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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story by P.D. Eastman
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
By Motor to the Golden Gate by Emily Post
Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett
Cleopatra in Space: The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack
Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee
Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis by Charise Mericle Harper
Demon, Volume 3 by Jason Shiga
The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
The Fog by Kyo Maclear
The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon
Lumberjanes, Volume 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Max Versus The Cube by Hanne Türk
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
Once Upon a Thriller by Carolyn Keene
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers by Harold Davis
Race the Night by Kirsten Hubbard Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Say No to Murder by Nancy Pickard
Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Under the Dragon's Tail by Maureen Jennings
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 02)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 09)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 16)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 23)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 30)
September 2017 Sources
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



On What Grounds: 10/23/17

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle is the start of the Coffeehouse Mystery series set in Greenwich Village. Clare Cosi has returned to Manhattan to manage the Village Blend for Madame (long time owner, and former mother-in -law). She and her cat Java will be living above the coffeehouse.

Everything is going smoothly with her move until she discovers her closer barely conscious at the bottom of the stairs. While the local beat cops think it was an accident, the assigned homicide detective thinks there might be more to what happened than a simple fall.

As I've mentioned before with these cozies, there's always a theme based around the expertise of the protagonist. Here it's coffee. I swear by the end of the book I felt like I could expertly run an espresso machine (even though I've never used one). There is a lot of coffee talk in this book; Clare talks more about coffee than Goldy does catering.

The mystery itself takes a little bit to unfold from the initial idea that it was an accident to getting leads and motives and possible suspects. Once the possible suspects are all introduced, the rest of the book is pretty fast paced.

The series is good enough that I've moved onto listening to the second book, Through the Grinder

Four stars

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