Death & The Brewmaster’s Widow
by Loretta Ross

Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow
(An Auction Block Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink (February 8, 2016)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738747057

They call it “the Brewmaster’s Widow”;       the abandoned brewery where Death Bogart’s brother died in an arson fire.

 With his girlfriend, Wren Morgan, Death goes home to St. Louis to take on a deeply personal mystery. When Randy Bogart went into the Einstadt Brewery, he left his broken badge behind at the firehouse. So why did the coroner find one on his body? Every answer leads to more questions. Why did the phony badge have the wrong number? Who set the brewery fire? What is the connection between Randy’s death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves, where the opulent playground of 19th century beer barons falls into slow decay?
Not understanding how and why he lost his brother is breaking the ex-Marine’s heart. But the Brewmaster’s Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prying them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives.

This is a mystery within a mystery rolled into tragic circumstances with another mystery attached!

Money, dysfunctional relationships, envy, greed, plus loyalty and hope all play roles.

Death and Randy are brothers, sons of intelligent lineage, sons and grandsons of ancestors who serve, with a mother who appreciated classic literature. Each brother thinks the other is dead.
Their relationship reminds me of Backdraft.
When Death's observant auctioneer girlfriend notices a slight detail about Randy's badge number, there is no stopping them until the truth is learned.

Deep dark secrets are explored with redeeming qualities and humor.
As we investigate what really happened to Randy, we learn about the people with whom each brother has bonds. I really hope we get to spend time with the St. Louis crew again.

The information about caves and Prohibition era luxuries was very interesting.
The brief mention of ghosts also caught my interest.

I did receive this book in exchange for review.
I look forward to seeing where the brothers go from here.
 Loretta Ross is a writer and historian who lives and works in rural Missouri. She is an alumna of Cottey College and holds a BA in archaeology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has loved mysteries since she first learned to read. Death and the Redheaded Woman will be her first published novel.

Twitter: @lorettasueross  –

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