In Leavenworth, Washington, the incumbent city councilmember Kristopher Cooperis running for re-election on a platform of making the city dry. Everyone in beertopia is fuming. Leavenworth’s economy relies on keeping the kegs flowing. However, Kristopher turns up dead days before election night. Friends, family, and every other business owner had a motive to kill him, including none other than April Ablin, Leavenworth’s self-described ambassador of all things German. Sloan finds herself defending April and trying to sleuth out a killer amongst a group of familiar faces.
With its beautifully described small-town setting and seamlessly entwined details about brewing beer, this cozy will appeal to beer lovers everywhere as well as readers who enjoy mysteries highlighting family relationships and independent female main characters.
Family is an essential element in this character-driven cozy series following The Pint of No Return. While the primary mystery is solved in each book, the ongoing story line of Sloan’s search for her own family story draws readers back. Fans of Ellery Adams’s Books by the Bay mysteries will recognize Sloan’s need for answers.