On What Grounds
"The perfect cup of coffee is a mystifying thing. To many of my customers, the entire process seems like some sort of alchemy they dare not try at home...." Ten years ago, Clare Cosi left an unhappy marriage along with a job she loved: managing the historic Village Blend coffeehouse in New York's... show more
"The perfect cup of coffee is a mystifying thing. To many of my customers, the entire process seems like some sort of alchemy they dare not try at home...." Ten years ago, Clare Cosi left an unhappy marriage along with a job she loved: managing the historic Village Blend coffeehouse in New York's Greenwich Village. For a decade, she was happy raising her daughter in the quiet suburbs of New Jersey; but now that Joy is grown and gone, life has gotten way too quiet for Clare. With a little cajoling from Madame, the Blend's flamboyant, elderly owner, Clare agrees to return to her old job, and right from the start she gets one heck of a jolt. On her first morning back as Village Blend manager, Clare unlocks the front door to find her beautiful, young assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. As Anabelle is rushed to the hospital, police arrive to investigate, but Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play, and he deems it an accident. Clare disagrees; and after Quinn leaves, there are a few questions she just can't get out of her mind, like why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn't an accident, are her other baristas in danger? And are all NYPD detectives this attractive?
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: September 2nd 2003
Pages no: 275
Edition language: English
, Mystery Thriller
, New York
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
, Cozy Mystery
, Murder Mystery
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery (#1)
I must admit that while I enjoyed book one of the series, I am not running out to buy the next installment. On the other hand, I am not saying that I'm done with it. Coyle kept us guessing until the end whodunit but there is just too much waxing eloquent/pontificating on the joys of coffee along the...
Good storyline, good characters. Shame about the repetition of descriptions of people etc which felt she copied and pasted them from one chapter to the next.
Although this book was written first in 2003, this series, or at least this very first book seems to have withstood the passage of time. Some things will seem a little dated but not enough to take away from the pleasure of the book.This book does hit a few of the genres formulaic points that make th...
I really enjoyed this mystery. I didn't figure it out before it ended, so that was a plus. The characters and the coffee "facts" kept me interested. I will check out the other books in the series.
For Clare coffee isn't just her profession, it's her life. Lured out of a self imposed exile to manage The Grind, Manhattan's premier café, she arrives one morning to discover the body of her assistant manager. The police are convinced it's an accident but things aren't adding up and Clare (with the...