Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross

May 22nd, 2017 Kimberly Review 42 Comments

22nd May
Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross
Death & the Brewmaster's Widow
by Loretta Ross
Series: An Auction Block Mystery #2
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration: 4.5 cups
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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

Audiobook Firefighter mystery SUSPENSE

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!

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About Loretta Ross

Loretta Ross

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.

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42 Responses to “Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross”

  1. Geybie's Book Blog

    This sounds like a great cozy mystery. Glad that you enjoyed and loved this book, Kim. Awesome review, as always. Have a great day.

  2. Nick

    Sounds like fun, Kim. I love it when book 2 is just as good as the first. I’m annoyed by the name of the MC though lol.
    Great review!

  3. cindy

    This cozy sounds good ! Great review , I am adding this series to my list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Heidi

    It’s nice that this series is so much more than your average cozy. It sounds wonderful.

  5. Sophia Rose

    You and Angie have me eager to get a shot at this series. I love that the characters are well developed along with the mystery plot and that his PTSD and health issues are handled well.

    The cave exploration sounds fun.

  6. Katherine

    I”m so glad you’re still enjoying the series. I thought this one was a little weaker but I loved getting to know more about Randy so I didn’t mind. I really enjoyed book #3 and hope you do too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Someone just told me that book three didn’t hold up to the first two. So funny how we all feel differently, I am waiting for the audio of book three and hope I enjoy it!

  7. Debbie Haupt

    Ok unthinkable whodonit and St. Louis (my hometown) and the fact that you loved it Kim. I’m in! 🙂 And its only book two yay me. Kim does the first one take place in St. Louis too?

  8. Lark

    I enjoyed this one too, and the next one as well, though I’m not sure it holds up *quite* as well as the first two. I’m glad you’ve discovered the series and look forward to your next review!

  9. Naomi Hop

    It’s good that this book expanded on character growth, and you were able to see more of Wren. Great review Kimberly!

  10. Darlene

    I love cozies, and this series is new to me. I’ll have to add it to my Wishlist! Death sounds like a great character.

  11. Lily B

    aww another cozy to add to this years list XD I really need to read some cozys. I think remembering to call him Deeth tho.. lol