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On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Great read - even for non-coffee-lovers!

I enjoy reading mystery novels, and I'm always surprised by the inventive settings and plots for murder and mayhem. Recently, while I was waiting for the latest book in my current mystery series, I decided to try something new. I was browsing the mystery shelves, before...
I enjoy reading mystery novels, and I'm always surprised by the inventive settings and plots for murder and mayhem. Recently, while I was waiting for the latest book in my current mystery series, I decided to try something new. I was browsing the mystery shelves, before sitting in the B&N cafe to have my morning hot chocolate and scone, when the cover with "Coffeehouse Mystery Series" caught my eye. I was intrigued, since, here I was at a coffeehouse, looking for a mystery series... Could it be fate? Apparently so! I picked up 'On What Grounds' to read in the cafe, and I was instantly hooked by the novel setting, the interesting cast, and the colorful writing style. I especially liked that it was written in 1st-person, so I felt truly connected with the main character. Of course, the descriptions of coffee-related beverages and food made my mouth water - and I don't even drink coffee! The recipes and tips, related to all things coffee, at the back of the book are a unique touch that makes this series useful as well as entertaining. I have already purchased the second and third book, and can't wait to continue reading!

posted by 6tessa9 on May 10, 2010

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not much in the plot

The plot didn't move much. There were some "teases" but it didn't go anywhere with them. There were some interesting twists. Good information for those who love coffee. The average coffee drinker would say, "Neat information" and then hope to get on with the plot soon.

posted by nookbookworm on June 10, 2010

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    I really hoped for the best with this series. I like the other s

    I really hoped for the best with this series. I like the other series (Haunted Bookshop) and wish she would go back to it.
    This series had potential but it drifted too far into the dissertation on the correct procedures to roast, grind and brew coffee. The mysteries are lost. I read the first one and thought...ok, not bad...a little to heavy with the description of the perfect espresso...maybe the next book will be better. Unfortunately, I was wrong, again too much time on coffee and not enough time on the actual mystery. I actually read the first two books and part of the third. I did the classic skip to the end to find out whodunnit and went...huh??? I had to go back and find out who the murderer and the supposed murderer were...they are not introduced until way into the last third of the book because again she spent far too long describing the perfect espresso.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Wanted to Like It

    I wanted to like this book, but it just never really engaged me. I love mysteries and cozy coffee shops, so I gave this book a shot (so to speak). From the description of the characters, I presumed they'd be interesting, but, somehow, they never seemed to develop any depth. They felt shallow, self-involved, and uninteresting. I stuck it out through 16 chapters, but then had to concede defeat. I flipped to the last chapter, saw "who dunit", and gratefully tossed it aside.

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