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Risky Whiskey

(Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Eager to shake up her drinks and her life, mixologist Pepper Revelle jumps at an invitation to join the elite Bohemia Bartenders. Leader Neil thinks she'll be the perfect advance gal for his team at a colorful cocktail convention in her hometown of New Orleans, but the job turns out to be more bananas than a drunk monkey. Setting up the key tasting for their distiller clie ...more
Published July 21st 2020 by Velvet Petal Press
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Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in the series. I loved the mystery part of this book, and this book is fast pace I also loved. I wish the characters where a little more developed. Maybe that will developed in the other books in the series. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Velvet Petal Press) or author (Lucy Lakestone) via booksirens in exchange for an honest review , and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much! Pepper (Kayanne) is a wonderful character. She is good at her job, fast thinking, funny and worries about all the same things most women worry about. There is a touch of romance but mostly this is a good mystery. The story takes place at a cocktail (alcohol) conference with competitions, seminars, dinners and parties. Pepper has been asked to join a group of elite bartenders being sponsored by a Whisky distiller. When things start going wrong Pepper and her new frien ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What more can an avid reader want than mayhem, murder, and booze? This book appealed to me very much and will be enjoyed by those of any age, but I think it will appeal to a younger crowd based on the type of cocktails served.

The action was well-timed, the romance is just hot enough to keep you reading, but without a ---shall we say a final climax? LOL! The mystery part was not that difficult to guess but tough enough to keep you guessing and reading.

I enjoyed this book so much and the little e
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't usually gush about how a cozy mystery is fun. This one is fun with constant action, a dash of romantic tension, interesting and lively characters. This is funtionally a stand alone novel in a series about a bartender team that does cocktail conventions. Who knew that was a thing? Eagerly anticipating the next in the series.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review via Booksirens.

This cozy mystery would be fabulous for anyone, but particularly those that enjoy a good drink. There's some mixology, some romance, and of course - trouble to be solved.
Lakestone did very well with this whodunit.
There was a bit more romance in it than I would normally enjoy in my cozy mystery, but that wouldn't stop my from picking up the next in this series.
While a little more character development wouldn't have hurt, ther
Eileen townsend
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read. The author really draws the reader into the story. Will definitely read another book by this author.
Heather  McQuillen
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This cozy mystery is the first in a series. It's fast paced, fun, boozy, with a splash of romance. Pepper and Neil were awesome together, and the supporting characters were great, too. This was my first Lucy Lakestone book, but definitely not the last. I can't wait for the next in the series

*I received an ARC for my honest opinion*
Heather (bookswithclarkie)
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Risky Whiskey is the first book in the Bohemia Beach cozy mystery series. When I read the synopsis I knew it was going to be a fun quick read. It was exactly what I needed!

The story line was perfect, never any lagging moments or confusion. The characters (Pepper being my favorite) were fun and likeable and very well described which I felt gave it a great whodunnit vibe.

All the mention of drink names and concoctions made me crave a whiskey or a cocktail! You could easily become drunk while readin
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arcs, ebooks
3.5 rounded up.

This was a fun romantic murder mystery of sorts. I enjoyed the characters quite a bit. Pepper and Neil are so fun together.

I enjoyed Peppers outfits and her nerdy takes on mixology. Learning all the mixologist terms and the fun behind that world was really neat.

Neil is a laid back hottie who is on the insecure side. The way he pushes and pulls Penny is quite endearing.

It does lead to question more though. I feel there wasnt much in conclusion. Yes we did figure out who the big ba
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mixologist Pepper Revelle, is thrilled to become one of the Bohemia Bartenders. The head of the bartenders, Neil Rockaway, is more than happy to have Pepper on his team as they create colorful, delicious cocktails. Their current client, Dash Reynolds, hires them for a convention in New Orleans, which happens to be Pepper’s hometown. She now lives in Bohemia Beach with her aunt and their beloved dog.

As they prepare for their taste testing, they discover the whiskey is bad. One of the workers is h
Maria Reynoso
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found Risky Whiskey to be a fun and boozy mystery. I personally have not yet been to Louisiana, but I felt like the author did an excellent job of describing the nightlife and different types of people that are there. I am a huge whiskey/bourbon drinker so I am always game to finding and reading about new drinks. The characters were comical and well developed. The plot had an easy flow and kept me entertained. I highly enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. Th ...more
Jessica Robbins
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I had a little too much fun reading this book! We meet Pepper who has quite the name I must say as she is getting ready for a big event. She works as a cocktail bartender with some incredible skills at creating drinks. A distillery is being spotlighted with their new run and more. Set up goes great until the servers are late due to a delayed flight and the whiskey is no where to be found. This creates ch
Ella James
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Risky Whiskey is a humorous, LOL cozy mystery which will keep readers guessing. With romance, food and lots of drinks, this book is entertaining, with twists, turns and surprises along the way. I was fully engaged from start to finish and didn't want this book to end. With some hot scenes and lost of laughs, this book is sure to keep readers wanting more. Highly recommended! ...more
RISKY WHISKEY by Lucy Lakestone
The First Bohemia Bartenders Mystery

Kayanne Revelle, better known as Pepper, has left her business partner in charge of her Florida bar and has joined the team of Bohemia Bartenders in New Orleans for a cocktail competition. Excited to compete in Cocktailia supporting Bohemia Distillery, Pepper soon finds herself surrounded by cocktail nerds, jazz music, and danger. It seems as if someone is out to destroy the distillery's reputation and perhaps the distillers them
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Risky Whiskey by Lucy Lakestone is a fast-paced mystery with drinks and fun characters taking charge. 

Will Pepper and Neil figure out whose after Dash? And why the culprit has included Pepper?

Pepper Revelle

Pepper is our sleuth, and she tells the story. She is a bit more advanced than the average cozy sleuth, as she has a bit of a mouth on her, a
Deb Threadgill
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Lakestone weaves together a captivating story that takes place in New Orleans. There is a Cocktalia, which is a competition of different distilleries who compete against each other making special cocktails out of whatever their distillery produces.

Kayanne Revelle whom everyone calls Pepper is originally from New Orleans but doesn’t go back after Katrina. She o-owns a bar in Bohemia, FL called NOLA. She has been asked by Nick Rockaway to come to the Cocktalia as part of the well know group o
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Nancy Mc Donald
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-unread
I loved how the building suspense and sexual tension plays throughout the book. The author does a wonderful job of getting and keeping your attention throughout the book. I can hardly wait until the next book in the series is released.
Kayanne, AKA “Pepper’ had been asked to join the “The Bohemian Bartenders” who a group of bartenders who work at the Bohemian Bar in Bohemia and are attending “Cocktailia”, a mixology completion in the big easy. She was so excited to attend, especially since she wa
Paul Pauciulo
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book and wrote this review voluntarily. This is a hip, modern whodunnit that’s enjoyable and well written. I was familiar with author Lakestone from her Bohemia Beach series of risqué, racy romances so I was interested to see how she would handle a mystery novel. Deftly, that’s how. In the first installment of her new Bohemia Bartenders cocktail-based mystery series, Lakestone weaves a compelling tale of sabotage and suspense set at a mixology/distillery conven ...more
Suzanne Brett
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read of this author Lucy Lakestone and I have to say I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the originality of where the book was focused around the cocktail profession it was different and quirky. I also learnt what a Mixologist was and not a title I’ve heard before. While it was an easy read it kept me wanting to read the next chapter until was finished.

I think you can read this as a standalone book but I downloaded it from book sirens and downloaded the 2nd as well ‘Wrecke
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the debut book in the Bohemia Beach mystery series. Kayanne (a/k/a Pepper) Revelle is half owner of a bar called Nola in Bohemia Beach, Florida. But the book takes place in New Orleans at a convention of mixologists called Cocktailia. Pepper has been asked to help the Bohemia Distillery set up, mix and serve original cocktails for competition. Pepper and another mixologist Neil team up to help the craft distillery. Before the first competition the team discovers one of the assistants has ...more
Karen Temme
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book from Lucy Lakestone, this time more focused on the mystery than the romance. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy and am providing this review honestly. The setting is New Orleans, which i and of itself means excitement, but add in the fact that the story revolves around a cocktail convention with a poisoned whiskey, and thing become really thrilling. As Kayanne, known affectionately as Pepper, and her craft bartender friends try to figure out who spiked the whiskey, ...more
Dena Donahue
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Risky Whiskey is the first book in an exciting new cozy mystery. Kayanne, aka Hot Pepper gets the opportunity to join an elite group of bartenders called The Bohemian Bartenders. They are working a cocktail conference in New Orleans and competing on a number of levels including mixology and liquor.

Pepper gets more than she bargains for when she goes looking for misdirected whiskey and she stumbles across one of the co-workers that is near death due tainted whiskey.

Sparks fly between Pepper and h
Debbie Wren
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really needed a fun, exciting book to take me away from all the craziness in the world today; along came "Risky Whiskey." I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and promised to give my honest opinion, I hope you will find it to be helpful! Set in exciting New Orleans, (a place I'd love to visit someday!), with yummy cocktails and hot bartenders? Yes please! Infused with a fun mystery, this book kept me guessing until the very end! I don't know about you, but I love it when I can't figur ...more
Maria Rivas-mc
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans. So far, this book is the nearest I’ve gotten to striking It off my bucket list. Lucy Lakestone’s description is all that I want and imagine New Orleans to be: “The hotel was everything I loved about New Orleans: old, beautiful, decadent, redolent of whiskey, hushed in the hallways, and almost loud enough in the lobby to drown out the tuba player who’d been honking in the street for the last thirteen hours.”

For me the mystery played second fiddle to the vi
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kayanne better known to all by the name Pepper joined The Bohemian Bartender an elite group of bartenders.
She has been asked to work at Cocktailia a convection in Peppers hometown of New Orleans by Neil and she jumps at the chance.
When she was sent to get several cases of whiskey, they were using at the convention she finds more than just the whiskey – she finds a family friend on the floor with a bottle of whiskey by his side. The question is now who tampered with the whiskey and why.
There are
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
Mixologist Pepper Revelle has joined the elite Bohemia Bartenders and her first 'gig' is in her home or New Orleans for a big convention called Cocktalia. They are there to assist their client Dash present his company's whiskey. But things start to go sour before the convention has even begun when Pepper finds Bernie, Dash's friend unresponsive on his bedroom floor with a empty bottle of whiskey next to him, and soon more things happen to Dash - he gets shot at, at one point!

Who is targering Das
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Given the title and description, it was no surprise that there was a whole lot of drinkin’ going on at the Cocktailia competition. Pepper is excited to be there as part of a top-notch team of bartenders from Bohemia, Florida. But not all is at it seems. A batch of tainted whiskey threatens to spoil the party and Pepper and her team boss, Neil, are soon swept into investigating suspicious events related to the whiskey and its creators, while fighting the temptation to be swept into each other’s a ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A wonderful introduction to the world of the Bohemia Bartenders.
A cadre of mixologists who support distilleries at events promoting products by making masterful cocktails. Each book in this series includes a signature cocktail recipe to make at home.

Lucy Lakestone has created a spin-off work from her Bohemia Beach series, and I find these cozy mystery tales delightful. The characters are well developed, human and relatable, the descriptions of Pepper and Melody's clothing makes me want to take m
Dr. Raye of Sunshine
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
What a fun story! This quick read is packed full of mystery, sexual tension and fun.

Kayanne, known as Pepper, is a bartender who has returned to New Orleans to participate in a bar event. Unfortunately, it appears someone has tampered with the product they are supposed to be using, sending someone to the hospital in the process.

Full of fun characters (personally, I love eccentric Cray) and multiple twists, this is a super fun mystery to immerse yourself in. The writing style is fresh as well.
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Lucy Lakestone is an award-winning author who lives on Florida's east central coast, among the towns that serve as an inspiration for the hot romances of her Bohemia Beach Series and the jumping-off point for the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries. She's been a journalist, photographer, editor and video producer but prefers living in her imagination, where the moon is full and the cocktails are divine. ...more

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