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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mocha Latte, Malice & Murder (Dying for a Coffee #1) by Sara Bourgeois, Savannah Marlake

Mocha Latte, Malice & Murder

Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published December 12th 2019

Goodreads synopsis: 
A fun and fresh cozy mystery filled with lighthearted family hijinks and a touch of sisterly sleuthing.

Kari and Kasi Sweet aren’t twins, but they are as close as two sisters can be. Not only do they share a house, but they both own and run On Bitter Grounds. The little coffee house is their pride and joy, and it’s one of their small town’s most popular businesses.

One night while out on an after-dinner stroll, the Sweet sisters are doing a little window shopping. Their favorite store is closed for the evening, but the lights are still on, and Kari and Kasi think their friend might let them in for a little after-hours shopping.

What they find is not what they bargained for, and the sisters stumble upon the body of Lila Baldwin. Who would want one of Mills Township’s most successful businesswomen dead?

Can the sisters figure out who committed the heinous crime, or will they find themselves caught in a killer’s deadly snare?


2.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Dying for a Coffee series by Sara Bourgeois.

I thought this was okay. The plot wasn’t the best and it was easy to confuse the two main characters since their names are so similar.

I felt like the author was trying to make this a dual POV series but it just didn’t work out. The tension and suspense all but fizzled out the second it seemed to be building.

This storyline had a ton of promise and would be great. I think this just needs a lot of polishing and rewriting. Maybe an editor’s touch would help this just to give the author pointers on crafting their whodunit more expertly. 

I couldn’t seem to find any common ground  with the main characters so the whole thing just fell flat for me.

I read this as part of the OWLs Readathon under the Defense Against the Dark Arts prompt to read a book starting with the letter M.

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