker I'd love to visit. This one starts with the mc changing jobs to a new brewer. She gets a nasty surprise her first week at work, which brings out the amateur sleuth in her. There were a handful of inconsistencies during the storytelling, which stopped the flow of reading. Also it seemed not much time was spent on the mystery. The person who did the deed was a surprise, tho. The next book centers around Octoberfest, and I've got it on the tbr. Looking forward to a lively visit.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I really enjoyed this book a lot; if I had not been so tired last night, I would have finished it then. It is easy to read, has fantastic characters and MANY red herrings to keep you guessing. I will be looking forward to more from this author this is the start to a great series!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Ellie Alexander has a spectacular new series for us cozy mystery lovers and Death on Tap is a very binge worthy book! If like me you are going to read it on your ereader, make sure it is fully charged before starting as you are not going to want to put it down, and my battery ran out when I was 70% through the book, I was full of anguish waiting for it to recharge. From the first sentence I was sucked into this cozy and page after page falling deeply in love with this new book and what I hope wi Ellie Alexander has a spectacular new series for us cozy mystery lovers and Death on Tap is a very binge worthy book! If like me you are going to read it on your ereader, make sure it is fully charged before starting as you are not going to want to put it down, and my battery ran out when I was 70% through the book, I was full of anguish waiting for it to recharge. From the first sentence I was sucked into this cozy and page after page falling deeply in love with this new book and what I hope will be a hugely successful series. Death on Tap is based on a real place called Leavenworth in Washington State. Earlier this summer my husband and I went there for the first time and the magic I felt walking in this Bavarian Town is perfectly replicated in the book! The town itself , in real live is charming, and a little slice of heaven set in a very picturesque part of Washington State, with architecture that will make you think you have traveled to Europe. This small community is as much for tourists as it is for locals and very dedicated to making your experience in Leavenworth memorable. This same sentiment is felt strongly in this book. Main character Sloan, was completely relatable, a resilient and strong woman in her 40's faced with making choices and dealing with all the trappings of a small town, confidence in herself, her family and a lack of confidence in her husband. I love that she is a master brewer, having a job not typically found in the cozy world and that she is as passionate about her work as she is about family and the town she lives in. This book was so good that I wanted to pack my bags and head back on what for me is a 6 hour drive just to sit in the square and read Death on Tap, get some amazing fudge, pick up more of that cranberry tea I got while I was there and indulge in the the wonderful cuisine and comfort that Leavenworth offers both in person and in how Ellie Alexander shares in Death on Tap. I loved it, I ugly cried in parts and I did not want it to end. The only bad part for me reading this as an advanced reading copy is I have to wait impatiently for Ellie to write the next one, I can not wait to see what happens next and hope that this becomes a very long running series. You must read this if you are a cozy lover, you won't be disappointed! This book comes out October 3rd!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    I loved this book! It took me away into a small town full of friendships and family. I'm not a huge beer fan, but I liked the info on brewing and running a brewery. The ending wasn't a huge capow-type thing, but it worked with the story. I will definitely be continuing with this series! I loved this book! It took me away into a small town full of friendships and family. I'm not a huge beer fan, but I liked the info on brewing and running a brewery. The ending wasn't a huge capow-type thing, but it worked with the story. I will definitely be continuing with this series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula Adams

    It took me quite a while to get into this book like I was almost ready to give up on it. I don't know if it was that I don't like beer or that annoying woman who dressed up in costume and gossiped all day. Add a cheating husband and a couple of hunks and a murder and it got a little more bearable. The who did it was a bit of a surprise. It took me quite a while to get into this book like I was almost ready to give up on it. I don't know if it was that I don't like beer or that annoying woman who dressed up in costume and gossiped all day. Add a cheating husband and a couple of hunks and a murder and it got a little more bearable. The who did it was a bit of a surprise.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Sloan Krause: a woman who brews and sleuths. What’s not to love?? This series also features Sloan’s 15-year-old son Alex, adding a bit of depth not found in the author’s Bakeshop Mystery Series, Rose City Mystery Series or Pacific Northwest Mystery Series. Yeah, yeah, I collected all available Trixie Belden books when I was a kid. Happiness is having three Sloan Krause books ahead of me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Moondance

    It wasn't so much the sight of my husband's bare ass that would become permanently etched in my memory, but rather the rhythmic sounds of the German brass band oompah-ing in the background, coupled with the strong, but delicious smell of steeping in the mash tun. Sloan Krause walks in on her husband and a young bar wench in the family pub. She immediately distances herself from him by going to work with Garrett in the newest nano brewery in Leavenworth, Washington. Sloan's husband, Mac is the num It wasn't so much the sight of my husband's bare ass that would become permanently etched in my memory, but rather the rhythmic sounds of the German brass band oompah-ing in the background, coupled with the strong, but delicious smell of steeping in the mash tun. Sloan Krause walks in on her husband and a young bar wench in the family pub. She immediately distances herself from him by going to work with Garrett in the newest nano brewery in Leavenworth, Washington. Sloan's husband, Mac is the number one suspect when a competitor is found dead in Nitro. This is an excellent start to a series. I must admit that I am not much of a beer drinker but I did so love the chemistry behind making beer. Once a geek, always a geek. The recipes using the different beers were fascinating as well. The town of Leavenworth is very well portrayed as a slice of German heaven in the Pacific Northwest. I would love to visit the area because i feel like I know it so well from the descriptions. Sloan is a strong woman. She is a former foster child who had no one until she married into the Krause family. That was the hardest part of reading this book. The Krause family still considers her part of them which I loved to read. I think they all realize what an idiot her husband is. I enjoyed meeting the townspeople and getting a glimpse of the tourism of beer. i would really like to visit just to soak in the atmosphere. The police chief was believable and I'm proud of Sloan for letting her do her job without meddling too much. I had pretty much picked out the culprit early on but didn't know the reason. It certainly made sense when all of the clues were revealed. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see where everything leads.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I am obsessed with this series! Well, I’ve only finished book 1 & 2 but I loved it and I adore all the characters. Death on Tap starts with Sloan walking in to her office and catching her husband with a young barmaid. She decides to leave him and his family’s well-known brewery pub and gets a job working at Nitro, a new nano-brewery in their unique Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth. Of course, this is a cozy mystery so she ends up discovering a dead body and has to decide if she should help cl I am obsessed with this series! Well, I’ve only finished book 1 & 2 but I loved it and I adore all the characters. Death on Tap starts with Sloan walking in to her office and catching her husband with a young barmaid. She decides to leave him and his family’s well-known brewery pub and gets a job working at Nitro, a new nano-brewery in their unique Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth. Of course, this is a cozy mystery so she ends up discovering a dead body and has to decide if she should help clear her cheating ex’s name by figuring out who the real murderer is. ⁣ Sloan Krause is absolutely a fun, strong, smart, female character who drives this cozy mystery set in the brewery pub world. I don’t drink beer, but Death on Tap has shed some light on the process and types of brewing, it’s fascinating. Ellie Alexander does a great job of introducing the lovable Krause family and the cozy town of Leavenworth. And of course, as usual in a cozy mystery, there is one very annoying nosy character. 😂 ⁣ 🔍 While reading this story, my guess at the suspect kept changing and I did not figure it out ahead of time. Although Death on Tap is a cozy mystery, this series feels different. There’s still food, baking, a murder, and a female amateur sleuth who discovers the body...but it’s presented in a unique setting with a fresh narrative. ⁣

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    When master brewer Sloan Krause finds her ex-husband cheating on her with a beer wench, she leaves the family business to work with a new nanobrewery in the beer-happy town of Leavenworth, Washington. But when she finds a body in a beer brewing vat, both her new boss and ex-husband become suspects in the murder. Death on Tap is a fun look at the microbrewery/nanobrewery scene as well as a well-written cozy mystery. Sloan is a smart, talented protagonist, and she's surrounded by interesting suppor When master brewer Sloan Krause finds her ex-husband cheating on her with a beer wench, she leaves the family business to work with a new nanobrewery in the beer-happy town of Leavenworth, Washington. But when she finds a body in a beer brewing vat, both her new boss and ex-husband become suspects in the murder. Death on Tap is a fun look at the microbrewery/nanobrewery scene as well as a well-written cozy mystery. Sloan is a smart, talented protagonist, and she's surrounded by interesting supporting characters. The mystery will keep readers guessing as to who the killer is until close to the end. It's a great start to a new series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    3.5 stars Being from the Pacific Northwest, I know all about the magical town of Leavenworth Washington. Everything Bavarian. It’s like the Northwest version of Germany year round. The beer and the Christmas festival are famous throughout the Pac NW, even here in Oregon. This book is set in this little hidden mini Germany in the mountains of Washington, and it’s the first in a new series so I could hardly say no to something so unique and new. This book sounded unique if nothing else. It’s not eve 3.5 stars Being from the Pacific Northwest, I know all about the magical town of Leavenworth Washington. Everything Bavarian. It’s like the Northwest version of Germany year round. The beer and the Christmas festival are famous throughout the Pac NW, even here in Oregon. This book is set in this little hidden mini Germany in the mountains of Washington, and it’s the first in a new series so I could hardly say no to something so unique and new. This book sounded unique if nothing else. It’s not every day that I read a murder mystery set in a quirky town that not many people have heard of and with a brewery. It sounded promising. Even though it was a cozy, it had a little more on an edge with some of the themes which I liked a lot. It wasn’t your traditional cozy but it wasn’t so ‘racy’ to be deemed something other than a cozy. It was charming and yet enticing all the same. The mystery was a fast read and I found myself intrigued by not only the characters but the setting. Everything about this book worked together to create a unique hybrid of genres. I loved Sloan. There was an edge to her that made he not quite fit in with the other characters or townspeople, but yet she wasn’t a completely odd duck. There were many comical moments in this book and a few times I actually laughed out loud. I love when a murder mystery gives me a little dosing of humor with it. The only complaint that I had about this one was there was a TON of information on beer. I felt like I was getting a crash course in beer and brewing. Which on one hand was informative and interesting but on the other hand, I felt like this isn’t a story about beer, it’s a murder mystery. I think the basics would have been plenty for the average reader. At times I felt like the knowledge and background eclipsed some of the plot points. For a mystery that was so fast and enjoyable, it was frustrating when the beer facts started to take over. I have no idea how the author decided to have a mystery set in Leavenworth, but I thought it worked well in this story. It was different and gave an element of charm to the novel. I personally have never been to Leavenworth but I’ve heard enough about it from family members and friends who have visited at Christmas (multiple times) to understand the culture of the town and this book just highlighted the town in a new way for me. I want to visit it now more than ever. This novel is a great opener to what looks to be a promising new series. I don’t know that I loved every single aspect of the story, such as all the beer references, but I liked it enough to keep reading and am looking forward to see the direction the characters take in the next book! See my full review here

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Sadly not as good as Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop mystery series. The selling feature on this novel is that is revolves around a small German like town in America that loves brewing beer. The lead character, Sloan, is a brew master who creates and sells beer! I don't think there is another cozy mystery series out there that revolves around beer. I didn't love Sloan and couldn't connect with her at all. The mystery, like others have mentioned, is a bit on the boring side. It seemed like it was almo Sadly not as good as Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop mystery series. The selling feature on this novel is that is revolves around a small German like town in America that loves brewing beer. The lead character, Sloan, is a brew master who creates and sells beer! I don't think there is another cozy mystery series out there that revolves around beer. I didn't love Sloan and couldn't connect with her at all. The mystery, like others have mentioned, is a bit on the boring side. It seemed like it was almost a side story instead of the main focus. Not sure if I will give this series another chance or just stick with the Bakeshop series. Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin's Press for providing me an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    3.5 stars I've read some of Alexander's Bakeshop Mystery books and enjoyed them so when I saw this one I decided to read it. I love getting in at the start of a new series. Both series are in small towns (different ones) in the Pacific Northwest and I enjoy both settings. In "Death on Tap" the setting is a town that has an interesting niche - they appeal to lovers of German culture, specifically Bavarian culture. Shops and businesses are designed with tourists in mind and follow the German/Bavari 3.5 stars I've read some of Alexander's Bakeshop Mystery books and enjoyed them so when I saw this one I decided to read it. I love getting in at the start of a new series. Both series are in small towns (different ones) in the Pacific Northwest and I enjoy both settings. In "Death on Tap" the setting is a town that has an interesting niche - they appeal to lovers of German culture, specifically Bavarian culture. Shops and businesses are designed with tourists in mind and follow the German/Bavarian theme. When the town celebrates Oktoberfest, it begins in September and goes until November. The town is particularly known for its breweries and pubs. The town is overflowing with microbreweries and nanobreweries. Sloan, our heroine, married young and was happy to be a wife and mother, and to help with the family brewery and pub. She grew up in foster care and has glommed onto her husband's family as her own. She loves them deeply. When her husband moves out after she catches him screwing around, she worries extensively that she'll lose her in-laws and blames her husband for it, even though it hasn't happened and may not happen at all. She's needy when it comes to family, and it got annoying listening to her constantly blame Mac for costing her her relationship with his family when, in fact, no such thing has happened. I wanted to smack her on multiple occasions. I had to remind myself that she was hurting from discovering her husband's infidelity and not thinking rationally. Sloan, with the blessing of her in-laws, who are also her bosses, leaves to work at another brewery and pub that has just opened up. The owner has no clue what he's when it comes to running a pub and only some idea at managing a brewery. He and Sloan hit it off and work well together but at the pub's opening there's a scene followed hours later by a murder. Worried about her new job, Sloan asks around, trying to figure who might have wanted to kill the victim. Then her husband is arrested and for their son's sake, and because she doesn't truly believe Mac did it, she tries to clear his name (even though a part of her would have been happy to let him sit in jail). I guessed who the killer was though not why. When it was revealed why, I was kicking myself because the clues were there. Alexander did have a surprise in store however concerning the investigation that I did not see coming. But again, when I looked back, there were subtle hints. Kudos to the author! Additionally, the author either has experience brewing beer or did extensive research. The book is steeped in the brewing world, a little too much so. It seemed at times as if she was so excited to share her knowledge that she forgot about the story and yet the details of brewing were essential to the mystery. Perhaps it will balance out more in the next series now that she's done the info dump in this book. There was also a surprise concerning the Krause family brewery that sets up all sorts of potential conflict in future stories. I felt the incident near the end with Mac's mother was unnecessary and sad to say, I did spot that a mile off. While it contributes to the future conflicts, it was unnecessary and cliched. I enjoyed "Death on Tap". The brewing and pub industries and the tourist culture were fascinating and I loved the townspeople and their eagerness to help one another. Sloan could be annoying, mac was immature and selfish, and Garrett was a but of a mystery man. Mac's family was sweet as could be and I liked them tremendously. "Death on Tap" has a fantastic cast of characters and an intriguing setting. I'm looking forward to more stories.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Sloan Krause is probably the best beer brewer in Leavenworth WA and has a pretty good life working at her husbands' family brewery and restaurant, Der Keller. Until the day she finds her husband getting it on with a bar maid (known thereafter as beer wench)...then her life takes a little change. No longer wanting to work in the same place as Mac, Sloane gets hired at a new smaller brewery called Nitro, owned by a Garrett, a handsome and nice guy from Seattle. She's just minding her own business Sloan Krause is probably the best beer brewer in Leavenworth WA and has a pretty good life working at her husbands' family brewery and restaurant, Der Keller. Until the day she finds her husband getting it on with a bar maid (known thereafter as beer wench)...then her life takes a little change. No longer wanting to work in the same place as Mac, Sloane gets hired at a new smaller brewery called Nitro, owned by a Garrett, a handsome and nice guy from Seattle. She's just minding her own business helping her new boss get the place into shape (he had inherited it from his Aunt Tess who was a resident of Leavenworth) when she discovers the body of another local brewer floating in the Nitro fermentation tank. She also notices her husband Mac's lighter lying nearby which along with his fingerprints on the tank causes him to get hauled in for the crime. For her 15 year old son Alex's sake, Sloan knows she needs to clear Mac's name. Mac does get out on bail but he continues to try and repent to her saying it'll never happen again blah blah blah. At one point, Sloan is afraid her new boss Garrett may be one of the suspects as well so she proceeds to do some questioning on her own. There were quite a few good suspects and twists in this book. I kind of suspected who ended up being the killer but I really didn't know why at that point so I just let it play out and enjoyed the reading. The take down was exciting even though it wasn't dangerous--I like that as a change up sometimes, the sleuth not being in tons of danger. I also enjoyed the fact that even though the police officer in charge was very by the book, she did ask for and appreciate the help that Sloan and Garrett were able to provide her. I absolutely loved Otto and Ursula, Sloan's in-laws who were more like actual parents to her. They were just so sweet and appreciative of her work. No matter what happens between Sloan and Mac, I know they will always stand by her side. Sloan was a foster child, bounced from one foster to the next so she very much felt like her in-laws were more than just in-laws. The story of her background comes into play towards the end and I don't want to spoil it but I will say I'm looking forward to what she does in future books with what she found out. I didn't think I'd be interested in a book that had to do with beer brewing but it was actually very interesting. Well developed characters and the plot kept moving. I was never once bored and always felt like I wanted to keep on reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    3.5 STARS - I'm getting back into reading cozy mysteries and this book caught my attention with its focus on craft beer. You see, over the past 2 years or so I've become quite enamoured with beer (I occasionally share a bit of my love of the mighty brew on my Instagram page - bakingbookworm). Pair this love of beer with a side of fiction and you've got a very happy Bookworm. This series is set in Leavenworth, Washington - a small town known for its Oktoberfest celebration. This setting caught my 3.5 STARS - I'm getting back into reading cozy mysteries and this book caught my attention with its focus on craft beer. You see, over the past 2 years or so I've become quite enamoured with beer (I occasionally share a bit of my love of the mighty brew on my Instagram page - bakingbookworm). Pair this love of beer with a side of fiction and you've got a very happy Bookworm. This series is set in Leavenworth, Washington - a small town known for its Oktoberfest celebration. This setting caught my attention because I live near Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario which hosts the biggest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany. Ya, we oompah-pah, appreciate great beer and polka with the best of 'em! Death on Tap is the first book in this new series that pairs a mysterious death with the craft beer industry and includes great ideas for recipes featuring beer (though, sadly, no recipes are shared). I appreciated learning about the different aspects of beer making and think even non-beer lovers will like the info. Readers are quickly pulled into the lives of the Krause family, the small-town vibe and the colourful cast of local characters. In this first book, the mystery took a backseat to the descriptions of the town and beer making and that was okay with me. I enjoyed learning more about the brewing process, ingredients etc. and I appreciate that page time was given to acclimate readers to the setting, back stories and characters. The mystery wraps up nicely but its a revelation of Sloan's personal life at the end of the book that will have readers clamouring to read the next book in the series, The Pint of No Return, ASAP. (note: read them in order for the larger story arcs) I'd suggest pourin' yourself a pint and tucking into this cozy mystery, binge-worthy series. I read both this book and the second book, The Pint of No Return, in just three days. Look for my review of Pint of No Return very soon.

  21. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    I was happy to receive an advance copy of DEATH ON TAP, the first book in Ellie Alexander's brand new Sloan Krause Mystery series! All I can say is, oh my, what an opening line… I loved it!! Sloan has a unique voice, a bit edgy at times and is often humorous. Being raised in the foster system has given her the feeling of being an outsider and maybe not quite fitting in. With the collapse of Sloan’s marriage, even though her mother-in-law and father-in-law are the only parents she’s ever had, she I was happy to receive an advance copy of DEATH ON TAP, the first book in Ellie Alexander's brand new Sloan Krause Mystery series! All I can say is, oh my, what an opening line… I loved it!! Sloan has a unique voice, a bit edgy at times and is often humorous. Being raised in the foster system has given her the feeling of being an outsider and maybe not quite fitting in. With the collapse of Sloan’s marriage, even though her mother-in-law and father-in-law are the only parents she’s ever had, she still feels like she doesn’t belong in the family any longer. At times her doubt about her self-worth to the family made me feel emotional and once or twice tears touched my lashes. Sloan is the type of protagonist the reader wants to cheer for. I also liked that she is also a mom to a teenaged son. This gives added dimension to her character along with unique challenges to working full-time and trying to solve a crime. The town of Leavenworth is a quaint Bavarian-themed setting, perfect for the backdrop of murder by drowning in a brew tank. When suspicion falls on both Sloan’s cheating husband and her new boss, she realizes she needs to find some answers that will clear them both. Okay, she may have considered letting her husband take the blame, but for the sake of their son, decided he needed to be proven innocent. The murder mystery is woven around the theme of beer and I enjoyed the bits and pieces provided about the brewing process. I loved some of the very clever names the author provides for the various brews and wish I could sample some of Sloan’s concoctions! DEATH ON TAP is strong on character development and letting the reader get to know the town and area. I think it’s a good set up for future books in the series. There is also a mystery thread pertaining to Sloan’s life before the foster system that I believe will run through the subsequent books and I look forward to reading future books in this series! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    A great start to a new series by Ellie Alexander, we have quirky (and in the case of one, seriously annoying!) characters, a protagonist who is trying to find herself (and has at least found a family), there are some heavy topics that are touched on lightly (and by that I don't mean dismissed but used so as to not upset readers). The book opens with Sloan Krause realising that in order to finish the beer she is brewing for Der Keller she needs an extra ingredient, having run out to get it (leavin A great start to a new series by Ellie Alexander, we have quirky (and in the case of one, seriously annoying!) characters, a protagonist who is trying to find herself (and has at least found a family), there are some heavy topics that are touched on lightly (and by that I don't mean dismissed but used so as to not upset readers). The book opens with Sloan Krause realising that in order to finish the beer she is brewing for Der Keller she needs an extra ingredient, having run out to get it (leaving the Brewery owner, also her father in law, keeping an eye on the brew) she goes to leave something in her office, only to discover her husband (Mac) doing a lot more than chatting with a barmaid! With all the upset she ends up leaving Der Keller and getting a job at a new local mini/nano-brewery, where she discovers that whilst her new boss Garrett is a brilliant brewer he has no idea on marketing, providing food or indeed making the bar area look welcoming (and whilst the outside might have to look like a transplant from Bavaria both Sloan and Garrett are determined to keep clean, fresh lines inside!) Everything seems to be going smoothly on the opening night, until Mac and the Beer Wench arrive, at which point another customer starts yelling at the Beer Wench and having to be held back, everyone assumes that it was just a little bit too much beer until the next morning when Sloan finds the yeller (Eddie) well and truly dead in the fermenter.  Now she needs to prove that her estranged husband isn't a killer, if only for their son's sake.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    The first book in Ellie Alexander's Sloan Krause mystery series sure doesn't waste much time in kicking off the drama. I mean when the opening sentence details Sloan walking in on her husband in the midst of having sex with a bar waitress, you just know this might be a different kind of story. And I have to say that I found DEATH ON TAP quite enjoyable. It's a bit different of a setup with the plot centering around Leavenworth, Washington. The town is themed like a German town and that carries ov The first book in Ellie Alexander's Sloan Krause mystery series sure doesn't waste much time in kicking off the drama. I mean when the opening sentence details Sloan walking in on her husband in the midst of having sex with a bar waitress, you just know this might be a different kind of story. And I have to say that I found DEATH ON TAP quite enjoyable. It's a bit different of a setup with the plot centering around Leavenworth, Washington. The town is themed like a German town and that carries over into the main businesses all being beer halls of varying sizes. Now being someone who doesn't drink at all (tried it, never liked anything I tried), it might seem odd that I would like a mystery series that pretty much centers around alcohol, but I don't run a restaurant, live in an Irish village or knit either so the setting isn't a problem for me. The strangest part of the whole book was just how light I found the actual mystery to be. Usually if I think that about a plot, I am following that up with some description about why the book didn't work for me. So why is this book different? Easy...it's the characters. Starting with Sloan herself, this book is just packed with an abundance of characters you quickly come to like. Well, not all of them but the ones you hate are designed that way so that gets a pass from me. Anyway, Sloan is just great. She's got a traumatic past that keeps her always a little on alert but she's found a family that she loves and they took her in when she married into the family. The actions of her husband Mac leave her troubled over possibly losing the family she's built. The Krause family runs one of the biggest pubs in town and the parents Otto and Ursula love Sloan to pieces. The younger brother Hans and Sloan's son Alex are great characters as well. But it isn't just the family that makes the story. The other beer brewers/pub owners in town are great support as well. The new guy in town Garrett who's opening a new place called Nitro soon finds himself hiring Sloan and the two instantly make a great team as they get ready to open the business. That's where the mystery comes in. The day after Nitro's soft opening, a body is discovered in the pub's brewing vat. Sloan's husband is soon fingered as a prime suspect and arrested. Sloan may hate what his actions have done to her family but she doesn't believe he would kill someone. This leads her to be on the lookout for clues in order to clear him of the crime. I thought this part of the story was just part and parcel of the overall narrative. This is due to the fact that the majority of the story seems to be centered more on setting up the Nitro business and detailing different aspects of beer brewing than a hardcore investigation by Sloan. And like I said before, this didn't bother me in the least. The briskly paced story kept me glued to each passing chapter and I found myself feeling like I was part of the town and its citizenry. In fact, the eventual reveal of the killer came more as happenstance rather than actively stumbling over that one big clue. Ellie Alexander not only provides a great introduction to the series but also sets up a multitude of storytelling avenues to explore in future books. Dealing with betrayal, the aging of parents, potential alcoholism, the search for family both natural and acquired are just some of those themes and I'm really looking forward to seeing where these all go. Of course, I do want to see the mystery aspect become more of a focus but for now, DEATH ON TAP serves as a darn near perfect introduction for the Sloan Krause mysteries!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by Ellie Alexander, and the first in a new series. I really enjoyed the story and how she developed the characters and the story line. The first line had me laughing as Sloan finds her husband cheating on her with a beer wench, but says she will always remember the sound of the German music as her town, which she calls Beeravia, prepares for Oktoberfest. The story moved I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by Ellie Alexander, and the first in a new series. I really enjoyed the story and how she developed the characters and the story line. The first line had me laughing as Sloan finds her husband cheating on her with a beer wench, but says she will always remember the sound of the German music as her town, which she calls Beeravia, prepares for Oktoberfest. The story moved along nicely, and I found the mystery interesting. I did guess who the killer was, but not until closer to the end, and I was surprised by the motive. I would definitely read more in this series and would recommend to others who enjoy mysteries. I did like that this main character had faith in the police to do a good job, but was asked by the police to Krupp her ears open for gossip that she (the police) might not hear. This felt much more realistic to real-life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    I enjoyed Ellie Alexander's Meet Your Baker so I decided to read the first first book in her new series - Death on Tap. I enjoyed the premise and the main character. I did notice it was slower pacing than I would think a mystery would be but it is the start of the series. I don't think I was invested in the story because of the slow pacing because of it. I felt like if there were a lot more action and twists I would have enjoyed this more. I'm still willing to read the second book to see if the I enjoyed Ellie Alexander's Meet Your Baker so I decided to read the first first book in her new series - Death on Tap. I enjoyed the premise and the main character. I did notice it was slower pacing than I would think a mystery would be but it is the start of the series. I don't think I was invested in the story because of the slow pacing because of it. I felt like if there were a lot more action and twists I would have enjoyed this more. I'm still willing to read the second book to see if the story picks up.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really enjoyed this book! Great insights in the beer brewing world. Great mystery. I predicted the ending but I still enjoyed it and there were multiple possibilities that could have happened. Read this in one sitting. Can’t wait to continue the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the first book in the Sloan Krause series. I thought this was a good start to a series. Sloan was a very realistic character and I loved her relationship with her in laws. The mystery was well done and I am excited to read the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    KWinks

    Proving to myself, once again, that I do not like cozy mysteries, I just finished Death on Tap. In a small town that models itself on a German village, competing breweries busy themselves with creating the best beers. Enter our main character, in the middle of a divorce who can no longer work at the family brewery and goes, instead, to work for a new operation on the block. One really had to suspend some disbelief to get through this. A dead body in a tank, but the brewery is able to open that n Proving to myself, once again, that I do not like cozy mysteries, I just finished Death on Tap. In a small town that models itself on a German village, competing breweries busy themselves with creating the best beers. Enter our main character, in the middle of a divorce who can no longer work at the family brewery and goes, instead, to work for a new operation on the block. One really had to suspend some disbelief to get through this. A dead body in a tank, but the brewery is able to open that night anyway? A cheese tray and some soup feeds hundreds of people at a grand opening. Sigh. Okay, belief suspended. For no reason I truly understand the main character decides to start investigating the murder (sort of). By going to character after character they kind of info dump. All of this while she's fending off the romantic gestures of her soon-to-be ex and her new boss. Sigh. I understand this is the formula for this style of read. Again, it's me not them. I just can't. I did learn why some breweries have that weird band-aid taste in their beers, so.... score! Worth a rating star alone!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    Full disclosure: Before reading this book, I had already read books three and four in this series. And book three in this series--Beyond a Reasonable Stout--was my favorite cozy mystery read of 2020. I think, as a series, the Sloan Krause books knock it out of the part. A unique departure from traditional cozy mysteries by focusing on beer rather than baking, an adorable, fun location in Leavenworth, the faux Bavarian-style village in Washington state, and an extremely likable heroine--which is Full disclosure: Before reading this book, I had already read books three and four in this series. And book three in this series--Beyond a Reasonable Stout--was my favorite cozy mystery read of 2020. I think, as a series, the Sloan Krause books knock it out of the part. A unique departure from traditional cozy mysteries by focusing on beer rather than baking, an adorable, fun location in Leavenworth, the faux Bavarian-style village in Washington state, and an extremely likable heroine--which is surprisingly hard to find in cozy mysteries? It's so hard to find a heroine with a balance of gumption to politeness, and intelligence to naivete, and Sloan manages to do just that. As far as specific books go, this first in series is not as good as it's later counterparts. That's understandable--a set-up book is always a struggle, as an author has to get all their facts and backstory on the table before they can dive into more fun things. It's like a television premier--how many television series premiers were actually good? Psych is the only one I can think of. Death on Tap is a great series opener, and a fine book, so it gets five stars from me. I was also in the position, of having read later books in the series, knowing that many people couldn't have committed the murder. Despite this, and most clearly knowing who the murderer was right away, I didn't fully understand WHY the murder was committed until the author explained it. And that's a feat! I also think this book has an unusual ending for a cozy, but I don't want to spoil it. I think it was a refreshing change of pace. And, well, if you read this one and aren't impressed, I encourage you to keep reading the series, because it's stellar overall and perhaps my favorite cozy mystery series of all time. 5 stars - 8/10

  30. 4 out of 5

    K.B. Wilson

    After reading Alexander’s Bakeshop Mysteries (which I highly recommend) I liked her writing so much that I knew I’d try her new series. Death on Tap is about Sloan Krause, married, mother of one, who happily works at Der Keller brewery with her husband’s German family. All in Leavenworth, a Bavarian themed tourist town. When Sloan catches her husband cheating her whole world is turned upside down. She goes to work for Garrett Strong, owner of the soon to opened Nitro, who has a more modern, chem After reading Alexander’s Bakeshop Mysteries (which I highly recommend) I liked her writing so much that I knew I’d try her new series. Death on Tap is about Sloan Krause, married, mother of one, who happily works at Der Keller brewery with her husband’s German family. All in Leavenworth, a Bavarian themed tourist town. When Sloan catches her husband cheating her whole world is turned upside down. She goes to work for Garrett Strong, owner of the soon to opened Nitro, who has a more modern, chemistry based take on beer brewing. Sloan is helping Garrett with his opening night when a body is found at Nitro. And all the evidence is pointing to her cheating husband Mac as the killer...... • One of the best things about Alexander’s books is how she writes about the towns her series are set in. Just like Ashland’s Shakespearean town, she does it again with Leavenworth, making me want to move there! The best part is that both are real places. Sloan is strong, smart heroine who keeps her head high in the face of trouble. I know nothing about beer but the writing is so well done that that hardly matters. Again she’s created a cast of colourful characters to fill the town & to be suspects. It might be a slightly more mature series that Bakeshop just based on Sloan’s situation & where she is in life. But that’s not a criticism in any way. I’m eager to read more about her & see where her story leads, I will read the next book in the series ☺️

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