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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?
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3 out of 5 stars
By Victor on 07-20-14

Protagonist a bit naive, loves describing coffee!

What did you like best about On What Grounds? What did you like least?

It was easy to listen to; it reminded me of a Lifetime movie. The writing was good, but at times the protagonist asks a lot of questions that don't need to be asked, and is a little verbose. The actions and words of the main character are a little unrealistic, a little too innocent, a little too nice. For example, if someone is going to try to ruin your life, you wouldn't exclaim "You bastard!" - that's probably the most foul language used in the book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The descriptions of coffee preparation are nice, but they make it sound like a book written in a coffee house by a coffee house worker looking to move on from working in a coffee house. The least interesting aspect was the list of characters who seem stock.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't really have any favorite scenes; the book doesn't seem to have too many highs or lows - it's just a nice smooth story, like a nice cup of coffee.

Did On What Grounds inspire you to do anything?


Any additional comments?

If you're looking for something relaxing to occupy your time, this is a good book; it won't take you to many places that will startle you or make you uncomfortable.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pam on 06-07-13

Stands out

I started listening to "On What Grounds" with very low expectations. I was interested in exploring fiction in the mystery sub-genre where activities such as crafts or cooking propel the plot. I've read books where knitting is the focus, and jewelry making, and baking, and now this. Sadly, I have found the writing in some of the others to be lacking. In this one, however, the cafe was central to the plot and the descriptions and dialog were rich and authentic. It stands out from the others in this genre, and I plan to read more of the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By india havard on 01-04-18

Interesting and educational!

The narrator was great, I thought she brought the story to life. I loved the characters and the storyline and found that I surprisingly learnt a lot about coffee! Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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3 out of 5 stars
By L on 04-02-15


I kind of liked this, but kind of didn't. The characters are okay, but not great and I didn't really get drawn into their story. I also found the whole book a little too 'Go USA, USA #1' for my liking. If you don't mind that kind of thing you'll probably enjoy the book more than I did. The narrator does a good job, so that was a plus. Really not sure I'll get any of the other books in the series based on this one.

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