Without a Brew review

This is the fourth book in the Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander who also writes the long running Bakeshop series as well as books under the name of Kate Dyer-Seeley. I’ve enjoyed that the Sloan Krause series has an ongoing personal mystery for Sloan much like the mystery that ran through the Pacific Northwest series she wrote as Kate. Sloan got hit with quite a bit of information lately about her past, so the next book is going to be interesting to see what she does with it or uncovers.

My Goodreads review:

Without a Brew (Sloan Krause #4)Without a Brew by Ellie Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great to get back to Leavenworth and the Nitro pub for another visit with Sloan, Garrett, Kat and crew. They sure had a disagreeable guest this time while they were only doing a soft opening of their B&B part of the pub, but with the IceFest coming up, they were the only place in town that had any rooms at all. There were actually two mysteries, but they eventually connected. I would never have guessed part of the one or the why of the killer. I had a feeling about who the killer was and who I wanted it to be lol.

Sloan’s own side mystery was really coming together with a visit from Sally who’d already dropped some disturbing news to her last time. This time she had some concrete notes talking about this subject, something that was very devastating to Sloan. I’m not sure what I would have done in her place, because the news was pretty wild. It didn’t leave with a mini cliffhanger as it’s been doing, although we’re still left to wonder what the truth really is about her past and the people involved in it. It’ll be an interesting ride, since the Sloan we all know and love isn’t going to stop until she’s got the answers she’s looking for.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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The Pint of No Return–Ellie Alexander

This is the second book in the Sloan Krause series by Ellie Alexander. I finished the first one on January 1 this year. I think I enjoyed this one even more, since we got to learn a little more about Sloan’s past. I love her German family, her soon-to-be ex-husband’s parents and their son as well as her brewery employer, Garrett. I hope things keep going well between them. It’s a sweet friendship that’s building slowly. I hope we don’t have to wait almost a year for the next book. I’m even more interested now in the mystery of Sloan finding her birth parents.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Goodreads review:

The Pint of No Return (A Sloan Krause Mystery, #2)The Pint of No Return by Ellie Alexander

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a really enjoyable followup to the first book I read this year in this series. It was very hard to put down and moved at just the perfect pace.

It was Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, WA and a film crew was visiting to make a documentary. The director took a real interest in Sloan as a female brewer. When the host of the documentary ended up murdered, Sloan began to suspect the film crew members as well as one of the town’s own people. Could she and Garrett help police Chief Meyers find the killer before the killer decided that Sloan was getting too close to the truth?

I’m enjoying the side mystery of Sloan’s search for her birth parents. I had almost forgotten about it from the first book, but it goes into a little more detail in this book by introducing Sally, Sloan’s old case worker. Sally thought something was off about the case when she was working it and apologized to Sloan for not investigating then. I do like that when all is said and done, Sloan is truly happy where she is now with her son and her Krause family. I’m still interested in finding out what comes of the investigation and why her parents gave her up when they clearly loved her.

I like the friendship that’s developing between Garrett and Sloan. It’s sweet and slow, and she’s open to it too as she imagines herself becoming closer to him. The new character of Kat was fun too, and I hope she stays around.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thanks to both of them.

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