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Headlines scream the news about a shocking murder in Jackson Hole, capturing the attention of former Buffalo police officer and beer expert, Bethany R. Judge. When she learns that authorities are contacting Mormon leaders to assist with the investigation, Bethany connects the dots to a cryptic postcard she received from a “friend” she met in Munich, inviting her to visit Salt Lake City.

Bethany travels to the heart of Wyoming’s Teton Range to start her investigation and, within hours of arriving, samples an award-winning selection of craft beers at one of Jackson’s oldest and best breweries. Before long, she befriends a long-time local resident who reveals a story that links the attempted assassination of a U.S. President to an anti-government Mormon zealot .

Her quest for answers leads Bethany to a Utah beer festival, to a craft distillery, and to many breweries along the way. After witnessing a brutal murder, she drinks away the memory only to wake from her drunken slumber with the realization that her love of beer might prove deadly.

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Thomas J. Miller


Thomas J. Miller is a prolific writer for the beer and wine industries. Among his publications, he was a columnist for Brew Your Own, BrewPub, and WineMaker magazines. A home brewer since 1990, he worked as an assistant brewer in Germany and Wyoming.

BOOK ONE in the Bethany R. Judge series

About the Novel:

Divorced and retired, Buffalo police officer Bethany Judge is finally free to fulfill her dreams. Recently certified as a beer expert, she travels to Munich, Germany, for Oktoberfest. Hobnobbing with local brewers, her vacation is a dream come true … until it becomes a nightmare. 


Caught up in the excitement, Bethany over-imbibes and wakes on a train with a hangover and a dead man and no clue what happened. She’s initially a suspect, but soon, a single murder escalates to a series of crimes, including the deaths of two brewery workers. Are the deaths related?


Retired and in a foreign country, Bethany can’t run around kicking doors down and chasing suspects, but she does agree to do a bit of spying. These multiple murders are just a smoke screen to cover a much larger conspiracy—one that threatens both Germany and the world. And to think, all Bethany wanted was some beer.


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