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.


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.

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