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Review: Trouble Brewing by Edward Winslow

Trouble BrewingTitle: Trouble Brewing
Author: Edward Winslow
Series: Standalone
Genre: Crime Novel, Comedy
Source: Amazon
Format: E-book
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon/ B&N/ Smashwords
I received this book free of charge from Amazon in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Amazon:
Dave’s no superhero, even if he does have a very unusual talent. But when a major New Zealand crime lord comes looking for two million dollars that Dave’s wife embezzled, he needs to learn to act like one.

Cover Love: When I first saw the cover of Trouble Brewing, I was positive it was going to be about coffee. Lol, I was way off. It’s TEA.

This was such a refreshing read because as serious as it could be, it was a really lighthearted story. Dave is the protagonist and he really doesn’t have much of a backbone but he does grows into it later in the book. Dave is just down on his luck and appears to be a really miserable man because of his current situation. He works at a job he hates and not only did his wife, Belinda, pulled a Ponzi scheme but the people she ripped off are looking for their money back. They want it from Belinda or Dave one way or another.

I really like the supporting characters. Jean was hilarious with his flamboyant personality. Liza was rough around the edges but she was really cool. She completely decided to help out Dave and all he did for her was helped  her gather her stuff from her ex-girlfriend’s place.  She was somewhat of a selfless character and the brains of the operation to gain two million dollars. The plan is to steal a diamond necklace worth that much money. (I would have never about that, I think I would have rob a casino or  a bank. Where else am I going to get two million dollars). The way he robs the necklace is pretty sweet.

I thought the  power to heat up and cool down tea as a power was a little lame that it was funny. “I’m a superhero but I can only work with tea.” Umm, okay. Winslow showed that Dave could be badass using tea only, he totally prove that controlling tea is not a lame power but very useful.

My one problem with this book is the second diamond heist. The first diamond heist is committed by Dave in order to pay off the two million dollars. The second diamond heist is committed by Dave (again) because he doesn’t want Crowley to use the diamond he (Dave) stole to seal a deal with another major criminal.  For a guy with no backbone, he is sure hell bent on retrieving that diamond. I’ll suspend disbelief in this area for now but man, it’s a 180 degrees from the weakling Dave was.

Overall, it was a funny contemporary story about a guy who uses his tea heating ability to steal a diamond necklace.


4.5 BB-Ready for capture, Total keeper

2nd book in150+ Reading Challenge

Qualifies for Why Buy The Cow?, Self-published, E-book and Where Are You Reading? -New Zealand