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Holiday Grind: 11/21/18
Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle is the eighth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series. It's nearly Christmas and Claire is think-tanking some new flavors of coffee with her employees to bring a festive feel to the cafe.
Clare has invited one of the "traveling Santas" to help test the new flavors. When he doesn't show, she goes out looking for him. Of course she finds him. Of course he's dead.
I'm going to admit that holiday themed books, even in beloved series, usually set my teeth on edge. Clare's enthusiasm for Christmas borders on nauseating but it's counterpointed with a wide arrange of reactions from the other characters. This book while set during Christmas isn't designed as a feel good warm-fuzzy break from the usual tone of the series.
The next book in the series is Roast Mortem (2010)