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 nineteenth-century beer barons. But the Brewmaster's Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prying them loose could cost Death and Wren their lives.
"There are fewer auctions in this second series entry, but readers won't mind as the twisty, Hitchock-style plot unfolds...Ross is an author to watch."Booklist
"The second case for Death and Wren uses an intriguing premise to flesh out the charming detective duo."Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Loretta Ross (Warsaw, MO) earned her BA in art history and archaeology from the University of MissouriColumbia. Death and the Redheaded Woman was her debut novel.
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Great voice. Characters are hysterical. Easy fast,engrossing read. Wish there were more in series.
Title: Death & the Brewmaster's Widow - Auction Block Mystery 2 Author: Loretta Ross Published: 2-8-16 Publisher: Midnight Inc Pages: 266 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Women's Fiction; ISBN: 9780738747057 ASIN: B019KKTWU4 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . When Death's firefighter brother Baranduin "Randy" dies, his personal belongings including his badge are sent to his family. It is found that Randy died of an aneurism when he was trapped under a fallen bookcase in the fire. Death and Wren finds out from Randy's Captain that the badge found on the body was not Randy's. Though the numbers on the badges are very similar, they are different. Death needs to know why Randy had the badge so he and Wren go to St Louis, Missouri to settle his brother's estate and find some answers. Ms. Ross' attention to detail is very apparent in Death & the Brewmaster's Widow. I can only assume that her historical details are similarly detailed. She uses her words to paint a picture to bring the story alive for the reader. She gives them characters that seem so real story seems more memoir than fiction we are allowed to watch unfold. She blends history and present day in her stories much to my enjoyment. I found this series by accident and am so glad I did. I hope Loretta Ross has many more mysteries for Death and Wren to solve. As one of her readers I plan to follow each and every one.
Dollycas’s Thoughts The first book in this series made my Best Reads of 2015 list. I couldn’t wait for this book to be released because we were given a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the last one. Wren Morgan and Death (Dee-th) “it’s a family name” Bogart are in St. Louis to wrap up affairs after Death’s brother is killed in an arson fire. But there is a mystery surrounding his death because he was found wearing a badge with the wrong number. His correct badge had a broken clasp and was left back at the fire station. Could this badge mix up have something to do with the fire? Wren and Death take us deep into The Brewmaster’s Widow and her secrets to find out. I am going to say this up front. This book can be read as a stand alone but you really need to read Death and the Redheaded Woman to get to know this amazing couple. Wren Morgan is an assistant auctioneer and Death is a a private eye/bounty hunter. They meet and their relationship just grows and grows. He is a vet with not only PTSD, but physical disabilities too. Her life hasn’t been easy and she needs someone to lean on. They are just better together. These character are written so beautifully. In this story Death’s brother Randy died while Death was still deployed. Randy thought Death had been killed in the war. As Death tries to wrap up Randy’s life there seem to be more questions than answers. Before Death can move on he needs to know why his didn’t get out of that building alive. He and Wren go to great lengths to find the answers. I read this book quickly in an afternoon. I had a little suspicion about where we were headed but it was a wild ride to get there. I am so impressed with this author’s writing. She builds the story with intrigue, romance, and humor in a way that deflects your mind from everything around you and holds your attention fully. Both my dad and my husband were firefighters. I lived the fear of someone getting hurt at a scene. Dying at one would be unfathomable. Randy’s death effected not only his brother, but his chief, his fellow firefighters and so many others that knew him. Ross wrote this in an a way that we knew what everyone was feeling but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story as a whole. All her characters and their reactions and demeanor in the story were very believable. The setting in the old brewery was so interesting. I enjoyed learning the history of the structure closed down at the start of prohibition in the 1920’s. It was quite a place. A perfect place for a mystery. I love where Loretta Ross has taken us and these characters, and the little teaser she gave us at the end of this story tells us we are headed on another mysterious adventure soon. Just like the last time, I can’t wait! Just a little spoiler alert – We finally learn Death D. Bogart’s middle name and it’s a doozy.