A royal pain in the palace ...
Mixologist Pepper Revelle and the Bohemia Bartenders land in London for a UK adventure—a gin festival sponsored by dashing distiller Mark Fairman, who wants them to do more than make cocktails. As valuable books mysteriously vanish from his mansion’s luxe library, Mark asks Pepper and her colleague Neil to track down the thief.
But there’s another olive in this martini of mischief. At their frenemy Alastair’s bar, a storied gin palace from Dickens’s time, bizarre break-ins add another mystery to the mix. Pepper and Neil’s sleuthing takes them on a wild ride from the city’s swank watering holes to a fascinating real-life palace as they face deception, devilry and danger.
While Pepper’s tempted by Mark’s extravagant flirting and charmed by his loaner dog, she wonders if hot nerd Neil will stop playing hard to get. But thoughts of love in London seem trivial when murder is poured into the punch. Can they solve multiple mysteries before they’re juiced like a lime in a gin and tonic?
Jiggered by Gin is the fourth book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These quasi-cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this next Bohemia Bartenders mystery (I was given an advance copy). What another fun, flirty story - as much as you can call murder fun. Honestly have to say that this one is my fave so far, and although each book can be read alone, it’s great if you’ve read the previous three so you have a good depth of knowledge of the characters. This one had me totally pulling for a “formal” relationship between Neil and Pepper, but of course also wanting to see what all the flirting between Mark and Pepper would lead to…
The book is set in London, which is perfect for some mystery and romance, with a bit of history thrown in as well. As always, the author’s writing is distinctly descriptive - I could almost smell the library of old books in Mark’s mansion. I absolutely love that the characters are depicted so well that I now have actual faces and clothing styles in my mind, as if I’d met them myself. Whether you’re new to this series or have read some or all, you certainly won’t want to miss this one! Cheers!