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.
"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.
"Excellent two book series."
Hope she continues the series. Books were funny, riveting, and kept me in the edge of my seat.
"A great sequel"
Yes, the characters are the best
Not really on edge but it was good
The combined investigation of Death and Wren
Lots of laughs
With the 3rd book in the series coming out at the time of this review, I wanted to catch up on the 2nd in the series. It picks right back up where the other left off and once again shows that this isn't the typical mystery novel - for the better.
The characters are still fun and the story is entertaining. This one had a few less clues and a few leaps of believably but with the two main characters still clever and interesting it's just a fun read. I will definitely be continuing with the series for as long as it goes. Final Grade - B+
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.
"A bit short but a fun and easy listen."
A feel good listen, with some fun and good laughs. looking forward to the next one.
This is the second book in the series and I was waiting impatiently for it to come out. It was so good now I'm hoping for another.
Easy entertaining read. Well written with fast moving plot, although at times it does seem fantastical and juvenile. Nancy Drew in her 30's. Still I would recommend it to friends. Obviously Loretta Ross did do a lot research. Not the great American novel but it was never meant to be. I enjoyed it.
I absolutely loved this book...listened straight through & was not disappointed...another great job by Amanda Ronconi! I am looking forward to the next book by this author!
"Brilliant novel, author and narrator."
Brilliant, as are all the Auction Block mysteries. If you're looking for hot steamy sex scenes, then look elsewhere.
Loretta Ross has absolutely no need to pad her novels out with sex to sell books. Thank goodness for an author who can write fiction, not only, with three dimensional characters but a strong storyline that keeps me wanting the next book and the one after and so on.
Bless you too Amanda Ronconi for your fantastic narration. I first heard your voice in EJ Copperman's Haunted Guesthouse series and I've been hooked since then. You and your authors are a match made in heaven. You take the flat words and three dimensional characters, giving them life and colour, it's like watching a hologram with the ability to feel their emotions.
HINT TO AUDIBLE: More writers like Loretta Ross, EJ Copperman, Sophie Kelly, Rebecca Deel etc and pair them with Amanda Ronconi PLEASE.
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