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.
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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.
"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.
"best cozy mystery I've read in ages!! "
the characters, the story and the reader are all a perfect mix with this one!! I enjoyed it so much, I listened to it twice, which I rarely do. already have the third book in my queue for when it's published. The characters are engaging and funny, which for me, makes a story. enjoy!!
"Great Story, Bad Geography"
This is a good story, with believable, likeable characters. The plot is plausible, with just enough twists to keep us guessing. Amanda Ronconi is a terrific narrator. She really gives each character their own unique voice. I was engaged for the whole ride.
The only hitches came when I hit one of the author's several geographical mistakes about St. Louis. St. Louis sits on the west side of the Mississippi River. So the setting sun my cast the shadows of downtown skyscrapers on the river, but the setting sun would not appear to sparkle on the water unless you were standing in Illinois. Also, it's impossible for the wind to come from the east (rare enough in St. Louis) and then the storm to move off into Illinois. (Illinois is east of St. Louis.)
Another big hitch: no one staying in the heart of the city would travel all the way to the UMSL campus in the suburbs (Normandy, MO) just to use the library. The St. Louis Public Library main branch has exceptional resources, especially regarding city history. If they really needed a university library, St. Louis University and Washington University are bigger and much closer to the neighborhood where the characters were staying.
All through the book, it felt like the author had never been to St. Louis. That would be okay, if she'd done a little more research, and knew east from west.
I will probably buy the next book in this series, provided it's set in the author's fictitious west Missouri town and not a real city.
Glad for the sequel, the first book in the series left me wanting to learn more about the characters and this book gave more about Death, I am hoping the next book in the series if there is one will delve into Wren's background. it was sometimes difficult to tell which character was speaking but I could figured it out as the dialogue progressed
While I like the characters, the plot in this installment of the series is pretty unbelievable.
"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.
Fantastic book.I really like the personality of each person. Lots of drama mystery, and funny parts.
"good book worth a credit"
The is a seamless continuation of book 1. Action flows along with the story of a dead brother--or is he. I only have one comment. I feel the points of interest should have been all concluded--telling you completely how they got away with it. Blood tests, dental records I understand but you should have given these points a little more time.
Fun and funny.
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.
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.
Yes. I'm looking forward to the next one.
I'd really like to hear more about Wren's background.
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