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Through the Grinder: 11/15/17
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle is the second of the Coffeehouse mystery series. Clare's regular customers have started to die through a series of bizarre accidents and suicides. It looks like someone is targeting the Village Blend — could it be Claire's new Mr Right?
Like On What Grounds the book includes scenes from the perspective of the murderer. In the first book, this murderer point of view is only at the start of the book. This time, there are numerous asides to the point of view of the self styled "genius."
Were I reading the book in print, rather than listening to it, I would have skipped the genius's scenes. These point of view shifts are unnecessary beyond clueing in skimmers that another death is looming in the next chapter.
Despite the red herrings set up from the "genius's" scenes, I figured out the motive behind the murders about a quarter of the way through the book. Knowing who the killer was didn't lessen the enjoyment of the book. A big part of the fun of mysteries is seeing the pieces fall into place.