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Cover Reveal ~ A Room With A Brew by Joyce Tremel

It is my pleasure to reveal the cover for the second book in the “Brewing Trouble” mystery series, coming October 3, 2017.

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Title: A ROOM WITH A BREW
Series: Brewing Trouble #3
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Website: Joyce Tremel

Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max’s friend, is acting suspicious. . . Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend’s innocence. To make matters worse, Jake’s snooty ex-fiancée shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she’ll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max.


About the author
Joyce Tremel is the author of Tangled Up in Brew and To Brew or Not to Brew. For more than ten years, she was a police secretary. Her fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her nonfiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband and a spoiled cat.

A Room With A Brew is available for pre-order at retail and online booksellers.

A Day in the Life of Jake Lambert by Joyce Tremel

Tangled Up In BrewHello everyone. I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to say here. Usually my boss and girlfriend, Max takes care of these things. She thought that maybe I’d like to take a turn. Not that I’m complaining. I’m happy to help out.

Max’s full name is Maxine O’Hara (she prefers to be called Max) owns the Allegheny Brew House, a brewpub in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Her brother, Mike is my best friend, so I’ve known her just about all my life. I have to admit when we were kids, it was a little annoying how she followed us around all the time. Don’t tell Max, but when we got older I definitely noticed her—in a good way. She wasn’t nearly as annoying! But we grew up and went our separate ways. When I moved back to Pittsburgh and Mike told me Max was looking for a chef, I jumped at the chance. It was the best decision I ever made.

We’ve been really busy these past few months. Business at the Allegheny Brew House has really taken off since we opened two months ago. Max had a rough start before the opening. Her good friend and chef had been murdered. And there were a couple of close calls before Max figured out who the killer was.

I’m kind of rambling when yinz guys only wanted to know what my typical day was like. Sorry about that. I usually get to the pub around eight or nine. Max is almost always there well before that. She likes the early morning quiet in the brewery—that’s her domain. She’s been teaching me a little about brewing, but most of my time is spent in the kitchen. Anyway, when I get to work, I start prepping for lunch. Before long, the rest of the kitchen staff arrives. We all work pretty well together. Everyone knows what they’re supposed to do and they do it. There’s often a lull in the afternoon and I’ll take a break before we start all over for dinner.

This week has been especially busy because Max and I are getting ready to attend the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival that will take place downtown in the Strip District. There are contests to decide on the best beer and the best burger. I think Max has a good chance to win the Golden Stein for best beer. I’m entering a burger that I’ve been working on. I’ve been driving Max crazy because I’m keeping the burger a secret. It’s been fun watching her try to find out what’s in it. I’ve sworn everyone in the kitchen to secrecy.

The festival should be great fun even though I’m a little nervous about cooking for food critics. It’ll be nice to get to talk to other chefs and brewers and show off our stuff to all the festival goers. Other than the competition, it should be a relaxing time. At least there won’t be any murders.


Tangled Up In Brew is the second book in the Brewing Trouble mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, October 2016.

BEER TODAY, GONE TOMORROW. . .

Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

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About the author
Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. Her flash fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. Her debut novel, To Brew Or Not To Brew was nominated for a 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth by Romantic Times. The second book in the series Tangled Up In Brew, will be released 10.4.2016, and the third book, A Room With A Brew, is tentatively scheduled for release in October 2017. Connect with Joyce at joycetremel.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Tangled Up In Brew. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends October 5, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

A Day in the Life of Maxine “Max” O’Hara by Joyce Tremel

To Brew Or Not To BrewHi! My name is Maxine O’Hara, but everyone calls me Max. And don’t call me Maxie. Only my oldest brother Sean (Father Sean to his parishioners) is allowed to do that. When I was five or six I punched the next door neighbor kid for calling me that. I guess I’m a bit of a tomboy. But with five older brothers, did I even have a choice?

You probably don’t know it, but I’m a certified brewmaster and I’m in the process of opening my very own brewpub in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for me. I like to get to the brewery early in the morning—sometimes even before the sun comes up. It’s so quiet and peaceful then. The aroma of malt and hops both calms and energizes me at the same time, if that makes sense. When I’m brewing my favorite beer—a Hefeweizen—the whole brewery smells like banana bread. I love to see people’s reactions when I tell them there are no bananas involved—only water, malt, hops, and yeast.

I’m usually not alone at the brewpub for long. My assistant and chef Kurt arrives shortly after I do. He’s not only a great cook, he knows the brewing process in and out. His father was one of my instructors in Germany, so beer is in his blood—so to speak. Kurt has been working on a Kirsch Torte recipe that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Chocolate and cherries tend to do that.

We only have two more weeks until our grand opening and we both want everything to be perfect. Lately though, we’ve had a few minor problems. One morning when I arrived, the mirror behind the bar was cracked. On another day, we found the oak bar top had been scratched. I’m sure they were accidents—probably caused by one of the workers doing the renovation who wasn’t as careful as they should have been. No big deal, right?

But then Kurt noticed a loose breaker in the electrical panel and he’s got it in his head that someone is trying to sabotage our opening. I keep telling him he’s being ridiculous. Then today during the plumbing inspection, the inspector found a cracked water line. Kurt is adamant that the water line was deliberately cut.

I refuse to believe someone could be trying to sabotage us. I can’t let myself believe it. Kurt has to be wrong. Doesn’t he?


You can read more about Max and her brewpub in To Brew or Not to Brew, the first book in the NEW “Brewing Trouble” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About To Brew or Not to Brew

The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.

Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast–before her brand new brew biz totally tanks.

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 9 for your chance to win a signed copy of TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

Meet the author
Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. Her flash fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband and a spoiled cat. Her novel, To Brew or Not to Brew is the first in the Brewing Trouble mystery series. The second book in the series, tentatively titled Tangled Up In Brew, will be released late next year.

Visit Joyce at www.joycetremel.com, on Twitter and on Facebook.

My Musing ~ To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel

To Brew Or Not To BrewTo Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel is the first book in the NEW “Brewing Trouble” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2015

An all-new mystery series set in a Pittsburgh craft brew pub, featuring a brewmaster with a head for sleuthing.

The Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification, and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.

Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast—before her brand-new brew biz totally tanks. . .

INCLUDES RECIPES

This was a fun book to read and get to know Maxine O’Hara and her friends. Someone doesn’t want Max to open up her brewpub and with her determination to get to the bottom of this created a nicely executed light and fresh drama that I devoured. I love the comfortable tone and the pacing in this story that little by little we get to know more about Max and also a beer making. I’m not a beer drinker but that didn’t stop me for enjoying what the author has presented. I loved how everyone had a role in this mystery that kept me intrigued as to what was going on. The author did a great job in keeping me busy with the change in direction she presented and I liked how it all played out. The hint of a blossoming romance was an added bonus and it enhanced the telling of this tale. With a lovable cast of characters, a cutie-pie kitty name Hops, great dialogue and a feel-good setting, this was a very enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Max and her friends in this delightfully charming new series that I hope is here to stay for a long time.