To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel

Mystery Book Club

To Brew or Not to Brew Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the 1st person narration?
  2. At the beginning of the book, there are mentions of small sabotage, does it make sense that Max does not take them seriously?
  3. Do you like Max?
  4. What do you think of the descriptions of the brew pub?
  5. Would you want to go there?
  6. What do you think of the descriptions of Pittsburgh, especially Lawrenceville?
  7. Max looked for Kurt and did not find him and then waited and stewed, is this a good way for her to find the body?
  8. Is crying a natural response to Kurt’s death?
  9. Are you surprised that more characters in mystery novels do not cry?
  10. What do you think of Jake?
  11. Max has a run in with Dominic at the cupcake shop, is he delusional to think a brew pub is going to hurt the business of a shot and beer bar?
  12. How does the fact that the police think Kurt’s death was an accident free up this cozy?
  13. Do you notice the names: Candy is the cupcake bakery owner, Daisy is the florist, do these make it easier to remember who is who?
  14. What do you think of the book club in the book, does it feel like that is now one of the prerequisites for a cozy?
  15. Do you think the members of the book club would try to help?
  16. Max finds a cat, is that the other prerequisite for a cozy?
  17. Do you like the cat?
  18. Do you think the information about brewing is interesting?
  19. Does it make you want to go to a brew pub to eat?
  20. Would you have gone to confront Dominic in his dingy little bar?
  21. What did you think of the confrontation?
  22. Did you expect the best suspect to get murdered in Max’s brew pub?
  23. Is the dumpster fire a good escalation of tension incident?
  24. What did you think of the Save Our Lawrenceville meeting?
  25. Should the rubber rat in the bag maybe have come before the fire, isn’t fire scarier than a fake rat?
  26. What do you think of Fran, the lady that wants to turn Max’s brew pub into a museum?
  27. Do you think the idea of tunnels under the brewery is cool?
  28. What did you think about the scene leading up to Jake and Max’s first kiss?
  29. Should Max look for the tunnel entrance on her own?
  30. Do cell phones help this book?
  31. Were you surprised at the killer or the motive?
  32. Do you like the idea of turning the tunnels into a brewery museum?
  33. Would you go?
  34. Did you like the book?
  35. Would you read more in the series?

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