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On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
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Introducing a delightful new series featuring Clare Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…

Clare arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still, Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, Clare can’t help wondering…If this was an act of murder, is she in danger?

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1)On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun book! I love coffee and so I thoroughly enjoyed reading about making espresso in particular. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and is looking for a light read and to anyone who loves coffee.

The author Cleo Coyle brought fun facts into the storyline as the main protagonist shared her love for coffee and the business of coffee which was my most favorite part of the story. I also enjoyed the casual, conversational style of writing for this book.

The main protagonists were interesting. It was a bit squirrelly in tone and character at times. This was coupled with tangents of explanations of behavior rather than showing the reader through action, which was fine on occasion but became less connected and lacked focus when it came to actual character and relationship development. Rabbit trails became rabbit holes and some were simply less illogical in nature. However I still thoroughly enjoyed the energy that the author was able to convey throughout the building of the plot and I will definitely look forward to reading the next in series.

And there are lovely recipes! My sister made Clare’s Cappuccino Walnut Cheesecake and it was so delicious!

MY FAVORITE LINES:

“As the 1902 coffee almanac put it, “When coffee is bad it is the wickedest thing in town; when good, the most glorious.”

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