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.
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.
Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal. That’ll have to do.
GREEN SMOOTHIE MURDER (Book 1)- RATED 3
Autumn Wood, the proud owner of the Harmony Café, has done her best to make healthier choices and rid her life of toxins, starting with her irksome ex-husband. But when a local homeless man is found dead behind her café, the small-town of Mineral Springs thinks she is to blame. To prove her innocence and save her business, Autumn sets out to find answers with her fun-loving Westie. Her sleuthing leads her to an unlikely culprit and a deadly fight for her life.
SMOOTHIE BOWL MURDER (Book 2)- RATED 2
When Autumn Wood, owner of the Harmony Café, covers her sister’s shift at a local hotel, she finds much more than wrinkled linens and dirty breakfast trays. What started out as a good deed to keep her sister from being fired, again, quickly turns into a murder investigation when a body turns up in one of the guest rooms. Autumn does some sleuthing of her own with the help of her adventurous Westie. But with an annual bow hunting trade show in town and an angry group of animal rights activists parading the streets, her list of suspects is quite long. The clock is ticking, and Autumn must uncover the truth before the killer takes another shot.
SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE MURDER (Book 3)- RATED 3
Autumn Wood, the owner of the Harmony Café, joins a white water rafting team and participates in the town’s annual river parade. But when the leader of the group is found dead, Autumn realizes that the culprit is just as cold and erratic as the river’s perilous rapids. With the help of her friendly Westie and buoyant neighbor, she hunts for clues. Her list of suspects includes a local physician, a sci-fi enthusiast, and a disgruntled employee, and it’s only a matter of time before someone else falls to their watery grave.