A Coffeehouse Mystery
Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi gives her coffee truck a "jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. With them, Clare receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods. The police dismiss "Sleeping Beauty" as a drug overdose, but Clare is not so sure. If she doesn't figure it out, those magic beans will leave her with an unhappy ending.
ONCE UPON A GRIND is a great addition to the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Each book is interesting and flows without a hitch. Clare is a likable character who takes the reader on a ride right beside her as she pokes and prods to figure things out. A fun read with some great recipes as bonus.
Reviewed by Kathy Fisher