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A Room With a Brew

(Brewing Trouble #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.

It's Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub 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
Mass Market Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Berkley Books
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I get so excited every time Joyce Tremel releases a new book!

Readers arrive in town just as the Allegheny Brew House is getting ready for Oktoberfest complete with an “oompah” band. But when one of the group is murdered and her friend Candy is hiding something. Max can’t help herself from doing some investigating on her own.

Max and Jake are such a great couple. She knows beer and he knows food. They are both strong and independent and devoted to each other. Especially when Jak
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been tipsy with anticipation waiting for the release of this third installment of the Brewing Trouble Mysteries.

After I stayed up all night reading A ROOM WITH A BREW, I woke with a severe readers’ hangover. It was worth every minute of it! Author Tremel focused this third book in her series around Oktoberfest. Protagonist Maxine “Max” O’Hara expects to be busy in her brew pub, and she is, but she didn’t expect to be busy in a murder investigation. But it would be out of character for Max n
Stephen Robert Collins
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
American public houses are not like in the UK we sit at tables or outside in the sun but they stand at the bar or sit on wooden stools no dart boards or skittles no card games & no famous lock-ins.
There beer is slop water that cooled served in jugs the sort sloop we would wash are hair in .Not real beer that's dark rich warm & strong.
This set in Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh a German style festival brewery owner Max O'Hara is busy making her beer but she organising the celebrations & hires a Oompah
Mark Baker
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Max O’Hara is getting ready for an Oktoberfest celebration in her brewpub, and part of that is going to listen to the band she’s hired. The evening ends on a weird note when a member of the band claims to recognize one of Max’s friends, something the friend denies. Then a member of the band wants to meet with Max, and a dead body turns up. Can Max figure out what is happening?

This book starts strong and never lets up. I couldn’t put it down, and raced through it, enjoying the twists and turns al
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
received A Room with A Brew on Monday afternoon and quickly settled into read book three of the Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel. This is a cozy mystery series based in Pittsburgh and it centers around main character Max who is the 6th child and only girl in an Irish Catholic family, and she just happens to be a brewpub owner and craft beer maker. In book three her relationship with her new boyfriend and long term crush heats up when his ex-fiancee comes into town.
With the Oktoberfest fe
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ebook
This third entry wasn't as enjoyable for me as the first two books in the series. I read this series because it's about a brewer who happens to solve mysteries when they come her way. This on had far to little about the art of brewing or even just how the restaurant/ brew pub runs. Too much art and not enough beer, and that's from a guy who doesn't even drink.
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I hope book 4 features more of the brew/food. I'll keep reading.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s time for another visit to Pittsburgh and Maxine “Max” O’Hara’s Allegheny Brew House. Max and her staff are getting ready for Oktoberfest. She hires the perfect band for her event, but just Max’s luck, one of the band members turns up murdered.

Max fears the death could somehow be connected to her dear friend Candy. Suddenly, Max is finding out Candy has many secrets in her past, but there’s no way Max believes she's a killer. Max is determined to make sure the real killer is found and brough
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Room With A Brew is the third book in the A Brewing Trouble Mystery series.

Fall is in the air and Maxine, Max to her friends is busy getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest at her brewpub. To go along with the celebration she has tentatively hired an oompah band to perform. She wants to catch their performance before agreeing to finalize the deal so she and fellow shop owners, Candy, Daisy, and Kristie head to the hall where they are playing. During a break, the band comes over and introduces t
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this third book in the series. The stories seem to get better with each offering. I sure wish there were more to come!
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to jump into this series with book 3, but it turned out to be no problem. I easily became familiar with the setting and the characters. The story flowed well and I was hooked in no time. I finished it way faster than I had expected too and I already miss the story.

Max is a brewer who is gearing up for a huge brewfest holiday....Oktoberfest! All she wanted to do was hire an authentic band...but when tragedy strikes one of the members, she is sucked in
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel is the third installment in A Brewing Trouble Mystery series. Maxine “Max” O’Hara owns the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Max is busy preparing for the Oktoberfest weekend she is going to have at the brew house. To see if she wants to hire The Deutschmen, a local oompah band, Max and her girlfriends are going to an event the fire hall. Felix Holt, accordion player, stares at Candy and insists that he knows her from somewhere. Candy ends up be ...more
I slid onto an old piano stool as Daisy Hart placed the fall centerpiece she'd designed on the distress wood counter in her flower shop, Beautiful Blooms.

Max O'Hara is preparing for her first Oktoberfest at Allegheny Brew House. The house chef and Max' boyfriend, Jake is preparing the menu as Max brews the beers. A girl's night out to listen to the band Max has hired for the occasion stirs up a storm of emotion and intrigue for local bakery owner, Candy. Max is on the case when one of the band m
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am loving this series so much! I like the characters and that Max owns a brewpub and brews craft beer. This is the third in the series and I devoured it in one sitting today. While I won't be spoiling anything, just we learned a bit more about one of the steady characters in the series. Looking forward to reading more in the series and by the author. Enjoy. ...more
K.A. Davis
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This third book in the Brewing Trouble series finds Max O’Hara, owner of the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, getting ready to host her first Oktoberfest celebration. The author manages to combine an exciting blend of cold war intrigue, oompah bands, tasty brews, a discovered priceless masterpiece, and murder.

Max’s friend, Candy, a seventy-something old cupcake bakery owner, has had minor roles in the previous two books but in A ROOM WITH A BREW, she takes center stage. I’ve always been curio
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-drinks
What a brilliant third outing for Max and her friends!

This time Max (and her staff including her chef boyfriend Jake) and her friends are getting ready to set up their initial Oktoberfest and one thing they are trying to track down an Oompah band, and they think they have found one - so Max and her girlfriends head off to hear them and confirm the booking.  Whilst they are discussing this one of the band claims to know Candy which she vehemently denies - but she is obviously upset and heads out.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read the third book in this series since I finished the second one, and it was worth the wait! I was happy to delve back into Max's life, with her friends Candy, Kristie and Daisy, her boyfriend/employee Jake, and her big, loving family. This story was really interesting, as we learn more about Candy's history and we meet two people from her past. We also meet some musicians in an oompah band Max has hired for her Oktoberfest celebration, and her parents' new neighbors, an a ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"A Room With a Brew" is a cozy mystery. It's the third book in a series, but you can understand this book without reading the previous ones. However, this book did spoil certain events and motives in the previous mysteries (though not specifically whodunit).

The heroine and her friends were generally nice people. Max made some bad assumptions while investigating but at least took some basic precautions when dealing with potentially dangerous people. While I was able to figure out most of the who
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I know there's a certain amount of suspension of belief that you need to go into this genre with, but this one was patently unbelievable.

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Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

A Room with a Brew
Brewing Trouble #3
Author: Joyce Tremel
ISBN13: 9780425277713
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


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

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub 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. B
Sherry Lynn
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A slightly different setting for a Cozy read (for me) instead of a quiet, quaint and charming little town we are taken to the outskirts of Pittsburgh.

I found it to be an interesting kind kept me on the edge of my seat page turner from the very beginning. Chapter 1 had me interested and turning the pages all the way to the end.

Room with a Brew is a fun story/themed filled with interesting characters. I couldn't help but think of the Umpa Band in the movie Home Alone and picture John Candy as I r
Jackie Nolan
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow!  This was a really suspenseful read.  This was my first book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised.  I'll definitely be going back to read the previous books in this series.  Even with being new to this author and series, the characters were very well developed and I got a pretty good idea about who the characters were and everything.  

The brewpub was a really neat idea for the setting of this series and I enjoyed reading about the process of making the beer.  I was a little confuse
Peggy R
This is the third installment in what I find to be a very enjoyable cozy mystery series. Once again, Max is in the wrong place at the wrong time and discovers another dead body. This time her friend Candy is implicated and Max's Marauder's are out to prove she had nothing to due with this murder. I really enjoy these characters. Max is growing into her own as a pub owner, an amateur sleuth and in her relationship with Jake. It was fun to learn more about Candy and her background as well. Each of ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Room With a Brew by Joyce Tremel was a great afternoon read. I request this series from my library as soon as I see that they have ordered the books.
A swiftly paced plot with plenty of twists, turns and we finally get to find out about Candy's history. There's more than murder involved as Max is trying to prepare for her first Oktoberfest at her brew pub. We also got to meet two new neighbors during this book and I hope to see more of them as the series progresses. And we finally got to meet J
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the third book in the Brewing Trouble series by Joyce Tremel.

Max O’Hara hires a band to play at her Brew House during Oktoberfest weekend and one of them ends up dead. Doodle Dowdy wanted to speak to Max about something prior to his demise and this makes Max want to find out what was really going on.

I thought the mystery was spot on. I was hooked from the very beginning. Love the brew house vibe I get from this series. So fun! I thought the characters were well thought out and t
Leslie Karst
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard enough preparing for Oktoberfest when you run a popular brewpub in downtown Pittsburgh. But things get far worse for Maxine O’Hara when she finds one of the oompah band players she’s hired for the event dead—with his head stuffed into the bell of his sousaphone.

With its inside peek into the workings of the brewing business, A ROOM WITH A BREW is a witty and engaging cozy mystery, and Tremel’s big-hearted heroine is someone you’ll be rooting for for as she delves into the musician’s su
Sue Em
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This fabulous cozy is the third in the series set in a Pittsburgh brew pub. I've loved the series from the beginning and love the setting (confession: I've lived in Pittsburgh for most of my adult life and love the city). So, we have a good mystery, an intelligent female heroine and her posse of slightly eccentric friends. What's not to like? By the time you add in all the Pittsburgh idiocyncrasies you have a real winner. Highly recommended. ...more
Linda Smatzny
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book, brewpub owner Maxine "Max" O'Hara is trying to help her friend, Candy, with her problem but Max has no idea what the problem is. Candy is an older lady who has the bakery next to the pub and was upset when a man insisted he knew Candy. Max and Candy discover the body of a man who had called Max and said he had to speak to her in person. After finding the body, Max has a lot of questions and she intends to find answers. The book was a quick easy read. ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 3 continues with the great core group of Max and her family, Jake, and Max's friends. Since I have gotten attached to all of them, the core group is important to my reading pleasure. The mysteries tied in with Max's first Oktoberfest made for interesting, satisfying reading. Getting to read a series set in Pittsburgh, my hometown area is a definite bonus! ...more
A Holland Reads
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun series to read. I liked that it was set around Oktoberfest which is always a fun time of year especially for craft brewers. It was fun to meet up with Max again and to see what she is up to. The author does a good job of giving you just enough clues to make you think you know what happened but then here comes another twist. For me that makes a good mystery book. I picked this book up and by the end of the weekend was finished with it. I enjoy this author's writing style and am look ...more
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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 debut novel, TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW was nominated for a 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews.

The second book in the series TANGLED UP IN BREW, was released 10.4.2016. It was chosen as a

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