Okay, well, there's my first review. I hope it's helpful to anyone reading it. View all 3 comments. I described the first Zebulon Finch book as "Eighteen separate layers of awesome drizzled with a liberal helping of amazing. Although I would only grant this book sixteen layers of awesome, that is still a significant portion of awesome, and well above the daily-recommended amount. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch continues to be one of the best young adult series that I have ever read. With a writing style reminiscent of " I described the first Zebulon Finch book as "Eighteen separate layers of awesome drizzled with a liberal helping of amazing.
With a writing style reminiscent of "Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell" and an intensely dark and creepy story. While I find the time period less interesting than the first half of the twentieth century, it still grabbed me right from the first sentence. I found this second volume to be much darker and more pessimistic than the first, which made me happy, but could scare off some more easily bothered readers.
The second book was amazing, but more intense and disturbing than the first. Grab it if you loved the first one.
Nov 22, Ethan rated it it was amazing Shelves: But those books, as fantastic as they may be, feel utterly common when placed next to Empire Decayed. To witness this achievement, began in book 1, is nothing short of miraculous. Even the word sublime does little to convey its effectiveness. Is there a word that means the same, but indicates a darker connotation, a heartwrenching, emotionally draining work?
Things move by quicker, but with good reason, and this fits the shift in historical focus. I may have liked the setting of book one more, but both are equally good for different reasons. This feels important now more than ever. You should really read all of his books, but to better appreciate this one, at least read Scowler first. The song is one hour and three minutes long. When you finish that chapter, continue to the epilogue. Understand what you can.
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This book made me feel a lot of feelings. Just like the first volume, it's very slow and full of climaxes and falling actions. But this volume felt so much more real. Zebulon is achingly human. It almost hurts to read, but that's how every human is. He messes up, panics, and tries to fix what he's done.
He did a lot more crazy stuff in this book compared to the last one, but he is so much more mature in this book. You can tell that his true age is finally catching up to him, even if he doesn't l This book made me feel a lot of feelings. You can tell that his true age is finally catching up to him, even if he doesn't look it. He's no longer a forever 17 year old trying to live his life like a 17 year old, he is an old man who looks like he is 17 and is just trying to get through life.
It almost makes you think that he's reached some sort of complete insanity and he truly can never die. All in all, this book made me look at life in a different way and taught me how to make sacrifices for those around me, even a simple stranger that appears to be struggling or someone who wronged me years and years ago. I'll miss Zebulon, it was written in a way that made it feel like he was actually talking to you, one on one.
He truly felt like he was more than a fictional character. Oct 29, Stacey Kondla rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book rocked my world as much as the first one did and now I'm actually kind of in mourning. This book is graphic and gritty and will probably offend and horrify and I loved every glorious moment of it! Zebulon Finch is completely epic and a beautiful tribute to life.
Live your life, live with fear and live your life well as it is short and not at all guaranteed. I would highly recommend this duology to anyone who has loved Anne Rice's vampires or Mayfair Witches. Beautiful work, Daniel Kraus! May 10, Holly rated it it was amazing. Mar 05, Nina Marceny rated it it was amazing.
Empire Decayed is a wonderful end to the tour de force that is the Zebulon Finch series. The book follows the title character, Zebulon Finch, who is an animated corpse with dry wit and a criminal streak, as he travels through the 20th century in the USA. In small character-centric stories based on time period, the reader sees not only the history of the United States and its changes, but the changes in Zebulon himself and his developing worldview. The story, along with its narrator, often return Empire Decayed is a wonderful end to the tour de force that is the Zebulon Finch series.
The story, along with its narrator, often returns to this question: How do we find beauty and happiness where all we can see is the fact of our own blindness? The book suggests that beauty and joy can be found in all things, for better or worse, and ultimately we are in charge of our own perceptions of this world and pursuing the things we desire. This might sound hedonistic, because by nature it is, but the message boils down to: This addresses the existential questions that plague all humans without hiding the fact of the hopelessness and ignorance that fills our lives, while still remaining ultimately hopeful.
Towards the end of the novel, the reader meets a man named Ry, and the meeting of him is one of my favorite parts of the book. He is tormented by his demons, specifically a schizophrenic manifestation of Jesus, and is locked in isolation in a mental institution. Zebulon talks to him through the walls, calming him and treating Ry's perceptions as something just as legitimate as those of people who weren't constantly harassed by a hallucination of Jesus. This calms Ry down, and lets him find some solace in his own mind. Not only is this touching, but it points out once again the book's hopeful nihilism - if all we know is our own perception, is it fair to assume someone else's is wrong?
If perception is all we have, then that's what we have to work with. By treating Ry's reality as legitimate, Zebulon helps him where many doctors couldn't, and that is incredibly powerful. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a strong stomach it gets fairly dark at times , an interest in philosophy, and an appreciation of a good adventure story.
Empire Decayed is grotesque, strange, witty, and thoughtful, but at its core it's a book that at once reassures and entertains the reader, and I think that's something all of us could appreciate. Mar 28, Erica rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall it was a very good book, but I could've done without the final chapter especially as I listened to this as an audiobook, which did this chapter no favors, despite being narrated by the wonderful Kirby Heyborne.
As for the rating, I'm a little torn but decided to "round up", because it was, by and large, a very good story, even though it didn't quite live up to its predecessor, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. At the Edge of Empire. Empire Decayed picks up where volume one left off; Zebulon has recently left the glamour of eccentric actress Bridie Valentine's company after tragedy finally managed to catch up with him there too.
Alone, and determined to stay that way, he begins to wander, heading for the least populated place he can find. And for a good while he manages to stay alone, hiding away in the mountains, until his wandering path crosses with another. Thus begins the second part of Zebulon Aaron Finch's life after the death.
In this second volume he finds his way through WWII's Germany via a secret governmental agency, a post-Korea-Pleasantville, into space, becomes a martyr for hire, starts a cult, ends up in an asylum and finally Well, that'd be a spoiler if I told you. While I thought that most, if not actually all, of Zebulon Aaron Finch's death and subsequent life volume one was truly brilliant, volume two 's story was more of an ebb and flow situation; there were some really incredible highlights Apr 24, Roselyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Empire Decayed is heavy, intense and complex.
Much more so than At the Edge of Empire. So much is packed into its pages, and there are so many interesting trains of thought, and so many metaphors to untangle, that it requires time and patience to unpack. But, if you stick with it, you will be rewarded not just with a sense of accomplishment, but with new knowledge, perspectives and insights. Volume two, however, is slower paced and significantly darker. I am in awe of the amount of research that must have gone into this duology for it covers such a wide swath of history in such rich and accurate detail.
I learned more from these books than in most history classes at school. Kraus is remarkable in his ability to bring facts alive and truly make you care about history. For Empire Decayed is never so much about the history itself, but how history affects the people experiencing it.
The characters always take centre stage, and history plays out across their lives, making it tangible and relatable. Yet, at the same time, the characters are never chosen at random, nor are they similar — each is distinct, presenting a different facet of humanity. Zebulon, works on two levels as well, both as character and as metaphor. He is a lonely boy thrust into an adult world and the burden of immortality but also a personification of America. Empire Decayed turns a critical eye to America, peeling back the layers of romanticization and idealization that we often apply to the past to present the darker reality.
This is what the title refers to — the decay of America from the moment it dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Zebulon, the upper class, white, handsome teenage boy, is the obvious personification of America. He continually tries to help others and is arrogant enough to believe that he can, yet fails miserably each time. His ego is often to blame, but other times, even with the best of intentions, things go terribly wrong.
He commits many evil deeds but does some good too, and as a reader, it is left to you to weigh the scales. To decide whether he is god or devil or neither.
I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to live forever, to watch all those you love die, to watch your body rot away before your eyes, to never be able to know for certain that one day there will be a release from your pain. He tries to give his life meaning but fails. He tries to hide himself away from humanity and at that fails too. A rotten corpse may receive some respite, but can never stay hidden for long. Right to the end, Zebulon never manages to attain the redemption he seeks. You are left feeling terribly sorry for him, yet never quite able to fully sympathize with him.
Zebulon, still alive, writing as a disembodied head, from far in the future. It seemed a bit out of joint with the rest of the novel, as it all seemed to fit in with a timeline of Zebulon entrusting Kraus with his manuscript which is then published in the present day. So how did this bit from the future get added to the novel?
But perhaps the point here is to show that time is not linear, that the past and present overlap is surprising ways. Or perhaps the whole novel was one grand delusion of a boy who believed he was immortal? It is a brilliant work of art that will leave me wondering at it for years to come. Apr 17, Sharp Queener rated it it was amazing.
The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch is undoubtedly one of the most amazing works of fiction I have read. The entire book is filled is fantastic prose, based on Zebulon's 19th century upper class childhood, and every character feels fully fleshed out. Zebulon as a character also has serious development, with his mind figuratively aging in his ageless death.
I felt that the second volume has an entirely different feel than the first, as while that one was the rise of an empire, this one is the fal The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch is undoubtedly one of the most amazing works of fiction I have read. I felt that the second volume has an entirely different feel than the first, as while that one was the rise of an empire, this one is the fall of one. Gone are the scenes filled with adventure, camaraderie, and joy that dominated the first books chapters.
Instead, there is a role reversal as the scenes of regret, despair, and a sadder tone begin to take over. While this will likely turn off readers at the start, as it is much slower and less action packed then the first book, the reader will eventually become used to it. The book is similar in its message to books such as Fahrenheit , , and Brave New World, as one of its underlying messages is the problem with mankind's direction. This change in tone is also not random, as the timeline has progressed into the times of WWII, The civil rights movement, and the rise of the suburbs.
In the end, I cannot recommend the book for everyone, as many scenes need to be reread multiple times to get the underlying meaning of Zebulon's words, and it's dark and violent focus often turns readers off, with its theme of hopelessness and pointlessness making some wonder what the book was even about to begin with.
Mar 24, Cameron Russell added it. Won't be getting over this one for a while. Jul 31, K. I still don't think this book is for teens despite Zebulon's perpetual youth.
The themes and horror are quite adult even if Zebulon himself displays juvenile behavior. If you don't mind being in for a long haul and covering a wide-range of time periods and tone shifts, this book th view spoiler [ Goodbye, Zebulon Aaron Finch. If you don't mind being in for a long haul and covering a wide-range of time periods and tone shifts, this book the two volumes together is quite fascinating and well-written. You definitely feel for Zebulon when it's appropriate and hate him when you should.
The supernatural elements are just icing on the cake, really. Apr 23, Bailey rated it it was ok Shelves: Was totally on board with these books until after the 's Mercury stuff. He did not know how to end this damn book. It got weird, it was unnecessary, and I read two giant volumes of a book with the most bullshit ending ever. Very unhappy I spent so much time on these. Do yourself a favor and skip them. RTC for blog tour! Jun 03, stormie rated it really liked it. What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said by other reviewers? Keeping this as spoiler-free as possible, btw!
Kirby Heyborne has done an impeccably great job of reading both the first and the second volume of Zebulon Finch which is no easy feat, given the sheer number of pages in the physical copies, and the expansive list of different characters to bring to life. It's been awhile since I've felt so conflicted at the end of a novel.
It's also been awhile since I've wil What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said by other reviewers? And yet these books could not have been told in any voice save first person, or they would, in my opinion, absolutely lose the magnificent and unique quality of Zebulon's voice and attitude. Zebulon Finch is one of the most 'real' fictional characters I've had the pleasure and displeasure to know. He is complex, equal parts infuriatingly arrogant and heartrendingly lonely.
He is no more a 17 year old by the end of the second novel, but an impossibly old man trapped within a--quite literally--decaying, failing frame. I'll say no more on the latter to avoid spoilers, but the last few 'pages' of the audiobook had me emotionally reeling. With the aforementioned said, I can't understand why in the world this book is shelved as YA.
I'm no expert on YA, granted, and prefer to not read too much of it, but If you've read this far in my review, and aren't put off by gore, violence, and immense physical pain described to a T--and are patient enough to make it through two very long volumes which both admittedly could have been trimmed down some , please, PLEASE pick up a copy of the first volume.
And it is purely brilliant. In her honour, as well as the honour of those I've known who were never given the choice, I shall do the same. 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. Sep 20, Kate Olson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fabulous cozy series started with more depth than many in the genre. Jul 25, Peggy R rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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. 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 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.
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!! Sep 24, Karen rated it it was amazing. Ellie Alexander has a spectacular new series for us cozy mystery lovers and Death on Tap is a very binge worthy book!
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! 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! Mar 19, Paula Adams rated it liked it. 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. Sep 05, Amanda McGill rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.
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. Nov 21, Bea Charmed rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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.
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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. I'm looking forward to more stories. Oct 12, The Lit Bitch rated it liked it. This book sounded unique if nothing else.
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 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. 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. 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 want to visit it now more than ever. This novel is a great opener to what looks to be a promising new series. See my full review here Aug 02, Tari rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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. 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.
Sep 29, K. Davis rated it it was amazing. 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. 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. 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 received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A great start to a new series by Ellie Alexander, we have quirky and in the case of one, seriously annoying! 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!
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! 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. 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.
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. Aug 27, Lisa Morin rated it it was amazing. Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is a fantastic book that will excite cozy mystery fans.
Sloane Krause is a brew master, crafting unique beers for her family's brewery and pub. During an unexpected visit to the brewery on her day off, Sloane interrupts a heart wrenching scene, her husband Mac, having sex with a new barmaid. Feeling devastated and betrayed, Sloane walks out of the brewery, eager to wipe the scene from her brain. Seeking the help of her brother in law, Hans, Sloane finds herself workin Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is a fantastic book that will excite cozy mystery fans. When a new hops grower appears in town, it shakes up the other brewers, and heated words are exchanged.
When one of the men is found floating in a vat of beer at Sloane's new place of employment, chaos ensues and Sloane can't help but get involved. She just doesn't want answers, she wants her husband not to be the number one suspect. This is a great start to a new series and I enjoyed getting to know all the colorful characters in this story. The story is well written and the words flowed smoothly and the pages turned quickly as I was deep into the plot. This is certainly a great book added to the cozy mystery genre. Dec 14, Jenna rated it really liked it. Sloane Krause is a skilled craft brewer.
She is married to Mac and the couple share a son, Alex. Mac's brother, Hans, and his parents, Otto and Ursula, are also key players, as is Garrett, the new-in-town brewer. After growing up in foster care, Sloane cherishes her family above all else. Which is why it is so devastating to find her husband, Mac, cheating on her. The betrayal sends Sloan reeling, and she leaves the safety and comfort of Der Keller, Place: The betrayal sends Sloan reeling, and she leaves the safety and comfort of Der Keller, the Krause family brewing establishment in Leavenworth where she has worked for years.
Sloan gets a fresh start by helping a new brewer in town - Garrett. Garrett's insistence that everything stay secret and locked up is a foreign concept to Sloan, who is so used to the trusting small town life of Leavenworth. And then odd things start happening - Garrett's office is broken into and Sloane finds a body floating in one of the vats. When all evidence seems to indicate Sloane's estranged husband Mac is the culprit, she gets involved in the investigation - he may be a liar and a cheat, but Sloane knows her husband is not a killer.
Ellie Alexander is one of those authors whose work I will always jump at the chance to devour. She writes with a keen attention to detail, character, and a respect for her craft, all of which means a delight for readers. For beer lovers, this book is extra enjoyable! I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for Sloane and her Beervaria community. Aug 16, Lin rated it really liked it. Sloan Krause felt her life was perfect and just as she wished. As a child in the system, her one wish was to have a family. Sloan has far more experience setting up a thriving business in the beer industry than Garrett does and so the newfound experience begins.
You instantly develop a map of the village and its quirky inhabitants! Alexander and was an interesting book to read. Sloan Krause is a surprising woman who grew up in the foster care system so learned at an early age to be independent and not open herself up to anyone. She lucked out when she met the Krause family at a farmers' market, met their oldest son and eventually became part of the family when they married. Sloan believed that she had everything she ever wanted, a fam Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is the first in a new series, Sloan Krause Mystery, by Ms.
Sloan believed that she had everything she ever wanted, a family, and was content. Then she caught her husband with a "beer wench" and her life began to spiral out of control. Then of course there was a murder. I liked Sloane because she is smart, determined, a master brewmaster that is a rank very few women achieve, and capable of handling a brew pub operation from start to finish.
However, I fear Ms. Alexander is setting up a "romance triangle" as this series continues Although the plot is smoothly paced most of this book was to introduce the characters, the town of Leavenworth, WA and beer brewing. Alexander for her attention to detail and her indepth research as I learned so much about beer brewing; and she did it in a way that was easily understandable to even a light drinker like myself.
The murder mystery was almost secondary to the rest of the story and was resolved quickly after much family and personal drama within the Krause family. Definitely an easy read for an afternoon. All of the above opinions are my own. Dec 26, Judy rated it it was amazing. Its been a while since I have been excited about a new series as much as Sloan Krause's. On top of the small town setting as always, I loved the family vibe and loyalty.