On what grounds
Cozy mystery and coffee lovers - you need to check out Cleo Coyle's On What Grounds. This first book of the Coffeehouse Mysteries series introduces us to Clare Cosi, a smart and sassy 30-something mom with a knack for solving crimes. The story starts with Clare moving back to New York City to manage "The Blend" coffeehouse in the beautiful Greenwich Village. Like all good mysteries, the plot has many twists. Twist 1: She's working for her ex-mother-in-law, a lovely older woman known as Madame. Twist 2: Clare's flirtatious ex-husband is a co-owner of the business and working with him is going to be a challenge. Twist 3: Just as Clare is settling in as manager of The Blend, one of the staff is found unconscious and severely injured at the bottom of the coffeehouse stairs. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Clare can't help but be suspicious. She is a witty, funny and daring protagonist with an untamed curiosity - traits that make her a very entertaining character, but which also get her in a lot of trouble! Through her relentless sleuthing and the help of a handsome and mysterious NYPD detective, Clare eventually solves the case. Mystery, romance, adventure and interesting coffee trivia - this book has all the right ingredients for a fast-paced and enjoyable read.