“Death on Tap” has a very different topic when it comes to cozy mysteries. Author Ellie Alexander has taken on beer brewing. You don't see cozy mysteries with beer brewing as the center topic. I’m not much into that topic, but I decided to try and see how it came together with a cozy storyline. I found the characters to be interesting with a realistic air about them. I always seem to enjoy characters that are more realistic and the author gave me that. I did enjoy the descriptions of the Pacific Northwest and you could almost place yourself there.
I was mainly interested in the mystery part of the book, but I didn't feel that there was much to it. To me, it was more about the beer brewing than the real mystery of the story. The who "dun it" was a bit obvious, but the reason why left at question as I turned the pages. There was a bit of humor to the book, which was refreshing. Still the mystery of the book, I felt, needed work. I'm hoping that, this being the first in the series, it will get better with the second book. I’m waiting for it to see if things improve for me. I did find the title to be catchy.
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.