Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow: An Auction Block Mystery

Loretta Ross. Midnight Ink (midnightink-, $14.99 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-0-7387-4705-7
Ross’s lively second Auction Block mystery (after 2015’s Death and the Redheaded Woman) takes PI Death (pronounced “Deeth”) Bogart and his auctioneer girlfriend, Wren Morgan, to St. Louis to look into the death of Death’s firefighter brother, Randy, who succumbed to an aneurysm while battling an arson blaze at the abandoned brewery known as the Brewmaster’s Widow, which closed at the onset of Prohibition in 1920. That Randy was found wearing a hat with the wrong badge number suggests something is amiss. Death and Wren’s search for answers leads to wealthy Einstadt Brewery heir Andrew Grey and his trophy wife, Alaina, whose physician brother is monitoring Grey’s home care since he suffered a stroke some months earlier. The preposterous becomes believable as more information comes to light, and Death and Wren realize that they must attempt a daring rescue before it’s too late. Readers will look forward to their further adventures. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/21/2015
Release date: 02/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 372 pages - 978-1-4104-8906-7
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