Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #1
Published by Penguin on 2003
Number of Pages: 275
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
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?
I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. And so I know little to nothing about coffee drinks. That totally didn’t matter. If a coffee drink was mentioned, there was also a quick description. There was a lot of information about various brewing methods, types of beans, how to make the perfect cup of coffee, etc. And not being a coffee drinker, I expected that to bother me. It didn’t at all, it just made Clare’s character seem more real. She was totally into the coffee business, and her enthusiasm was just part of her character.
I didn’t care much for her ex-husband, and he was a central character for a good bit of the book. If she gets back together with him, I will be very disappointed. I really liked Quinn though, and Clare’s interactions with him and the other police officers made me laugh! Java, her cat was more than just a passing reference, she actually played a useful role in the mystery.
As for the mystery itself? I had NO IDEA who was behind Annabelle’s accident. I kept guessing, and then my guess would be disproved. So I’d guess someone else, and it wouldn’t be them either! I love when the mystery isn’t obvious and keeps you guessing like that until the very end.
It wasn’t quite believable that they got so much information, and so quickly, about Annabelle’s step-mother in her hotel room. But by that point in the story, I had already been sucked in and was willing to forgive small leaps in believability.
At the end of the book, there are recipes for a few types of coffee, a cheesecake, and two alcoholic drinks. All of which were used in the story itself.
If you like mysteries with lots of humor, interesting twists, and far from obvious bad guys, you need to try this book. I will be picking up the next in the series, soon.