On What Grounds

On What Grounds

A Coffeehouse Mystery

Book - 2003
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"With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above The Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Police arrive on the scene to investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Case closed. But Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, there are few things she just can't get out of her mind... Why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn't an accident, is Clare in danger? And...are all detectives this handsome?" --Cover, p. 4.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2003
ISBN: 9780425192139
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY COYLE...C
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 18 cm
Notes: Includes recipes and coffee-making tips
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery."


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JCLAmandaC Aug 05, 2017

I'm very conflicted about this novel and this series, in general. As a reader, I find the plotline of these books very interesting and I'm a sucker for puns (which are abundant). I also love the gumption of the main character and how hard-working, intelligent and coffee savvy she is. BUT I can't stand how stereotypical some of the characters appear to be. They irritate me to no end when her ex-husband (SPOILERS) repeatedly hits on her. She, in turn, acts, for the most part, like she doesn't have any interest in him but does give in from time to time. And her ex-mother-in-law (the sweetest lady you'll ever meet) pressures her into having a relationship with him again. For example, using Claire's old married name or introducing Claire as her daughter-in-law when meeting people. It feels like we, as a society, should be past all these shenanigans. As a coffee professional, I really do appreciate the tid-bits of information about current coffee trends. It just amazes me when the author, Cleo Coyle, makes references to people (she names Peter Giuliano from Counter Culture Coffee and I'm facebook friends with him!). It almost feels like a touch of fame. She also names companies, machines (Does anybody else remember when Starbucks bought the Clover machines or the sensational Geisha variety from Hacienda la Esmeralda?), and current coffee trends. I love the fact that she clearly did her research and, aside from using this information in her novels, is definitely capable of making a good cuppa joe. I will admit that if anybody actually drank the same amount of coffee as they do in these novels that I'm pretty sure they will overdose from caffeine poisoning (that is an actual thing).
So, all in all, I really did enjoy some parts about this book; although, I couldn't make myself finish the series. You'll learn a little bit about coffee, about mysteries, and, unfortunately, about how annoying some characters turn out to be. By all means, please read the books but decide for yourselves if they're the books for you....or not.

LovelyMurrell Jul 30, 2015

I think this is a great beginning to a good series. I like that clare is an older divorced woman with a kid in college. She has part owner ship in a his toric coffee house that she used to manage 10 years ago. Her ex-mother in law wanted to leave the shop to someone who cares as much about it as she does. the other owner is clares ex husband who dosesnt act like he wants to be her ex any more. there is a mystery to solve and lots of good coffee involved too. I like to say I like my sugar with coffee and cream. The mysteries in this story is just the vehicle for good world building and great chracters

tomboygirl Apr 09, 2013

Very good beginning. I read Roast Mortem and Holiday Grind decided to go back to the beginning. I love mysteries and it is good evry now and then to make a new friend.


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Dec 19, 2011

Goodreads Summary: 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?


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