Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse ... until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Police arrive on the scene to investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Case closed. But Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, there are a few things she just can't get out of her mind. Why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn't an accident, is Clare in danger? And ... are all detectives this handsome?
Personally, I found Claire to be a very annoying, self-centered heroine. If the character described her own heart shaped face or generous breasts one more time, I was ready to scream! The coffee information storing, roasting, the horrors of decaf are interesting enough, but should be at the end of the story, not taking up 1-2 pages in the midst of the mystery and distracting from the story, such as it was. I read 2 or 3 others in the series before giving up.
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