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When firefighter Randy Bogart perishes in the arson fire at an abandoned brewery known as the Brewmaster's Widow, Death Bogart and his girlfriend Wren Morgan travel to St. Louis, Missouri, to find closure. They discover that Randy left his badge behind at the firehouse before going to the brewery. But the coroner finds another badge on Randy's body, leaving Death and Wren with more questions than answers.

Desperate to know what really happened, Death and Wren begin to investigate. Their digging leads to a connection between Randy's death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves once used by 19th-century beer barons. But the Brewmaster's Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prying them loose could cost Death and Wren their lives.

©2016 Loretta Ross (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-10-16

Awesome

I really enjoyed this book. Loretta Ross has created two funny, intelligent, witty and well developed characters. Death and Wren are perfect together. I love how she tells other characters in the story that Death is hers. Wren and Death make a great team whether they are hanging out or investigating. The mystery that they are involved in this time, involves Death's brother. This is an emotional and engrossing story. If I could give it 10 stars I would. I can't wait for the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Two mysteries with a surprise ending.

The saga continues of Death (pronounced DEE-th) Bogart, P.I., and Wren Morgan, assistant auctioneer.

Death’s brother Randy died while Death was still deployed. Randy thought Death had been killed in the war. Death is trying to find closure concerning the death of his brother who died a year ago while fighting an arson fire. Now Death has to settle his brother's estate in St. Louis.

Two questions are nagging him: 1) as an experienced firefighter, why didn’t Randy get out of the building alive, and 2) why are there two badges that seemingly belong to Randy. One of the badges the corner has passed along from Randy’s uniform and the other the Chief has and knows to be Randy’s. The two badges have different numbers. Thus, the firehouse Chief has the same questions as Death. Filled with these two nagging questions, Wren joins Death in St. Louis looking for answers.

Two great mysteries in one with a surprise ending that can be read as a stand alone.


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Pretty far fetched & unrealistic plot

This has to be one of the most implausible & unrealistic story lines of all cozy mysteries. I won't reveal what it is, but let's just say it's incredibly far fetched. This wouldn't be so problematic, except for the fact that otherwise the characters are very relatable and realistic, so the contrast is stark. Death & Wren as characters both have really great well written personalities & the performance is spot on. I could picture everything going down & was really entertained the whole time! I just found myself laughing at the ridiculousness of some parts & doing a face palm at some dumb decisions. Otherwise, a great listen & I really enjoy the possibilities for what can come next.

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Another winner

If you could sum up Death and the Brewmaster's Widow in three words, what would they be?

Fun and funny.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not so much the plot, which was kind of obvious. I really liked how this picked up immediately from the 1st book and the relationship between Death and Wren. These are 2 intelligent, well-rounded characters who have good chemistry and a nice connection.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

Ms. Ronconi is outstanding is almost every book I've heard her narrate. She gives Wren, Death, the Keystones (love them!) etc depth and humor.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Any additional comments?

I'd really like to hear more about Wren's background.

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A bit short but a fun and easy listen.

A feel good listen, with some fun and good laughs. looking forward to the next one.

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Another good mystery with top-notch narration

Okay, so I liked the first book better, but this was still a solid mystery for me. It was more of a jigsaw puzzle mystery so it kept me guessing. I think my reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 was my irritation with the disbelief on the part of the ME and the fire chief. Yes, they were sure they knew what happened, but I felt they should have paid more attention to the details (puzzle pieces). But, then, maybe there'd be no angst. Anyway, still a re-read book for me and on to book 3 in the series.

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Fast moving and funny

Well worth a listen. The plot is a little unbelievable but I bought it and enjoyed the story. Lots of humor

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Last line of first book is first line of second

When the first book ended I found myself wondering what the heck the last line was all about. Then I read some reviews for this book and was hooked. I love how the two stories are separate stories but tied together.
Would have liked a !title more of the estate auctions action. The whole auction family is a nice way to mix in the humor. Love the narrator for this series and have already added a couple other books that she narrated to my library.
Can't wait to finish my current book so I can move on to book 3 in the series. I have been to that area along the river so the book came alive for me.

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 06-14-17

EXCELLENT. VERY INTERESTING PLOT.

Most enjoyable. The storyline is very interesting. Death and Wren make a good combination. Their romance is mature and they look out for each other. Very interesting secondary characters. Action paced and the mystery was well written Amanda Ronconi narrated/performed well. I will be downloading the third book and I hope there will be more books will be published soon.

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  • Darci
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-06-17

Excellent two book series.

Hope she continues the series. Books were funny, riveting, and kept me in the edge of my seat.

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  • TrishDS
  • 03-04-17

Brilliant novel, author and narrator.

Brilliant, as are all the Auction Block mysteries. If you're looking for hot steamy sex scenes, then look elsewhere.

Loretta Ross has absolutely no need to pad her novels out with sex to sell books. Thank goodness for an author who can write fiction, not only, with three dimensional characters but a strong storyline that keeps me wanting the next book and the one after and so on.

Bless you too Amanda Ronconi for your fantastic narration. I first heard your voice in EJ Copperman's Haunted Guesthouse series and I've been hooked since then. You and your authors are a match made in heaven. You take the flat words and three dimensional characters, giving them life and colour, it's like watching a hologram with the ability to feel their emotions.

HINT TO AUDIBLE: More writers like Loretta Ross, EJ Copperman, Sophie Kelly, Rebecca Deel etc and pair them with Amanda Ronconi PLEASE.