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Deadly Brew

(Dewberry Farm #3)

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It's Halloween in Buttercup, Texas, and reporter-turned-farmer Lucy Resnick is up to her ears in more than goats and wayward cows. Not only has her well dried up, but it turns out the old house Lucy recently moved to the farm has a reputation for spooks... and they are disturbingly active. Then a Tarot card reading at a local mead winery foretells death... only to have exo ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2017 by Gray Whale Press
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Kylie D
I must say I do like the Dewberry Farm series, but I didn't find Deadly Brew to be quite as engaging as the earlier books in the series. In this, the third installment, a ranch owner dies from bee venom, and local witch Serafine is blamed by the useless Sheriff Rooster. Lucy is immediately on the case, and with her beau, handsome vet Tobias, starts sniffing around the ranch looking for clues. But Lucy has more to worry about than finding a murderer, her well has run dry, the old cottage she's ha ...more
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Ready for a Halloween read? The third story in the Dewberry Farm series moves swiftly and keeps you guessing about a couple of mysteries in the plot. A likeable protagonist, a great supporting cast, and plenty of suspects entertwine like barbwire for an edge-of-your-seat read. Recipes at end of story.
Sabine
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Dewberry Farm mysteries is a series that I HAVE TO read as soon as each book is released. And then I am sad having to wait for the next installment - Deadly Brew was no disappointment.

It oozes Halloween elements in different forms all the way through the book and starts with a murder at the Witches’ Ball at Honeyed Moon Mead Winery. Then there is a mysterious four-legged creature attacking the farm animals in the village and a haunted old house on Lucy's farm. The paranormal elements seem to
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Mark Baker
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Lucy is trying to deal with a dry well in the middle of October heat. Meanwhile, in town, rumors are flying that there is a mythological creature attacking animals in the area and the house Lucy just moved to her property is haunted. She is looking forward to a night out at the Witches’ Ball, but that doesn’t happen either when a man dies. When it is ruled a homicide, Lucy knows that her friends are going to be the prime suspects. Can she find out the truth?

Obviously, there is a lot going on wit
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Anastasia
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Brew by Karen MacInerney is the 3rd book in the Dewberry Farm Mystery series. Ex investigative reporter and now farmer Lucy Resnick has multiple problems- her well has dried up, there is an animal predator on the loose, an exotic game ranch has openned up and a house moved to her property is reportedly haunted. When the owner of the exotic game ranch is murdered and her friend arrested, Lucy, of course, investigates. A wonderful mystery with a lot going on that keeps you entralled and ent ...more
Amy
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies, have-ecopy
The Dewberry Farm series has moved into my favorite series. The mysteries and sleuthing are believable and fun. I never manage to figure out whodunit ahead of time, but I always enjoy the puzzle and following along with Lucy and the other characters to reach the conclusion. Definitely recommend the series to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries!
Lisa Morin
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic addition to the series

I love Halloween and this book hit the spot.
Lucy is a great character and I love all the challenges she faces trying to keep Dewberry farm going.
This book was full of twists and turns and I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning.
I can't wait to read more.
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Sue Ross
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder and ghosts

What could be better than a tiny haunted house moved to a farm and a murder? This plus an evil retreat for big game hunting are what you get this time. Buttercup is suffering from a drought and to make this even worse, Dewberry's well has dried up. There are thrills and chills in the reading of this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
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Kristina
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Deadly Brew by Karen MacInerney is the third chapter in A Dewberry Farm Mystery series. Lucy Resnick owns Dewberry Farm in Buttercup, Texas. It has been a dry summer with no rain for the last five months, and now Lucy’s well has run dry. She needs to find a way to get water for her animals, plants and herself. Tonight, though, Lucy is off to Buttercup’s first Witches’ Ball at Honeyed Moon Mead Winery owned by Serafine Alexandre. They are enjoying the festivities including tarot reading when a sc ...more
Barb
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing concept! Dewberry Farms in Buttercup, Texas, owned by Lucy Resnick, is hit with a drought, there's a strange predatory animal on the loose, an exotic game ranch is offending the sensibilities of many of the residents of Buttercup, and two sisters from New Orleans, who just happen to be witches, have set up to produce mead from their own honey. When the owner of the game ranch dies from his allergies to bee venom, the local sheriff, who is rather clueless, figures that one of t ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our amateur sleuth, Lucy and her friends face death, danger and drought as we open this new volume.

Lacy finds her farm facing a Texan drought. No water in the well. Soon, however, Lacy finds she perhaps has a lot more even threatening situations to face. Her friend, Seraphine is arrested for a murder she did not commit. There is also a Chupacabra rumored to be attacking lifestock. An exotic animal farm (for hunting purposes) has entered the community, ex's have been released, and a fire set to h
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Vivian
Sep 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can honestly say this one was a disappointment for me and I didn't particularly enjoy reading it. There were several inconsistencies in the story that were distracting, almost as if the author just dashed this one off in a hurry. I found the story to be quite chaotic and not up to the same standard as the first two. ...more
Ellen
Life in Buttercup is anything but boring!
Kay
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun fall theme.
Donna
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Karen's book. You can always expect to be entertained. This is the 3rd book in the Dewberry Farm Mysteries and a great series. Lucy use to be a reporter but is now a farmer and living in a small town called Buttercup, Texas. Halloween isn't far away and everyone is trying to get their crop picked, planted or watered. Unfortunately for Lucy her well goes dry and the old house she had moved to her property may be haunted. She doesn't have the time or money for either of these situations. Th ...more
Nicole
This series just keeps getting better and better! It's Halloween in Buttercup, Texas and the third installment in Karen MacInerney's Dewberry Farm Mystery series, Deadly Brew, starts off with the murder of exotic game ranch owner Bug Wharton at the Witches' Ball hosted by Buttercup's local witches, Serafine and Aimee Alexandre. Serafine is suspected immediately since she had a very public and loud disagreement with Bug right before his death, but intrepid reporter turned rancher Lucy knows there ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Nearly everyone in Buttercup is looking forward to two things, the Halloween party at the local Mead producers and Rain - lots of rain! There has been a major drought and now Lucy's well has dried up, she puts her panic over the water situation on hold until post the party, but no one expects the fireworks they get, a local man made good (Bug Wharton) has bought a farm nearby and has turned it into an exotic game ranch, leading to a collision course between him, the Wiccan Mead maker (Selena) an ...more
Caitlin Copp
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march2018
Lucy Resnick, Houston reporter turned small town farmer is looking forward to harvesting her fall crops when she learns her well has dried up and there's no ETA on when she can get water again. Lucy is getting worried about her crops and her growing population of farm animals. She is looking for a little bit of relaxation when she attends a Halloween bash at the local mead winery, but it is all but relaxing when Bug Wharton is stung by a bee and dies and the police are looking at the winery owne ...more
Meg
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5* for this entry in the series. Unfortunately there so many repetitions and inconsistencies that I kept getting pulled out of the story. Good story line was a little chaotic. The bumbling, incompetent caricature known as Rooster is getting old; I'm thinking it's time to replace that character with a strong, compelling presence that will add more 'oomph' to the stories. The wildlife ranch situation was very sad, as were the neglected pets; thank goodness there were people that cared. I did enj ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed

Read in 3 sittings, was a fast read . Can't wait to read the rest in the series. Loved the characters, and buttercup Texas
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Meagan
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chupacabras, Kangaroos, and Bees, Oh My!

Deadly Brew is the 3rd book in the Dewberry Farm Mystery series by Karen MacInerney. The book opens with former investigative reporter turned farmer, Lucy Resnick's, well running dry and with no rain in the forecast, things are looking dire for her fall crop. To help get her mind off her troubles at home, Lucy's best friend, Quinn, encourages her to not forgo the first-ever Buttercup Witches' Ball at the Honeyed Moon Mead Winery that evening. While at the
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Anna's Herding Cats
Deadly Brew took me for freaking ever to read and it's not even 300 pages. Blerg

I loved books 1 & 2. Did them on audio and couldn't listen fast enough. Deadly Brew and I had some issues, though.

The Gist: A Halloween celebration turns deadly and a neighbor is accused of murdering the owner of a new hunting lodge. Lucy is sure she's innocent and determined to figure out what exactly is going on over at that lodge. Something fishy for sure.

I do continue to like the characters. It's fun watching L
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Mary
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Buttercup, Texas is, ironically, in the middle of a drought. Not only that, the well has run dry on the farm Lucy Resnick bought that had belonged to her grandmother. In the middle of trying to provide water for her animals and her vegetable crop, she discovers the house she had recently moved to her property, that was in the family of her friend Quinn, is most likely haunted.

Adding to her stress, a strange, wolf-like animal is terrorizing local farms, a controversial exotic game ranch is about
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Sz Davis
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let be these Dewberry Books. Very relaxing read.
Jennifer
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Deadly Brew by Karen MacInerney is a wonderful Halloween read with the right amount of mystery, romance, and suspense. 
Will Lucy find the killer before Selena goes to jail for the deed?
Lucy Resnick
Lucy is our sleuth. She is a former investigative reporter turned farmer. Lucy bought Dewberry Farm which used to belong to her grandmother. Now Lucy has chickens, goats, cows, numerous crops, and a ghost or two. The one thing that she is missing is water, her well has run dry. This isn't bonding w
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Tarri
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Brew is the most recent installment in the Dewberry Farms mystery series by Karen MacInerney and the inside is as perfect as the cover. While all of the books in the series can definitely be read by themselves, the whole series is great and the characters grow with each book.

In Deadly Brew all is not right in Buttercup, Texas. Lucy's well has run dry, her crops desperately need to be watered, and there is no rain in sight. Add to that the man who has just opened a big game hunting farm i
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Terri
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
So, I'm reading the book, preparing to enjoy it, when the main character starts giving the same information to the same people (namely, the reader) multiple times. OK. I can deal with that, then she and a couple other people go to a festival, and while still in the car, another person, not in the car, asks a question...and then disappears until several pages later. I never know if this is the author, or the editor. Whichever, someone should have caught this stuff.... The main character bemoans t ...more
Lady
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Trouble With Chupacabras

This series must be read in order. The first book is "Killer Jam". The second book is "Fatal Frost". This is the third book. I can't wait to read "Mistletoe Murder"!


With a drought in Buttercup having her well run dry has Lucy scrambling to keep her crops watered and her animals hydrated. At least The Witches' Ball might take her mind off her troubles for a little while. The Honeyed Moon Mead Winery is new to Buttercup and run by two sisters who are recent transplants
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Lisa Harris
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a great series. This story surprised me a little bit due to the deep controversy of shooting exotic wildlife for sport on a Texas ranch. That is something I'd never support! This author handled the subject delicately which made me want to continue to read. As always Lucy is on it when it comes to solving the case. I really don't like Rooster the sheriff. I wish he'd just go away. Nobody in law enforcement is that stupid and frankly I'm tired of his appearances in these stories. Lucy and Qui ...more
Laura M
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In book three (after Fatal Frost and before Mistletoe Murder) of the Dewberry Farm Mystery Series, we are back with Lucy in Buttercup, Texas. It is Halloween in Buttercup, and though there is a drought severe enough to dry up Lucy's well, Buttercup residents have gathered at a real witch's house to celebrate and raise money for animal rescue. However, Bug Wharton's death puts a damper the festivities. When suspicions arise that it could have been murder, and the witch is arrested (who also happe ...more
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