on April 7, 2015 :
Starting up a business is never easy. It’s even more difficult when a body is found at the back dumpster on the opening week.
Joanie Chandler knew she’d have her work cut out for her. She had no idea that work would involve trying to keep her name clear of murder, dealing with an ‘it’s my way or no way’ Mayor, and working out who the woman was who was killed. While doing all of this, she has to deal with the high school queen bee that never seemed to get over herself, or realise that adults don’t play silly one-upmanship games. And, of course, run a business!
Brewing Up Murder is a quick read romantic mystery, but as there are many suspects, the reader is left guessing. Catherine Lynn, very cleverly, gives clues throughout the book. However, these clues are mixed with red herrings so don’t think “I know who it is” too early, because there are a lot of little things that happen that change the suspect spotlight. The romance side of the book is weaved in brilliantly. Jason is dating Courtney - the high school queen bee - and though he is attracted to Joanie, he is torn between his feelings for her and his relationship with Courtney. Joanie was always in love with Jason but kept it to herself as she never wanted to ruin the friendship they had.
For the price, Brewing Up Murder is a great investment and I look forward to the next books in the series. I’d recommend it for fans of romance and mystery.
***I want to highlight that this book is NOT a cliff-hanger nor is it a serial. Brewing Up Murder is a standalone novella.
(reviewed the day of purchase)