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Publisher's Summary

Actor Kelsey Grammer, best known for his roles in the TV sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, delivers Bitter Brew, a compelling mystery featuring Detective Bill Walsh, an upstate cop in the quiet, rural town of Beatriceville, 200 miles north of New York City, who suspects foul play in the death of millionaire city transplant Jonathan Kimball, even though the evidence points to suicide, not murder. 

Between the four grown daughters he adores - even if they make him crazy - his complicated relationship with his ex, and his annoying boss, probing into a death that most have deemed a suicide is the last headache Bill needs. But the inexorable desire for justice and to do his job lead him to delve into many town secrets that most in Beatriceville citizens would prefer to keep unexamined. 

Filled with colorful characters and with a riveting pace, Bitter Brew will keep listeners guessing until the unexpected denouement.

©2019 Kelsey Grammer (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Is this supposed to be a serious story or not.

I can't tell if this some kind of parody. Characters are not deep, the story is even less deep. I just like Kelsey Grammer's voice.

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very good quick story

this was performed very well.
the story kept you involved and the ending was a surprise.
love how the narrator kept everyone separate was the tone was great.
this story is highly recommended.

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Great characterisation

Superb narration with a fantastic character. An interesting story set in a small town. The ending had far more kink to it but wasn't over the top. Great book.

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That was a good story

Kelsey Grammer is a good story teller, who knew? I wonder if this detective will be in a series now.
Mr. Grammer as narrator is a natural too, of course. Overall a very good listen.

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Twisted sister lol

thoroughally enjoyable ....there were a lot of characters to keep track of but I managed lol

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Started out great

Too bad it turned into erotica. Could have been a decent murder mystery but it was just sleazy. Not worth the credit.

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Disappointment

I really enjoyed the first dozen or so chapters. Mr. Grammer's narration is very warm and Charming. However I was very disappointed by the last chapter when it suddenly changed from a small town mystery story to a shockingly explicit x-rated horror story.

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cliche and a lot of far left extremes

I found the book to be unrealistic, full of a lot extremes. in a village of less than 800 there was a lot of sexually explicit stuff. the murderer did make sense, but the main character didn't feel like he had done any real investigating in the end. he just stumbled in to the murderer in the end. was rather stupid and unoriginal. the narrator was pretty good though. I'll be returning this book. I did not "enjoy this program" in the end.

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A very good first book.

This is an easy to enjoy mystery. It did not challenge me, but sometimes that is exactly what the doctor ordered. Here and there the main character comes across as a little prude and self righteous, but these are easily overlooked flaws. Of course, excellent narration by Kelsey Grammer.

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Nah.

I didn't make it very far. The main character is the stereotype bitter boomer. Annoyed by millenials and all his many ex wives. There is a lot of ranting about kids these days and my eyes just rolled away and took my interest with them.

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  • Koda H.
  • 2020-06-03

Come for Kelsey Grammer, Stay for Kelsey Grammer

I'll admit it. I got this book purely because I'm a fan of Kelsey Grammer. This is a good book. The biggest flaws in the book for me were the main character's obsession with sex, sexuality, and gender issues. Going from a decent mystery to a obsession over whether a character is male or female was a pretty strong drawback.

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  • carpsmarsh
  • 2020-07-05

Not My Cup of Tea

Engaging enough to keep me listening, but the old fart alley cat was more pathetic than sympathetic. The sexual content was a turn-off and I figured out the culprit well in advance of the revelation - or should I say revulsion.
Mediocre.

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  • Michael Welch
  • 2020-05-25

Good story, humorous and suspenseful with llamas a-plenty

At times outright hilarious, honest depictions of characters that were made more real by the humor and curmudgeonliness of the author. Felt like an old time radio show

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  • Donna
  • 2020-06-04

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This has been a surprise from running into it on Audible - no idea Kelsey had published a murder mystery, my fiction of choice. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, finishing with a few swipes at the ending tears. Kelsey is a fine actor and what fun to hear him narrating this book. The locale was a surprise but similar to my own growing up. The plot - ah, just buy it! I will be pacing until his next mystery shows up.

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  • John
  • 2020-06-25

You’re my best view..... Ehhhhhh

Started off okay. Getting really hokey as it goes along. Lost interest. Kelsey Grammer - Love his voice and acting. I think this is made for an older crowd. I’m 53 - So that’s saying something

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 2020-05-27

Despite the predictability, it was great!

I am blown away that KG wrote and narrated this. Okay, he had help, but it has turned out very well. The main character is delightful despite his dirty-old-man lusting after every woman. And his narration is tremendous. 98% of the time, I strongly discourage authors from narrating their books; it almost never turns out well, but this is one of those 2% successes! Good voices, good cadence, and good stress.

The solution to the crime is a tad predictable, but it was still enjoyable getting there. The llamas are delightful, the craft beer interesting; there were even apples, but they were not the uber-tasty apples from Macintosh Country on the east side of the Hudson. The best part of the story is the hero's realization that his hasn't been such a bad life, and his wonderful relationship with his daughters.

Oh! Might there be more stories, like a series? That would be nice.

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  • Rick Rosa
  • 2020-06-08

great reading but lil boring

loved Kelsey reading judt found myself a lil bored and just could GRB my attention.

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  • RBShap
  • 2020-05-27

eagerly awaiting the next installment :)

needless to say I could listen to Kelsey Grammer talk all day. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. there was a bit of gratuitous depravity at the end I could have done without but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope there will be a follow-up

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 2020-06-15

Not sure how I feel

The story is decent. I predicted ‘who-dun-it’ reasonably early on, but that’s not a bad thing, that means there were sufficient hints. The main character is what makes me not sure how I feel about this. He’s a bit smarmy and a little creepy. He compares a younger woman he’s sleeping with a little too often to his daughters for my comfort. I understand the author wanting to show he doesn’t just sleep around with young women, but at the same time he also revels in it. The messages are kinda mixed. I liked seeing an older man struggle with this new open minded world, and though he didn’t always understand, he respectfully embraced it. That I enjoyed. It’s not a bad book. It’s modern and on point. It doesn’t blow me away and the main character made my skin crawl a few times. I don’t mind healthy sexual appetite, but he was just so creepy about it.

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  • Scout
  • 2020-06-13

Who doesn’t love Kelsey Grammer....

Interesting story read in a very easy listening way. He has such wonderful diction and just read it really well. I didn’t love it but I didn’t not like it. There was a lot of poor detective work and the end was a bit stunning and not what was expected but all in all it was an enjoyable way to pass a couple of afternoons. I hope he writes and/or reads another book.

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