On What Grounds
Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has been tricked into sharing the apartment above The Village Blend with her ex-husband, Matt. Naturally she's unhappy with the situation, and her feelings towards Matt are complicated. The fact that she might be developing feelings for a certain Lieutenant Quinn doesn't help simplify things.
When Clare finds the Village Blend's pretty young assistant manager unconscious and near death at the foot of the coffeehouse's basement stairs she is certain that Annabelle had not met with an accident, in spite of the conclusions of the police and the hospital. Clare is determined to find out who wanted Annabelle dead, even if it puts her in danger.
I loved this book! It was a very fun, light cozy mystery, (if any book about murder can be called fun and light.)
On What Grounds was the perfect blend of plot and characters set against a backdrop so steeped in coffee that I swear I could smell it brewing!
On What Grounds is the first in The Coffeehouse mystery series. There is great scope for character developement as the series progresses, and I can't wait to read more! I'm completely hooked!
Cleo Coyle is actually the pen name for a husband and wife team, who also write The Haunted Bookshop mysteries under the psuedonym Alice Kimberly. I highly recommend both series!