Review: On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

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Published: September 1st, 2003

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages/Length: 8 hours as audiobook

Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #1

 

4 Stars

 

Introducing a delightful new series featuring Clare Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…

Clare arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still, Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, Clare can’t help wondering…If this was an act of murder, is she in danger?

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Hello all and I hope your New Year has been going well! At the time of writing this (and the two other reviews I’m behind on) I will have finished four books so far in January! That’s usually my monthly goal as one a week is all I have time for once school starts, but adding audiobooks in here and there has been both fun and great for my reading goals!

On What Grounds follows Clare as she returns to her old life, so to speak, and gets a lot more than she bargained for in terms of a murdered assistant manager, a live-in ex-husband, and a whole lot of drama. We get introduced to a lot of characters in this, but they’re relatively easy to keep track of, especially since the narrator gives them all their own distinct voices.

Normally it takes a lot for a mystery to surprise me, especially when it comes to unveiling the killer and the whole plot behind the dastardly deeds, and I’ve been let down a lot by mysteries and thrillers in the past. This one, however, delivered the perfect amount of punch! I didn’t see the ending coming and a lot was revealed throughout the book that shocked me, all the while the author is weaving us into this hyper realistic community and introducing a very real cast of characters.

This was an absolutely phenomenal audiobook! I got it courtesy of my library, they have the whole series as both audiobooks and ebooks, and I plan to listen to the rest through them as well. I want to make it clear that this five star rating is partially due to the narrator, Rebecca Gibel, and the fact that she can narrate the shit out of an audiobook. She was so entertaining to listen to and I think had I simply read this book, and the other, it would have been a three or four star review, but her narration put these over the top for me.

Overall I really liked this book as a piece but loved it as an audiobook. If this is on your radar and you have the opportunity to listen to it instead of just reading it then I highly suggest you do! I already finished book two, but I’m very excited to listen to the others!

Side note: Sorry for the lack of quotes here! I listened to this mostly while driving so I wasn’t able to keep track of any and Goodreads didn’t have any good ones listed.

Happy reading

 

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