In the Drink (Mack's Bar Mystery, #3)by Allyson K. Abbott

Published July 28th 2015 by Kensington

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: Mack’s Bar and its crime-solving clientele are quickly gaining notoriety for helping solve some high-profile cases. But Mack is learning the hard way that not all press is good press…

By day, Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is the proprietress of a popular Milwaukee watering hole. But after last call, she uses her unique cocktail of extra perceptive senses to help solve some of the city’s most grisly homicides. Now, Mack and her barstool detectives are happy to help when Tiny, one of the bar’s newest patrons, asks them to look into his sister’s murder. Though the case has gone cold, Mack’s heightened senses quickly put her on the killer’s trail. But when a throng of reporters intrigued by her talents descends on Mack’s Bar, her efforts are muddled as a real-life Moriarty begins putting her infamous skills to the test, leaving Mack feeling shaken and stirred…

My Review: This is the third book in the Mack’s Bar Mystery Series. I have not read the others and will definitely need to do so. I was able to follow the story with no problem, but there were often references to things that had already occurred.

Mackenzie (Mack) runs a bar in Milwaukee. She has a close knit group of friends and bar patrons, but no family. Her father was killed a year or so ago and his girlfriend a few months later. In previous stories, Detective Duncan Albright is assigned to investigate and that is where he and Mack begin a relationship. Mack has special skills that enable her to assist with the investigation. Due to her involvement in this previous case and the senstionalism surrounding it, she is now targeted by a madman who is sending her clues to solve a mystery. If she does not solve his puzzle, he murders someone. She is also not to get any assistance from the police, particularly Duncan. While working with Mal, an undercover police officer, they begin to have feelings for one another, thus the romantic triangle which is quite realistic. She is racing against time before someone else gets killed.

Meanwhile, her group of friends and mystery solvers in the bar are working on solving a cold case involving the sister and a friend of one of its members. Both storylines work together seamlessly and the story is very absorbing.

The characters in this book are engaging, entertaining and fun. I very much enjoyed this book and wanted to finish to see if both of the mysteries get solved. I would have given this book 5 stars except, I do not like the cliffhanger that makes me wait for who knows how long until the next book is published to find out about the next letter and/or clue.The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.