Synopses & Reviews
Something sinister is brewing for beer connoisseur and amateur sleuth Sloan Krause — the first in Ellie Alexander's brand-new mystery series
The Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, Washington, is home to the Krause family's cheery, generational brewhaus. Sloan Krause, gifted with a nose for hops and a talent for concocting delicious microbrews, has big plans to expand her in-laws' old-school business by creating original, handcrafted German beers... until she sniffs out what's going on between her husband, Mac, and one of his barmaids. Fortunately, Beervaria's hip new microbrewery, Nitro, is about to launch — and owner Garrett Strong hires Sloan on the spot to craft Northwest-inspired ales, whip up a tasty bar menu, and promote his buzz-worthy Pucker Up IPA. It's a win-win for Sloan, who can't help but enjoy Mac's envy at their success. But when Mac is arrested after one of Nitro's competitors is found dead in a fermenting tank, clutching Garrett's secret IPA recipe, Sloan is on the case to exonerate her cheating ex... and uncover who spilled over into murder.
"A charming new series... fascinating and fun." —Kate Carlisle
"A 'hopping' good cozy mystery." —Meg Macy
“Hoist a stein to Ellie Alexander's delightful new series! Brewmaster Sloan Krause is the perfect cozy protagonist: vulnerable enough to keep her heart guarded, yet capable enough to brew ales with the big boys, whip up beer-inspired treats, and of course, solve a murder.” Cindy Brown, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Ivy Meadows mysteries
“A 'hopping' good cozy mystery, overflowing with yeasty details about beer and brewing. Sloan may be torn between her cheating husband and her handsome new boss, but readers will enjoy listening to local gossip and tracking a killer along with her in the charming German-style Beervaria setting of Leavenworth, Washington.” Meg Macy, author of Bearly Departed
“The mountain village of Leavenworth, Washington is hopping and trouble is brewing in this first in a new series by Ellie Alexander. Smooth yet yeasty, with a strong finish, like Sloan Krause's best brew, Death on Tap is an entertaining sip of the world of brew pubs and tourist towns. Sloan, a foster child-turned chef, brewer, and mother, is an intriguing protagonist. Pour me another!” Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries
“In Death on Tap, Ellie Alexander brews up a tasty concoction containing a charming setting, sympathetic characters, and a compelling heroine that kept me turning pages way past my bedtime.” Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries
“Ellie Alexander's prose bubbles like the craft beers her protagonist Sloan Krause brews — a sparkling start to a new series.” Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries and the County Cork Mysteries
“A charming new series featuring Sloan Krause, a clever protagonist and a talented brewer whose knowledge of the science and art of brewing beer is both fascinating and fun. The cozy village and the quirky characters who inhabit it are a delight, and the intriguing mystery will keep readers enthralled to the very end.” Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries
About the Author
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Ellie is the author of the Bakeshop Mysteries, including Another One Bites the Crust. Find her on Facebook to learn more!