Brewing Up Murder

Brewing Up Murder

by Neila Young

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BN ID: 2940158611636
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Series: Coffee Cup Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 309,885
File size: 553 KB

About the Author

Neila Young is a Midwestern girl and a lover of coffee, live music, and horror movies, not necessarily in that order. Writing (and reading) mysteries are Neila’s passion, and she approaches each day by thinking, “everything is a story.” She has been writing all her life and can’t remember a time when she wanted to do anything else. She loves to take notes and spin tales about the quirky characters she meets, and she has found that she can create some great stories by asking “what if” and “suppose that…” Neila studied journalism at the University of Kansas and then spent many years suffering the trials of corporate America, writing about everything from financial risk management to software user manuals to website copy about radiators (sadly, that’s not a joke). She finally decided to take the plunge and write the cozy mysteries she loves so much, complete with recipes! When Neila is not writing, she’s probably hanging out at a coffee shop or fighting evil with the help of her very supportive husband, two awesome children who constantly ask to have characters named after them, and the most loveable dog in the world, Dizzy.

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Brewing Up Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries, #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Neila Young's Brewing Up Murder Exciting read in the new Neila Young the Coffee Cup Mysteries. Blake Harper owns and runs the Mystery Cup Café in Wilton, Missouri. The town is use to the mysterious happenings as years back a string of unsolved murder occurred in the area. Blake is single and live with her cat, Ninja. Her family and friends lives in the town and the reader will meet and interact with them throughout the story. They add a lot of the ingredients that make up a new mystery.......who killed Blake's barista?? The barista, Nikki was strangled in the Mystery Cup Cafe found in a mound of coffee beans where she stayed to receive a delivery and do inventory. Who killed her? Was Nikki the intended victim or was it supposed to be Blake? What was the motive? Is the mysterious murder back in action? Brewing Up Murder is fast paced mystery, intriguing with plenty of action, twist and turns to keep the reader turning the pages faster and faster. The tension was thick with plenty of suspense great chills, thrills with unexpected twists. The characters are well developed, very realistic and very interesting. They are believablely involved in a puzzling plot that keeps you glued to the book from start to finish. You will want to visit this small realistic town with all the quirkiness a small town offers. Adding to the brew is a touch of humor and romance. Looking forward to reading the next in the new series. Kudos to the author for an entertaining and enjoyable read!!!!! I volunteered to read the book. Thanks to the author and publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read and will be on the lookout for additional books in the series as they come out. The main character, Blake Harper, is well developed-she’s personable, funny, and fiercely loyal to her family, friends, and her beloved coffee shop. The supporting characters in the book are well developed as well, and it is very entertaining as Blake meets two very different, but handsome and intriguing men. There a plot twist throughout which will keep you on your toes as you follow along and try to solve the mystery at the same time as Blake. Overall, a wonderful read that can be quickly devoured or savored like a delicious cup of coffee!
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Wilton, Missouri is famous for a series of murders committed fifty years ago by the Wilton Strangler. Blake Harper, owner of the Mystery Cup Cafe, keeps mystery alive in her cafe by placing a mystery ingredient in a large display cup, using that ingredient to make a new signature pastry for the next month. It keeps her regular clientele guessing the ingredient, most recently, chocolate-covered espresso beans for her brownies. But Blake never expecting to be involved in a mystery of her own, found her barista murdered in the storeroom. With her sister Kyle part of the police force investigating this murder, Blake should know better than to investigate on her own, but she can't help asking questions...questions that could make her the next victim. This is the first book in a new series and gets off to a good start. The characters are interesting and have developed good relationships with each other. There is a hint of romance for Blake, with not one, but two leading men. And there are clues galore as to the identity of the murderer, but the final solution was still a surprise. And there is a recipe at the end for the famous espresso brownies! Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of this book.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
I very rarely give out 5 star ratings and the book must be pretty exceptional for that. I usually would only give a cozy mystery a 4 star as the highest rating, but felt that this book deserved more. It was very well developed with great characters that are excellently fleshed out. The plot was interesting with good twists that made for a plausible conclusion that was done excellently. It's one of the few times that I didn't see the killer's identity from the very beginning. It also was a very interesting story to me because of the setting. One it is set around a coffeehouse, which is near and dear to my existence, but also because it is set in the Midwest around towns that I have been to or lived in. I can't wait to read what the author comes up with next in this series!
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries #1) is an entertaining and fun read. It is set in Wilton, Missouri, a small town whose claim to fame is its being the location of the twelve "Red Roses" unsolved serial killings years before. Capitalizing on this unsolved mystery, the businesses on the town's main street bear names reflecting that history, such as The Mystery Cup, Sliced, and Macabre Reads. When another murder occurs in Wilton, Blake Harper, owner of The Mystery Cup Coffee Shop, is determined to solve it, although it means going against the advice of her sister Kyle, who one of the town's police detectives. There is wonderful character development in this book, especially that of Blake's family, and I especially enjoyed her fiery sister-in-law, Rachel, who is determined to use her matchmaking skills on Blake, despite some dismal failures. Brewing Up Murder is a quick and delightful read, with just the right touch of mystery, family, friendship and potential romance, and the plot has several twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. This book also has two delicious recipes at the end (chocolate espresso brownies, anyone?) that I can't wait to try! I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the further adventures of Blake and Co. in future books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder by Neila Young was a quickly paced cozy mystery with some intriguing and likable characters. Ms. Young's descriptive writing made me feel right at home in Wilton, MO. Blake Harper is an independent young woman who loves her small town, her family and her cafe, the Mystery Cup Cafe. As this is the first book in the series, Ms. Young took her time with developing the characters and it was appreciated by me that I had the time to get to know these characters so well as the story pulled me into the pages. There were a few twists, plenty of suspects, a possibility of romance for Blake with two eligible men in Wilton and a dramatic reveal that left me completely satisfied. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t like a tall, dark, handsome and rich…cup of coffee? Blake Harper is a coffee shop owner in the tourist town of Wilton, Missouri, famous for a serial killer and his 12 victims from years ago. When one of Blake’s employees is murdered, she knows she must find out who did it. The middle child, Blake has close ties with her younger sister, a Wilton PD Dective who does NOT want her sister sleuthing around the murder, and her older brother, a local doctor set on finding the perfect match for her. The characters and story line are solid and it flows well. It is so well written that you can close your eyes and imagine being a part of the action. Toss is a childhood rival, some handsome hunks with real romance potential, and a bunch of coffee, this book makes for an enjoyable read. I was lucky to be able to read an ARC of this first installment in the new Coffee Cup Cozy Mysteries series. I am looking forward to my next visit to Wilton when book two arrives.
dmhalvers More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder is the first book in Neila Young’s Coffee Cup Mystery Series, and what a treat it is! I love cozy mysteries that are set in a coffee shop, likely because of my addiction to caffeine, and this book did not disappoint. In addition to causing serious cravings for anything coffee, it was an intriguing mystery with memorable characters. I especially loved the relationship between Blake and her family, felt it was very realistic, and can really relate to her brother/sister-in-law’s attempts at setting Blake up on blind dates. The mystery itself was intriguing, and I fully admit to buying into one of the red herrings that were thrown in. This book kept me guessing until the very end, which is what I like! I also love cozies with a little romance thrown in, and there is a love triangle here as Blake has two interested suitors. To be honest though, I am feeling rather meh about both men because that I didn’t really feel any chemistry between them and Blake. Perhaps this will be something that will develop as the series continues. Overall, the book is wonderful, and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series! I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
291713 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing first book in the Coffee Cup series! Neila Young has created a mysterious town and characters. The town, which develops from the folklore of unsolved serial murders, creates a unique backdrop for this cozy mystery. The author’s character development is modern and refreshing. The main character is curious and light hearted with a cast of relatable friends and family to add depth, humor and sparks of love interests along the way. Especially interesting is the development of the potential men in her life who are seemingly polar opposites. As the mystery evolves with everything from break-ins to murder, the reader is thankfully not lead down a predictable path. There are multiple suspects adding to the suspense and the reveal still catches you by surprise. I enjoyed the writing and quick pace of the book. It was hard to put down and with a cliff hanging love triangle, I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
4.5 *Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest. Blake Harper owns Mystery Cup, a coffee joint and tasty bakery in a little town in Missouri made famous by some murders committed eons ago. People come from far and wide to take in the murder-y atmosphere. However, when Blake’s crappy barista gets whacked in her café’s kitchen Blake is not only justifiably upset, she’s determined to figure out who did it and why. It doesn’t matter that the investigation is headed by her own sister and she’s been told to back off more than once, Blake just cannot leave things alone. And we all know that never leads to good things, right? What an excellent cozy mystery! I will say that Blake gets on my nerves just a tiny bit, with her snooping and such, but I actually do like her gumption and her humor. The mystery of “who” kept me guessing all the way to the end and I have to say I did not see that coming. I did, however, figure out the connection before Blake did, so I will pat myself on the back for that. Now that the murder is solved we need to get down to the nitty gritty here. How is Blake going to choose between the two men who have shown up in town, wanting to date her? Of course, I’m not asking her to rush to a decision and hope to see both men in future books. They each have their strengths, so I hope she dates them for awhile before she makes a decision. I know which Team I’m on, but I’m not sayin’. Yet. So there.
tikinan More than 1 year ago
Not a dull moment with fun characters, a well-paced plot, and an excellent twist. I really enjoyed this book and will be back for more in the series!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This was a super fun read for me. Neila Young is a new author to me but I'll be reading more by her. Brewing up Murder was set in a coffee shop. The town is well known for a series of murders long past & the new murder raises a lot of unsolved questions. This was the first book in the Coffee Cup series & I look forward to reading more! Can't wait to see which guy Blake ends up with. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
AWilcox777 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited when I first read the blurb for this book. It was right up my alley and I'm so excited to say that Neila didn't disappoint even a teeny bit. It was a well written mystery that kept me guessing until the reveal at the end. It has great characters you can identify with, they have intriguing backstories and she gave us just enough to keep us wanting more. I seriously look forward to the next Coffee Cup Mystery! Thank you Neila!!!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder by Neila Young is a perfect start to a new series. Blake Harper is an interesting character and her ability to make mouth watering treats is a plus. Owning The Mystery Cup in a small town seems like a perfect career, especially for coffee lover and connoisseur Blake . Finding the right help is a struggle for Blake and her employee is certainly testing her patience. When her employee offers to stay late and do inventory, Blake is hesitant, but agree. What's the worst thing that could happen, Blake thinks, unknowing of the disaster that is about to invade her life. Mix in a little love triangle, stir in an overprotective family and add a dash of murder and you too will become embroiled in a topsy turvy mystery that will keep you guessing until the bitter end. Cozy mystery lovers will want to put this on their to be read pile. I can't wait to read more in this new series. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
SMGoGo85 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Brewing Up Murder! It was a the perfect first installment to begin a series, I plan to continue read this series. The characters are likable and the strong family bond is wonderful! The town itself is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery, it's famous for an unsolved serial murder spree from nearly 40 years ago, and almost every business has a murder themed name to bring in tourists who enjoy the morbid closeness to death. Our protagonist is a woman named Blake who runs one of the local coffee shops. Her business is her baby and fills her days and nights, leaving little time for romance, despite her brother Ryan and sister Kyle's efforts to set her up with "the perfect man". A town known for murder suddenly has a fresh body, one of Blake's employees, and against her cop sister's wishes, Blake takes it upon herself to figure out who-done-it. Along with the murder there are suddenly break-ins through out the town at businesses that serve coffee and a pair of gorgeous men distracting Blake, one is a handsome, suspicious new bookstore owner next door who knew the victim, the other is a sexy new doctor. Both of them seem interested, but her main interest is to find the killer because she might be next. The story has a nice pace and keeps the reader interested, I liked how there are so many possible killers, the author Neila Young did a great job of pointing the finger at many characters and giving just enough evidence that it could be any of them and just enough reasonable doubt to keep you wondering. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery and wants to be kept guessing! I requested to borrow a digital copy of this book to review, reading this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review of this book
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries #1) is an entertaining and fun read. It is set in Wilton, Missouri, a small town whose claim to fame is its being the location of the twelve "Red Roses" unsolved serial killings years before. Capitalizing on this unsolved mystery, the businesses on the town's main street bear names reflecting that history, such as The Mystery Cup, Sliced, and Macabre Reads. When another murder occurs in Wilton, Blake Harper, owner of The Mystery Cup Coffee Shop, is determined to solve it, although it means going against the advice of her sister Kyle, who one of the town's police detectives. There is wonderful character development in this book, especially that of Blake's family, and I especially enjoyed her fiery sister-in-law, Rachel, who is determined to use her matchmaking skills on Blake, despite some dismal failures. Brewing Up Murder is a quick and delightful read, with just the right touch of mystery, family, friendship and potential romance, and the plot has several twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. This book also has two delicious recipes at the end (chocolate espresso brownies, anyone?) that I can't wait to try! I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the further adventures of Blake and Co. in future books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries #1) is an entertaining and fun read. It is set in Wilton, Missouri, a small town whose claim to fame is its being the location of the twelve "Red Roses" unsolved serial killings years before. Capitalizing on this unsolved mystery, the businesses on the town's main street bear names reflecting that history, such as The Mystery Cup, Sliced, and Macabre Reads. When another murder occurs in Wilton, Blake Harper, owner of The Mystery Cup Coffee Shop, is determined to solve it, although it means going against the advice of her sister Kyle, who one of the town's police detectives. There is wonderful character development in this book, especially that of Blake's family, and I especially enjoyed her fiery sister-in-law, Rachel, who is determined to use her matchmaking skills on Blake, despite some dismal failures. Brewing Up Murder is a quick and delightful read, with just the right touch of mystery, family, friendship and potential romance, and the plot has several twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. This book also has two delicious recipes at the end (chocolate espresso brownies, anyone?) that I can't wait to try! I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the further adventures of Blake and Co. in future books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries #1) is an entertaining and fun read. It is set in Wilton, Missouri, a small town whose claim to fame is its being the location of the twelve "Red Roses" unsolved serial killings years before. Capitalizing on this unsolved mystery, the businesses on the town's main street bear names reflecting that history, such as The Mystery Cup, Sliced, and Macabre Reads. When another murder occurs in Wilton, Blake Harper, owner of The Mystery Cup Coffee Shop, is determined to solve it, although it means going against the advice of her sister Kyle, who one of the town's police detectives. There is wonderful character development in this book, especially that of Blake's family, and I especially enjoyed her fiery sister-in-law, Rachel, who is determined to use her matchmaking skills on Blake, despite some dismal failures. Brewing Up Murder is a quick and delightful read, with just the right touch of mystery, family, friendship and potential romance, and the plot has several twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. This book also has two delicious recipes at the end (chocolate espresso brownies, anyone?) that I can't wait to try! I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the further adventures of Blake and Co. in future books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Brewing Up Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries #1) is an entertaining and fun read. It is set in Wilton, Missouri, a small town whose claim to fame is its being the location of the twelve "Red Roses" unsolved serial killings years before. Capitalizing on this unsolved mystery, the businesses on the town's main street bear names reflecting that history, such as The Mystery Cup, Sliced, and Macabre Reads. When another murder occurs in Wilton, Blake Harper, owner of The Mystery Cup Coffee Shop, is determined to solve it, although it means going against the advice of her sister Kyle, who one of the town's police detectives. There is wonderful character development in this book, especially that of Blake's family, and I especially enjoyed her fiery sister-in-law, Rachel, who is determined to use her matchmaking skills on Blake, despite some dismal failures. Brewing Up Murder is a quick and delightful read, with just the right touch of mystery, family, friendship and potential romance, and the plot has several twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. This book also has two delicious recipes at the end (chocolate espresso brownies, anyone?) that I can't wait to try! I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the further adventures of Blake and Co. in future books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of coffee and cozies, pick up a copy of this book. This book was pure fun! Neila Young is a new author to me and I didn’t quite know what to expect going in, but the book was a wonderful surprise. It combined some of my favorite things: coffee, cozy mysteries, and a great story.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Brewing Up Murder - Coffee Cup Mysteries Book 1 Author: Neila Young Publisher: Red Adept Publishing LLC Published: 7-19-2017 Pages: 207 Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Sub-Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Amateur Sleuths, Cozy Mystery ISBN: 97819402155990 ASIN: B073FR9RZW Reviewed For NetGalley and Red Adept Publishing Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars A quick easy read with funny likable characters can not begin to tell how much fun Brewing Up Coffee is to read. As I was reading I found myself looking for a cup or the dark rich brew and I do not even like coffee. The plot was well thought out and keeps you smiling, there are few moments of hold your breath suspense but over all it fits the cozy genre by staying light, clean and not to much of the darker side of mysteries. My rating of "Brewing Up Murder - Coffee Cup Mysteries Book 1" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blake Harper is the owner of the Mystery Cup Café in a town in Missouri built around murder. However, Blake gets a little TOO close to murder when one of her employees is found dead. With a vested interest in catching the killer, can Blake narrow down the suspects before more bodies pile up? I received an ARC of this book, and when I began the book, I will admit I felt like this was a freebie e-book. You know - the kind they give away because the components of a good book are all there, but they don't really gel? Well, I was pleasantly surprised, because after a couple chapters in, I began to enjoy the interactions with Blake, her sister Kyle, and other shopkeeper friends. And then there is the not one but TWO love interests that appear before Blake (we should all be so lucky). Now, I do need to mention I was not impressed with either of the love interests, though they both sound dreamy to look at. I just didn't like the vibe they put off, but I'm hoping that will change in the next book (and I can't WAIT for the next book!). I thought there would be a twist, but it wasn't the twist I thought I saw coming. The ending was fantastic and I can't wait for more books in this series and from this author.
Peggy Hyndman More than 1 year ago
Awesome New Series Brewing Up Murder is the debut novel in Neila Young’s Coffee Cup Mysteries series. The witty writing style flows smoothly at a quick pace and the book is an easy read. The mystery is well plotted and the characters are well developed, quirky, and affable. There is no shortage of suspects and the twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out who the killer is. Ms. Young has combined humor, suspense, tension, and a touch of romance and blended them perfectly. Other than some very mild adult language, this is a clean cozy mystery featuring no gratuitous sex or violence. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series and highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. Blake Harper is the owner of Mystery Cup Café in Wilton, Missouri. Wilton is famous for the unsolved murders of twelve women by strangulation that occurred nearly fifty years ago and tourists still flock to the small town. Blake is close to her siblings and extended family, which consists of her younger sister, Kyle, who is a Wilton police detective and her boyfriend, Jason, who is her senior partner; her older brother, Ryan, who is a doctor and married to Rachel, and has five-year-old twins. Ryan and Rachel keep trying to set Blake up with blind dates and their current focus is on the new doctor, Adam Bryant, and the new owner of Macabre Reads, Sean Larson. There are several competing cafés in Wilton – Micah and Molly Brand, who are brother and sister, own Sliced Restaurant & Bakery and Sabrina Lang, who has been Blake’s arch nemesis since the first grade owns Café Muerte. Late one evening, Blake goes to the café to check on Nikki, her recently hired barista, who had volunteered to do the monthly inventory and discovers the kitchen in disarray and Nikki’s body on the floor, half buried in coffee beans. Everyone tries to discourage Blake from getting involved in the investigation, but she loves solving puzzles and can’t refrain from asking questions and snooping around, which places her in harm’s way. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.