Once Upon A Grind

Once Upon A Grind

A Coffeehouse Mystery

Book - 2014
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"When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi roasts "magic" beans for Fairy Tale Week, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets... 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. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical--until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods. The police dismiss "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a roster of suspects, from a wolf of Wall Street to a New York Giant and a wicked witch of the West Side. Now Clare is really in the woods--with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425270851
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Coy


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Jun 11, 2018

This was the first book in the series that I read . . . and I love it! I have been greedily consuming this series every since. The characters are very likeable, the story lines are engaging, and the suspense is excellent. I highly recommend this series as well!

Dec 25, 2014

I loved it! It kept me engaged throughout the entire book and if I hadn't had other responsibilities, I would have stayed awake until I completed the book, even though I didn't start reading it until 2am. At one point, I feared that the reveal of the villain would be a bit boring and predictable, but then there was an unexpected turn that added tension to the story. I'm looking forward to see where the series goes next!


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