Deadly Brew

Deadly Brew

by Karen MacInerney

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ISBN-13: 9781976029882
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 161,648
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Deadly Brew 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Great Series! I have been a fan since the first book and always look forward to seeing what kind of mystery Lucy Resnick will find herself in the middle of trying to solve. This third book in the series was a unique murder mystery as it centered around an exotic game ranch, surely an unusual story line for a cozy mystery...and I loved every minute of it. The story starts at a costume party thrown by the two town witches, tarot card reading and all. I could just picture myself there among the crowd enjoying the meade. The owner of the game ranch comes to the party and has words with one of the (witch) sisters and soon after dies. The town tongues are wagging that the witch put a spell on him and caused his death. This frame of mind is also evident in the fact that the Sheriff is sure she did it and doesn't go out of his way to look at anyone else. Of course, Lucy knows her friend couldn't have done such a thing, so she sets out to ask lots of questions until she finds the answers to set her friend free and put the right person behind bars.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Deadly Brew is the third book in the Dewberry Farm Mysteries series. Running Dewberry Farm on a tight budget, Lucy is dismayed when she learns that she needs to have a new well drilled. The dry well couldn’t have come at a worse time as she has just planted a Fall crop of broccoli and the plants won’t last long without water. Quinn Sloane, owner of the Blue Onion cafe, hoping to take Lucy’s mind off her dilemma, reminds her at tonight is the first annual Witches’ Ball to be held at the Honeyed Moon Mead Winery. That evening Lucy and Quinn meet up with their boyfriends, Tobias and Peter, to have an enjoyable evening out. The ball is being held to benefit rescued animals that Serafine, owner of Honeyd Moon, cares for. Peter is finally convinced to have the Tarot Cards read by Aimee, sister of Serafine. The final card dealt is the Grim Reaper or “death card”, but Aimee comments that it doesn’t always mean death. But Teena Marburger, who is reputed to have “the sight,” says that yes, someone will die. After the reading, they head over to where Serafine is selling her Honeyed Mead and she is having a heated talk with Bug Wharton, owner of an exotic game ranch. The discussion centers around Wharton’s ranch and the unnecessary shooting of animals on his ranch. Bug finishes his drink and leaves, heading for his truck. Minutes later Mitch comes running and calling for help for his brother. Lucy and her friends immediately head for the truck and Tobias believes he is suffering from a bee sting, which is confirmed when Bug wants the EpiPen that is in the glove box. Peter find the EpiPen and gives to Tobias who administers what is hoped to be the life-saving dose. But it is not to be and Bug passes away a short time later. As Sheriff Rooster Kocurek begins to investigate the scene and interview the people at the scene, he is confident that this will be an open and shut case. He has targeted Serafine and Peter. But Lucy feels that Rooster isn’t looking at all the facts and with Tobias’ help they set off to do their own investigation. They feel that the ranch is where the investigation needs to head. When an office at the ranch is burned and the attempted murder of the farm manager, they are sure they are on the right path. This is another well-plotted and written story from Maren MacInerney with enjoyable and believable characters. Recipes are also included with the book. I’m looking forward to the next book in the story.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better and better! It's Halloween in Buttercup, Texas and the third installment in Karen MacInerney's Dewberry Farm Mystery series, Deadly Brew, starts off with the murder of exotic game ranch owner Bug Wharton at the Witches' Ball hosted by Buttercup's local witches, Serafine and Aimee Alexandre. Serafine is suspected immediately since she had a very public and loud disagreement with Bug right before his death, but intrepid reporter turned rancher Lucy knows there's more to the story. On top of the murder Lucy's well has dried up, there are drought conditions in Buttercup, a legendary animal may be attacking local livestock, a haunted house has been relocated to Dewberry Farm, and Quinn's abusive ex-husband has returned. 5/5 stars to this very cozy page-turner! p.s. Love the included recipes and I'm looking forward to trying the pumpkin bars and apple dumplings! :-)
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
More Trouble is Brewing in Buttercup I’ve noticed in the last couple of years that more authors are adding Christmas entries to their cozy mystery series. Considering how much I love Christmas, I’m hardly complaining about that, but I do find it funny that Halloween isn’t used more since it fits in so well with the murder mystery theme. Karen MacInerney decided it was the perfect season for Deadly Brew, the fun third book in her Dewberry Farm series. It may be October, but it is hardly cooling down in Texas. That’s a problem for a farmer like Lucy Resnick, especially when it’s been a dry summer yet again, since it has left her well dry. Meanwhile, there is something in the area attacking live stock, and the local rumor mill is attributing it to a mythological creature. And Lucy’s moved a historic house from the area to her property only to learn that it just might be haunted. With all this going on, Lucy is looking forward to a relaxing evening at the Witches’ Ball. The evening ends in tragedy, however, when Bug Wharton dies. He had opened an exotic game ranch in the area. While his ranch was less than popular with Lucy and her friends, she didn’t wish him dead. But when a fatal reaction to a bee sting becomes linked to the murder, Lucy knows that her friends will becomes the sheriff’s prime suspects, and he’s not known for changing his mind easily. Can Lucy find the truth? Obviously, there’s a lot going on with a good mystery and several sub-plots. That means the book never lacks for something happening. I was always turning pages trying to find out what would happen next and how Lucy would figure things out. Unfortunately, one plot point is left dangling, but the rest are wrapped up in a satisfactory manner. And the climax is fun, creative, and suspenseful. This being the third book in the series, we’re really getting to know Lucy and a couple of core characters, and I loved spending more time with them. Naturally, we meet some new characters here, and they are strong as well. And we get a couple of updates on characters we’ve met in previous books. I was glad to see these cameos, but they do come with a warning. By necessity, events from the previous books in the series are spoiled. That means you’ll need to read the series in order, which isn’t really a hardship at all. Unfortunately, this book did need another pass by an editor. At least in the digital version I read, there are a number of continuity issues. They don’t interfere with the plot of the mystery, but they were annoying, especially when they made me scroll back to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Hopefully, these are fixed in later versions of the book. If you are looking for Halloween atmosphere, you’ve come to the right place. While never leaving the cozy mystery genre, this book hass a hint of spookiness that is just plain fun and adds a nice flavor to this particular book. Combine that with the light hint of paranormal the series usually has, and you’ve got a perfect book to read in October. And yes, there are recipes. No surprise that two of the four are pumpkin recipes, including a delicious sounding pumpkin bar and pumpkin butter. If you are looking for a fun cozy to read during October, look no further than Deadly Brew. But no matter what time of the year you read this book, you’ll enjoy it. NOTE: I received a copy of this book.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
Deadly Brew is the most recent installment in the Dewberry Farms mystery series by Karen MacInerney and the inside is as perfect as the cover. While all of the books in the series can definitely be read by themselves, the whole series is great and the characters grow with each book. In Deadly Brew all is not right in Buttercup, Texas. Lucy's well has run dry, her crops desperately need to be watered, and there is no rain in sight. Add to that the man who has just opened a big game hunting farm is murdered at the Fall Festival and Lucy and Tobias (Lucy's veterinary boyfriend) are first on the scene. Can you say suspects? When Serafine, the owner of the Honeyed Moon Mead Winery is arrested for the murder, Lucy knows she must try to uncover the truth, because the bumbling sheriff figures he has arrested someone and the investigation is over. The Dewberry Farms series is the third (and most recent) series by Karen MacInerney and I like reading all three. The characters in each are as different as possible from each other, but they are all well written, likable, and inquisitive. They are people you would expect to run into at the grocery store or over the backyard fence, who just happen to have a knack for solving crimes.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
Deadly Brew is the most recent installment in the Dewberry Farms mystery series by Karen MacInerney and the inside is as perfect as the cover. While all of the books in the series can definitely be read by themselves, the whole series is great and the characters grow with each book. In Deadly Brew all is not right in Buttercup, Texas. Lucy's well has run dry, her crops desperately need to be watered, and there is no rain in sight. Add to that the man who has just opened a big game hunting farm is murdered at the Fall Festival and Lucy and Tobias (Lucy's veterinary boyfriend) are first on the scene. Can you say suspects? When Serafine, the owner of the Honeyed Moon Mead Winery is arrested for the murder, Lucy knows she must try to uncover the truth, because the bumbling sheriff figures he has arrested someone and the investigation is over. The Dewberry Farms series is the third (and most recent) series by Karen MacInerney and I like reading all three. The characters in each are as different as possible from each other, but they are all well written, likable, and inquisitive. They are people you would expect to run into at the grocery store or over the backyard fence, who just happen to have a knack for solving crimes.
Meaganab More than 1 year ago
Chupacabras, Kangaroos, and Bees, Oh My! Deadly Brew is the 3rd book in the Dewberry Farm Mystery series by Karen MacInerney. The book opens with former investigative reporter turned farmer, Lucy Resnick's, well running dry and with no rain in the forecast, things are looking dire for her fall crop. To help get her mind off her troubles at home, Lucy's best friend, Quinn, encourages her to not forgo the first-ever Buttercup Witches' Ball at the Honeyed Moon Mead Winery that evening. While at the Ball, more trouble finds Lucy and her friends with an ominous tarot card reading and the sudden death of Bug Wharton, proprietor of the local and pricey exotic game ranch. An arrest is soon made by the inept Sheriff Rooster, who shows no signs of investigating further despite additional evidence and more likely suspects. After an arson attempt and another attack, Lucy quickly realizes that it is up to her and her friends to solve the murder before one of them is the next target. This was the first book that I have read in the series and I absolutely want to continue reading the series from the beginning. I think that is the sign of a great author, when a book in their series can stand alone. Enough information is provided where I don't feel lost jumping into the series and it was intriguing enough to make me want to start the series from book #1. I really loved this book from start to finish, the recipes at the end...BONUS! The plot was fast placed, didn't drag and was full of twists and turns. Having the main character as a previous investigative reporter, makes it more believable when she solves the crime. The way the victim was murdered was very unique and perfectly exemplifies the author's creativity. The reasons behind the murder are even more jaw-dropping and not something I ever saw coming. Add in a chupacabra, a haunted house and a psycho ex-boyfriend, and you have the recipe for a great read. The author's witty sense of humor comes out in her writing and her detailed descriptions make you feel like you are sweltering in the hot Texas sun. I received an electronic copy of the book from the author. In no way did my receiving a free book influence my review. Seriously, it was a fantastic read!!!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Deadly Brew by Karen MacInerney is the third chapter in A Dewberry Farm Mystery series. Lucy Resnick owns Dewberry Farm in Buttercup, Texas. It has been a dry summer with no rain for the last five months, and now Lucy’s well has run dry. She needs to find a way to get water for her animals, plants and herself. Tonight, though, Lucy is off to Buttercup’s first Witches’ Ball at Honeyed Moon Mead Winery owned by Serafine Alexandre. They are enjoying the festivities including tarot reading when a scream rings out. They run over to find Bug Wharton, owner of the controversial Safari Exotic Game Ranch, struggling to breathe in his truck. They administer the requested Epi-Pen, but Bug fails to survive. Sheriff Rooster Kocurek quickly zeros in on Serafine as the guilty party (because she is Wiccan). Lucy knows Serafine did not harm Bug and starts hunting for the killer. Reports are coming in about a supposed Chupacabra on the loose. Animals are being harmed and the descriptions of the beast are varied. To add to Lucy’s already full plate, the old Ulrich farmhouse that Lucy rescued appears to be haunted and Quinn’s abusive ex has returned to town. And Lucy thought life in Buttercup would be relaxing! Join Lucy for a Halloween adventure in Deadly Brew! Deadly Brew is nicely written, has a good pace, and a lovely setting. It contains quirky, fun characters that readers will enjoy getting to know and spend time with in each A Dewberry Farm Mystery. I do not recommend starting with Deadly Brew (you might be a little lost in the beginning). It is best to read the series in order. There are some details missing from Deadly Brew (why Rooster is sheriff for example—isn’t it time for an election). My rating for Deadly Brew is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The mystery is clever and many people will be surprised with the outcome. I appreciated the paranormal elements in the story. I hope we see more of it in the future books in the series. There is some repetition of information regarding the main mystery, the goats (one is named Hot Lips), lack of rain and the exotic game ranch. There are recipes for the dishes and drink mentioned in the story at the end of the book. Deadly Brew is an entertaining and action packed cozy mystery that will put you in the Halloween spirit. I look forward to the next installment in A Dewberry Farm Mystery series.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of pumpkin spice and all things fall, Deadly Brew (#3 in the Dewberry Farm Mysteries) is enormously entertaining and just the perfect amount of spooky for a fun autumn cozy mystery. Lucy Resnick owns a small farm in the tiny, charming town of Buttercup, Texas. She's made some lovable (and kooky!) friends in her new home town, including a pair of self-proclaimed witches, a cafe owner being stalked by an unstable ex, the local hippies, and the handsome town vet. She's made enemies, too - including the sheriff and a neighboring rancher who drops dead at a community Halloween party. If witches, ghosts, and a murder aren't enough, there's a chupacabra on the loose, a drought threatening disaster, and an inside look at the business of big-game hunting. Charming and compelling from beginning to end, pour yourself a cup of cider and enjoy reading Deadly Brew. While Deadly Brew could be enjoyed as a standalone, as a fan of Karen MacInerney and the Dewberry Farm Mysteries, I would highly encourage you to start at Killer Jam if you're new to the series. You will not be disappointed!