A Mystery Lover’s Pub Crawl: Touring the World with My Favorite Sleuths in Search of the Perfect Pint

Go on a mystery lover's pub crawl with Ellie Alexander, author of Death on Tap, and make sure to sign in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of the first Sloan Krause Mystery!

I was first introduced to the mystery genre by my grandmother, who had stacks upon stacks of dusty paperbacks crowding every square inch of her built-in cabinets in the dining room. She didn’t display fancy China or polished silverware in her mid-century modern arched dining room with brown shag carpet and a dimly-lit brass chandelier. Nope. The heart of her family table housed homemade pies and books from every corner of the world. Any visit to my grandmother’s involved returning home with root beer bottle candies and a binge-worthy pile of mysteries.

Thanks to my grandmother, I traveled to distant places, met eclectic characters, puzzled through clues, and sifted through red herrings in the tattered pages of her mystery collection. Now, as a writer, I often reflect on my early reading years and the sleuths who took me along on their adventures. These characters are like old friends. There’s so much more I want to know about them, and what better way to connect than over a cold, frothy pint?

My new book, Death On Tap, features a female brewmistress, Sloan Krause, who can hang with the big guys and has a nose for hops and murder. She’s taking the craft beer world by storm, pushing the envelope with inventive flavor combinations and daring brewing techniques. Sloan has carved out her piece of Beervaria in the German-inspired village of Leavenworth, Washington. She’s smart with a sophisticated palate and a unique ability to carefully watch and observe those around her.  

Without having devoured my grandmother’s extensive paperbacks, Sloan might not exist. As an homage to my favorite sleuths, I want to take you on a tasting tour. Grab your stein, and let’s hit the pub.

Stop One: St. Mary Mead

No mystery lover’s pub crawl would be complete without a visit to St. Mary Mead, the famed village of Miss Marple. We’ll travel along cobblestone streets until we reach the Blue Boar Pub, where we’ll cozy up in front of a crackling fireplace with an English classic: a pint of bitter. Miss Marple will sip her pint with her ever-watchful eye. She’ll knit as we chat, subtly nodding to the vicar, who has had one too many and is flirting with a pretty young thing who is most definitely not his wife. Instead of making a scene, Miss Marple will raise her golden glass of British pale ale and suggest that once we’ve finished our drinks we take a turn through the Vicarage Gardens.

Stop Two: Gaborone

Africa is calling. We’ll touch down in Botswana and be greeted with a warm hug by Mma Ramotswe. From witch doctors to South African diamond mines, Mma Ramotswe will give us an insider’s glimpse into the changing culture of her homeland. Speaking of home, she’ll invite us into her kitchen and bake her signature dish: chicken and pumpkin. A meal this rich in tradition requires a worthy beer. We’ll bring a barrel-aged pumpkin ale to compliment dinner. Aged in bourbon, this sweet and spicy ale with touches of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice should blend beautifully with Mma Ramotswe’s masterpiece and allow the conversation to flow freely—especially when it comes to Mma’s ability to stay centered and calm in the midst of chaos.

Stop Three: The Valley of the Kings

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Dust off your floppy sun hat, as our next stop takes us to an Egyptian dig site where we’ll sip an ice-cold Stella Artois with Amelia Peabody on a baking summer’s afternoon. Amelia is a brilliant scholar and well-versed in ancient artifacts. The delicate, light beer will offer a refresher from the relentless desert sun while Amelia guides us through underground tombs and gives us an exclusive peek into her latest discoveries. She won’t be phased by the spooked workers or rumors of a mysterious illness spreading through the crew. We’ll keep one hand tightly wrapped around our luscious Belgian pilsner as she leads us deep underground.

Stop Four: Edinburgh

Things will take a slightly darker and drearier turn when we head to Scotland to meet up with Detective John Rebus. The rain and wind lash Edinburgh’s sidewalks. News around town is that two young girls have been brutally murdered, and the man on the case is Rebus. No light beer will suffice for this stop on our pub crawl. We find Rebus already a few drinks in and order a round of Scottish Imperial Ale. He laments about his tumultuous past as we knock back the rich, dark beer with hints of smoke and a deep, malty finish. Keeping up with Rebus is a challenge, but we’re up to the task.

Stop Five: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Break out your boots, our last stop will take us to Texas to meet Anna Pigeon. Anna’s a park ranger who knows her way around the mountains. We’ll have to stay alert for vultures circling the trails and keep an eye out for mountain lions as Anna takes us on a trek through the backcountry. The hike will be worth it when we hit the local watering hole for an afternoon American Wild Ale. This fruity raspberry ale will quench our thirst and leave us wanting more. As will our conversation with Anna. She’s a treasure-trove of information about the national park and is convinced that predators, other than the native wildlife, are on the prowl.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our pub crawl. Let’s raise a glass to some of mystery’s most marvelous. Prost!

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Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of “research.” Ellie is the author of the Bakeshop Mysteries, including Another One Bites the Crust. Find her on Facebook to learn more!

Comments

  1. James Joyce

    No Inspector Frost? When I think of a fictional detective enjoying a pint, I think of Frost. (maybe that’s just the tv series)

  2. Gordon Bingham

    great fan of anything Real beer centric…

  3. MaryC

    Thanks for the tour.

  4. John Smith

    Yes, I’d like to go to Beervaria!

  5. Susanne Troop

    Sounds like a great read!

  6. Karylee Feldman

    How fun! And creative! Would love to win. Thanks.

  7. Carole Knoles

    I would gladly raise a glass with any of the sleuths on this pub crawl!

  8. Tina C

    I agree. I’m missing Frost but will toast him in my thoughts.

  9. Tina C

    I agree. I’m missing Frost but will toast him in my thoughts.

  10. Deborah Dumm

    I can’t wait to read this series! Sounds like it will be a good one!

  11. Pattie

    This was a fun post. Oxford and Morse are missing though. 😉

  12. jj

    Love the cover art for “Death on Tap”

  13. smalice

    Isn’t Death always on tap?

  14. Caren Luckie

    This is going on my “to read” list. Now, if it were possible to get the beer too….

  15. Carol LuBien

    Sounds fun! Appeals to my appreciation of both beer and equal rights.

  16. Sue Farrell

    I love craft beer—I want to go on a real pub crawl.
    [email protected]

  17. Lori P

    I am reminded of the incomparable Morse, who regarded beer as a food group. Beer and mystery and indeed joined at the hop!

  18. Sharon Haas

    Thanks for the pub crawl. I’m with
    Amelia Peabody on the Stella!

  19. M Thompson

    Great tour but Morse is missing (though the drink did him in, in the end). Would love to win this book to see if it’s a series to be followed!

  20. Karl Stenger

    Sounds tasty.

  21. Karen Barnett

    Sounds good to me!

  22. Michael Carter

    Great fun!
    Yes, please enter me in this sweepstakes.
    Thanks —

  23. damomb22

    sounds like a winner!

  24. John Meixner

    beer and books, perfect

  25. Helen Martin

    Sounds like an intriguing new take on the mystery series.

  26. Beth Talmage

    I’m looking forward to this series! Interesting to know that you started reading mysteries found in your grandmother’s home. I had a similar experience, both reading books in one grandparent’s home and inheriting books from another grandmother. A great way to begin a lifelong journey.

  27. verona kruse

    Love contests

  28. L

    Some of my favorite sleuths…how fun to pair a visit with them and an appropriate craft beer! Sloane Krause sounds like a woman I’d really like to meet. A very smart and interesting female sleuth!

  29. Barbara Bibel

    This sounds like it will be fu t read, even though I hate beer.

  30. Darlene Slocum

    This is a MUST READ for me. Thanks!

  31. Joy Isley

    I am always looking for new authors to read. This book sounds really good

  32. Gwen Ellington

    Sounds super. And I love the title!

  33. nancy lutz

    I am always looking for a new author, and would love to read this book!

  34. Pam Flynn

    This read has my interest peaked. The title is catchy & I wish I had it right now to enjoy reading.

  35. Marsha Kamish

    Love to read this!

  36. Lilia Tanakeyowma

    Can’t wait to get my fill of brew while reading Death on Tap. I’m already thirsty!!!!

  37. jane

    Can’t wait to meet Sloan Krause!

  38. Mildred Mayo

    I can “beerly” wait until I get a chance to read this book. Thanks for the tour.

  39. Margit Curtright

    Rhat was a fun read!

  40. Lilia Tanakeyowma

    Can’t wait to get my fill of brew while reading Death on Tap. I’m already thirsty!!!!

  41. Paula Francisco

    Love the pub crawl! Wish I could really go on one.

  42. Janice Santillo

    Sounds really interesting. I ‘d like to try a real pub crawl.

  43. lasvegasnv

    different

  44. Angela Sanford

    I am already hooked. I want more

  45. Peter W. Horton Jr.

    The perfect quart! Yes!

  46. Alice

    Yay! A new series…want, want, want!!!

  47. Carl

    Draw me a frothy pint of everything, I’m here for the duration. Thanks!

  48. Judye Hamilton

    Thank you for the virtual tour! I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  49. Andrea

    This is right up my alley!

  50. Tracy Gibson

    What a fantastic idea for a book journey! We have a Germantown in my state and it is one of my favorite places. I can’t wait to read this.

  51. Pk3

    glad to see amelia on the list

  52. christy comstock

    Sounds like fun!

  53. Clydia DeFreese

    Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the ss.

  54. Clydia DeFreese

    Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the ss.

  55. Katrina Yurenka

    A beer-tasting vacation with a great mystery! What more could anyone ask for?

  56. Daniel Morrell

    sounds like a fun one

  57. Valeen Nielson

    [b]S[/b]ounds like a great read! I’m looking forward to it!

  58. Valeen Nielson

    [b]S[/b]ounds like a great read! I’m looking forward to it!

  59. Robin Weatherington

    [b]Sounds like a great read.[/b]

  60. Marisa Young

    Interesting pub crawl.

  61. Phyllis Sinclair

    Sounds like fun.

  62. Barbara Fish

    Please choose my name!

  63. Laurent Latulippe

    I love beer. This sounds fun.

  64. Barbara Bolam

    Sounds like a really excellent read. Would love to win the book!

  65. Barbara Bolam

    Sounds like a really excellent read. Would love to win the book!

  66. pegkeohane

    pubs and mysteries…two of my favorite things….

  67. vickie dailey

    lots of good sleuths missing – found this post very interesting and would love to read Death on Tap

  68. Wishfultravels

    O to have a Stella with Amelia! Another ruined shirt!

  69. Bonnie Whyte

    O to have a Stella with Amelia (& Father of Curses). Another dead body, another ruined shirt.

  70. Kelly Letourneau

    Loved the Pub Crawl and looking forward to reading the book!

  71. Jacki Robertson

    1228jcr
    Have enjoyed all the Anna Pigeon books and would love to try other pubs and brews. Can’t wait for the book.

  72. Jacki Robertson

    1228jcr
    Have enjoyed all the Anna Pigeon books and would love to try other pubs and brews. Can’t wait for the book.

  73. Terrie

    Count me in for the pub crawl!

  74. susan beamon

    I enjoy reading but I’m done with pub crawls. I’d rather read instead.

  75. Jackie Wisherd

    Sounds like a fun book to read.

  76. Dena Beeghly

    Raising a glass with some of my favorite female sleuths sounds like big fun. Being introduced to a new one even better!

  77. Rosemary Krejsa

    I’m looking forward to this series. The story line stands out from the crowd.

  78. Lori Byrd

    I want to go. This sounds so good.

  79. Lori Byrd

    I want to go. This sounds so good.

  80. Deb Philippon

    I*d love to win. Wish me luck!

  81. Alicia Sargant

    what a ‘novel’ idea! would love to read it.

  82. Rebecca Swanson

    Love Ellie Alexander’s books and am so excited for a new series!

  83. Kiera Thomas

    Looks like a great mystery!

  84. Rhonda Mayner

    love that it starts in Leavenworth – I live near there!

  85. Rachel LaRoche

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  86. Linda Peters

    great read for a cold winters night.

  87. elsie321

    intruiging reads

  88. Patricia

    A book (especially a mystery) and a beer…a winning combination!

  89. Kimberly Dull

    This sounds like a fun read!

  90. L Peters

    sure sounds like fun – and a great read. thanks

  91. Christal Mormann

    would love to win

  92. Connie Williamson

    I think I might’ve just found my new favorite author!

  93. Terry Pearson

    I think I had a wee bit too much lager 🙂

  94. Barbara Tobey

    I’m thirsty!

  95. Marci Konecny

    Thank you for the pub crawl and giveaway! I’ve added this to my TBR.

  96. Marylynn Hayes

    Perfect for Octoberfest season!

  97. Kris Kaminski

    made me thirsty just reading this part!

  98. Kris Kaminski

    made me thirsty just reading this part!

  99. Barbara Lima

    I never knew Miss Marple drank!

  100. SUSAN GANNON

    fun to be read thanks

  101. HESTER MAYO

    Love the concept!!

  102. alyce poalillo

    What a fun read for a cold winter’s night!

  103. Saundra K. Warren

    Sounds like a really fun trip!

  104. Pat Dupuy

    Beer and mystery! Can it get any better?

  105. Helen Allman

    Enjoyed it!

  106. Cindy Scheffler

    This sounds very interisting.

  107. Anita Yancey

    It sounds like a fun read. Thanks for this chance.

  108. Anita Yancey

    It sounds like a fun read. Thanks for this chance.

  109. Barbara R. Verrier

    As someone who absolutely loves all types of beer, and almost became the ‘Beer Queen’ of Seattle – long story – I need to read this, and deserve to win this!! 🙂

  110. samantha cox

    This looks very intriguing

  111. Kathleen Kendler

    Enjoyed your tour. looking forward to your new series.

  112. Shannon Baas

    I would like this.

  113. Mimi

    Sounds like fun!

  114. Suzanne Timmsen

    Always looking to try a new author in a mysrery genre. Would love to win this one.

  115. Olivia Farr

    I love this cover- sounds like a great book!

  116. Andrew Gordon

    awesome.

  117. Desmond Warzel

    Count me in, please!

  118. Richard Derus

    I have to enjoy my beer vicariously now, so this hits the spot.

  119. Veronica Sandberg

    Want to win…this looks like a great read

  120. Anne Efron

    All the beers sound great – thinking fondly of some of my favoite sleuths, too!

  121. Sandy Klocinski

    Great fan of murder mysteries. How awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win

  122. Vernon Luckert

    Love a good murder mystery, and a good pub crawl – so 2 wins with this one!

  123. Renee Rousseau

    Death on Tap sounds like my “cup of tea”!

  124. Jane Schwarz

    What a great tour! Need to reread some of these with a pint or two. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your “Death on Tap”.

  125. dawn k

    looks good

  126. Pat Murphy

    Pub crawl and a good book. Great combo.

  127. Gabriel Starika-Jolivet

    Pick me, pick me!

  128. Barbara Bates

    Brew Master! Sounds good!

  129. Barbara Bates

    Brew Master! Sounds good!

  130. Janet West

    Have an urge to do a pub crawl!

  131. June Elias

    Sounds like a new twist to a crime story. Very interesting. Look forward to reading this.

  132. Sabine Blanch

    Love mysteries… Thank you!

  133. Reilly

    Enjoyed the tour.

  134. Christine Smiga

    This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the interesting tour!

  135. mhubbert

    This sounds like so much fun!

  136. Patrick Murphy

    No Martin Walker or Robert B. Parker?

  137. Aggie

    Sounds like great places. I wish it was actually realistic for me to go and visit.

  138. Aggie Christie

    I wasn’t logged in before. Oops. Sorry.

  139. JULES M.

    sounds great!

  140. Kim Keithline

    sounds great sign me up

  141. Lori Walker

    Want!

  142. Cynthia Wetzel

    What a great idea for a cozy mystery series! It sounds delicious- and now, I’m thirsty! lol

  143. M F

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  144. Karen Terry

    Sounds like a winner

  145. Susan Smoaks

    thank you for the chance to win

  146. JAMES LYNAM

    Yhis is for me. Love a great book & a big brew.

  147. Beverly Henry

    sounds like a lot of fun and I would love to win

  148. Joyce Lokitus

    Thanks for the beer tour! It could have also been called a beer flight – just a little taste of each – LOL. Love that you included Mma Ramotswe – one of my fave investigators. Your new book sounds cool – love the concept.

  149. Yvonne Bressani

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the beer tour! Prost!

  150. Karen Hester

    Thanks for the tour.

  151. Jennifer Hodges

    Sounds marvelous!!

  152. SUSAN GANNON

    thanks for chance

  153. Ed Nemmers

    I would like to read the work of Ellie Alexander.

  154. Jeanette Jackson

    Great tour! Please include me in the drawing.

  155. Krypton Imai

    awesome sounding book

  156. Lisa Pecora

    Would love a new book to read.

  157. Tricha Leary

    love mysteries

  158. Veronica Sandberg

    want to win this…I love a good read

  159. Veronica Sandberg

    want to win this…I love a good read

  160. Jerry Marquardt

    This will make for great reading. I would like to honor your great and outstanding review.

  161. Stephanie Liske

    Pick Me!

  162. Tim Moss

    Good deal, count me in!

  163. integrity4life1

    Thanks for the chance.

  164. Lily Kwan

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  165. Buddy Garrett

    I think I’ll have a pint. It sounds interesting.

  166. Carl White

    [b]Great, now I have to go buy some beer.[/b]

  167. Heather Cowley

    This list will help in our travels! LOL Thanks!

  168. Philip Lawrence

    Travel is my life so let’s go on an adventure!

  169. Tracee Imai

    love the idea of matching places to stories – even though I’m not a beer drinker

  170. Carol Turner

    So very often, place is a major character in a plot.

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