by Loretta Ross
Series: An Auction Block Mystery #2
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Narration: 4.5 cups
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. Prising them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives
DEATH & THE BREWMASTER’S WIDOW by Loretta Ross is the second novel in the Auction Block Mystery series. Once again I chose to listen to the narrations of Amanda Ronconi. Suspenseful with action, danger, and the unthinkable “whodunit.” Ross delivered and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Death (pronounced Deeth) heads home to St. Louis to settle his brother’s estate. He is also looking for answers as to what happened at the Einstadt Brewery where firefighter Randy Bogart lost his life. Wren Morgan Death’s girlfriend decides to travel to St. Louis to help Death deal with everything. The two soon find themselves investigating when questions about Randy’s badge emerge.
In the first novel Death really showed off his investigative skills, but in book two, Wren really gets to shine. I enjoyed gathering clues and explore the Cherokee Caves. Ross made the listener privy to things the characters themselves did not know and it added excitement. It was a clever whodunit that pushed the borders of reality while still feeling believable.
What I really love about this series is that it offers more than your typical cozy. The characters are complex and even the secondary characters hold their own. Death is fascinating. He is new to the PI business after his career as a Marine ended when he was injured in Afganistan. He has lung issues and suffers from PTSD. Both are hard for Death to handle. Ross does a wonderful job of sharing his fears and the reality of living with them. I adore Wren our auctioneer. She is smart, funny and good for Death. She makes me smile and at times had me laughing out loud. We get to meet Death’s ex and you will love to hate her. New characters are introduced and we learn more about Wren’s family.
Amanda Ronconi continues to narrate the series and does a fantastic job portraying the characters and capturing the tone of the story. Characters are easily recognizable and sound genuine.
DEATH & THE BREWMASTER’S WIDOW was a delightful whodunit! While each of the books share a single case, I recommend listening to them in order. I myself cannot wait for the next audio!Loretta Ross delivered a clever whodunit in Death & the Brewmaster's Widow Click To Tweet