Review: TROUBLE BREWING by Heather Day Gilbert

As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I recently read a review copy Trouble Brewing (A Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery), a new release by Heather Day Gilbert.

About the Book

Convinced that the elderly lady in her care didn’t die of natural causes, Macy’s friend Della determines to look into the broken relationships surrounding the woman. She books a Halloween-themed getaway at a local inn and talks Macy into coming along with her to spy on her prime suspect.

As they join a ghost tour of the candlelit town, Macy and Della feel their guide is a little too fanatical as he shares his spooky tales. He tells the story of the Greenbrier ghost, a newlywed who supposedly came back from the grave to tell her family that her husband murdered her.

When a disturbing apparition makes its presence known, guests at the inn become apprehensive…and for good reason, because soon after, a young bride turns up dead. Although everything points to a copycat killer replicating the historical Greenbrier murder, Macy has her doubts. She’s discovered that the inn harbors secrets of its own, and when she pokes into one darkened corner too many, she might not stand a ghost of a chance.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

My Review

When one of Macy’s good friends suspects that her home healthcare client may have been murdered, the two women book a Halloween getaway at a local inn that belongs to the dead woman’s daughter and is rumored to contain a secret treasure. This creates a story that is part treasure hunt and part whodunnit. I found it to be an enjoyable read, though I had trouble buying into the premise that Macy and Della could locate and keep the treasure despite it being on someone else’s property. Overall, it was well written and entertaining, complete with ghostly sightings and spooky tours. A particullary good choice for reading around Halloween.

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review.


Enter a rafflecopter for your chance to win a prize package from the author.

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather’s realistic characters—no matter what century—feel like best friends. When she’s not plotting stories, this native West Virginia gal can often be found hanging out with her husband and four children, playing video games, or reading Agatha Christie novels.

Author Links

·      Webpage:

·      Facebook:

·      Goodreads:

·      Bookbub:

·      Twitter:

·      GoodReads Link:

Purchase Link: Amazon

Visit the tour page for reviews, guest posts and more…

2 thoughts on “Review: TROUBLE BREWING by Heather Day Gilbert

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s