Monday mornings are for slacking off, and we’ve got the perfect distraction to keep you from working, maybe even all week. A recently published novel called Trouble Brewing (Dark Alley Press) landed on our desktop last week from writer Paul Abercrombie. It’s available on Amazon, and the Kindle price is only $5.99. Why would you want to read this? Well, just for safety purposes alone (one guy falls into a milling machine). Let us quickly detail the plot, so you can get started reading.
With the help of his buddy, John, Preston scores a gig at the same struggling Tampa microbrewery where John and wunderkind brewer Waldie work. Preston soon replaces Waldie as brewmaster and devises a secret scheme to use the job to pry loose $5 million of his father’s inheritance.
His plan appears to hit a snag when, early one morning, Preston discovers a brewery security guard accidentally ground into hamburger by the milling machine. However, Preston’s not going to let this mishap derail things. He calls the one person he knows will help: good, old, dependable, easy-to-guilt, John, who reluctantly caves to Preston’s cover up.
Things go fine until cheapskate brewery owner Harry enters the polluted batch of beer in a tasting contest…and it wins! Now Preston must devise a way to keep up the winning streak and get his money amid the scrutiny of more mysterious disappearances.
Abercrombie is PR consultant for law firms and other companies. He also contributes to articles on travel and booze to publications such as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, National Geographic Traveler, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Hemispheres, Boating, Islands, Wine & Spirits, ESPN and Wine Enthusiast.