Published: October 5th, 2004
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pages/Length: 8 hours as audiobook
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #2
Business is booming at Clare Cosi’s Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare’s life.
Now Clare will risk her heart–and her life–to follow the killer’s trail to the bitter end.
Hey guys! I’m back with another lovely audiobook review! My library borrowing goals for 2019, which I featured in my Reading Resolutions post, is going so well already!
Through the Grinder is the second installment in the saga that is the Coffeehouse Mystery series and it picks up almost immediately after the first book, On What Grounds, leaves off. This one deals with a serial killer who stages the deaths to look like accidents and it all, somehow, dives into the world of online dating. This book differs from the first in that it has both multiple victims and multiple viable suspects, but we also get more scenes from the killer’s point of view, which I really enjoyed. You get a lot of little hints from these brief snippets we spent in the killer’s POV, hints that later play out in the unveiling for the murderer.
We get to see all out old favorites again; Tucker, Mateo, Joy, and of course, Clare. But we also get introduced to a whole slew of new characters. One of the things I used to hate about mystery books were how many characters you had to keep track of, which can be especially hard if you’re just listening to this and not really visually taking it in, but I finished it so quick it was relatively easy to keep track of.
Again, the narrator for this series is absolutely amazing and Rebecca Gibel could probably narrate a complete history of the stock market and I would love it. She’s really gifted when it comes to this and a really great addition for this series. I mentioned in the review for the first that if it wasn’t for the audiobook component to this I probably wouldn’t like the series as much as I do, and that still stands with this one. I want to say this second book is a bit longer than the first and seems to drag more in spots, but since it’s narrated instead of me simply reading it it didn’t bore me as much as it would were I reading it traditionally.
The plot here was vastly different than the first book and I appreciated that, I think cozies can get a little monotonous after a while, especially a series like this that runs for a while. In fact, the ending thoroughly surprised me, even made me a little sad, but it was really really well done. I think that these are a little edgier than other cozies I’ve read in the past, even going to far as to use the f-word.
This series is different from anything I’ve read before, and I really really enjoy them. If you’ve had them on your radar than I highly suggest them as an audiobook, they’re amazing to listen to on a commute or even when you’re cleaning your house or doing other daily tasks. They’re quick listens, too! I’m super lucky because my library has all the audiobooks, so I will for sure be continuing this series into the year!
Side note: Sorry no quotes with this one! Hard to keep track when I’m driving but I’m going to try and be better when I check out book three!
The Coffeehouse Mystery Series (3-7)