Book Review: Scene of the Grind by Tonya Kappes

Posted July 7, 2018 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Scene of the Grind by Tonya KappesScene of the Grind (Killer Coffee #1) by Tonya Kappes
Narrator: Madeline Mrozek
Published by Self-published on 06-15-18
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

After a bitter divorce, Roxanne Davis (her friends, though few call her Roxie) has moved back home to Honey Springs, Kentucky where she's opened the tourist lakefront town's first coffee house, The Beanhive.

With the excitement of the Beanhive opening and rush of business, Roxie is moving on with her life until she finds that one of her best customers was found dead after eating one of Roxie's best-selling doughnuts.

Gossip in Honey Springs is as hot at the coffee served at the Beanhive and Roxie has to uncover who is behind the murder not only to save her shop, but her life.

Roxie gets a divorce and leaves her previous life as a lawyer to start anew as a coffee shop owner in the little town of Honey Springs where her aunt lives. Going back to Honey Springs means being back to the tumult of her young years, and back to seeing the sweetheart from her youth, but things will get complicated when one of the town inhabitants is murdered and Roxie’s aunt is one of the suspects.

I always say that cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure, and I like to find time to get into one of them once in a while. This one had all the ingredients that make this kind of books refreshing and relaxing: a good set of charismatic characters, a small town, humor, some romance, and the mystery at hand. I enjoyed discovering new leads with Roxie, and I found the detail of the dog really endearing, especially because I love schanuzers (our family dog is a schanuzer). Animals always make life better!

The story was entertaining and Kappes made me doubt about the killer, which I think it’s a plus. Nevertheless, I missed to see the urgency of catching the killer towards the end of the book since Roxie’s aunt was already cleared by the police.

I think Madeline Mrozek did a wonderful job narrating this book, providing different voices and styles for all the characters, and especially becoming Roxie and transmitting her emotions. When Roxie’s aunt innocence was proven, it was Mrozek’s compelling narration what kept me going.

A great listen that I would absolutely recommend to anyone into cozy mysteries.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars