Local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the wildly popular Bakeshop Mystery Series, is launching a new collection of stories: the Sloan Krause Mystery Series. Her first book, “Death on Tap,” has just been released, and you’re invited to help her celebrate the publication of this “beery” special book. Ben’s Bottle Shop, a local taproom featuring beers from all over the world as well as some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest craft brews, is hosting a Happy Hour Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s a plot teaser:
When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, and the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington, becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.
But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in “Beervaria” and suddenly Sloan is on the case.
The launch party will also feature fun prizes and swag—and a chance for you to enjoy one or two of Ben’s hundreds of beers by the bottle or on tap. If you don’t have a book to sign, don’t worry—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, Vintage Books, will be at Ben’s Bottle Shop selling Ellie’s books so that you can have her sign your copy and then take it home and get cozy by the fire. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8502 E. Mill Plain Blvd., near Smokehouse Provisions, Rally Pizza, and Pines Coffee.