Title: A Cup of Murder (A Roasted Love Cozy Mystery #1)
Author: Cam Larson
Original Publication Date: November 07, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s been a rough week for Laila Rook, the barista at Roasted Love, a community favorite indie coffeehouse that serves coffee in ceramic cups and features art from local artists on the walls.
A new upscale chain coffeehouse, Sunrise, opened across the street, and Laila’s customers are leaving. The owner of Sunrise, Michael Simms wants to put Roasted Love out of business and enjoys letting them know with his rudeness and his mean Doberman.
Jacob Weaver, the owner of Roasted Love won’t back down, and he’s not being too quiet about it, either.
When the owner of Sunrise, Michael Simms, is found murdered by poison in his coffee and the Jacob is the prime suspect, Laila has to decide if Jacob could be guilty and figure out how to save Roasted Love from closing – not to mention balance a cute paramedic and an orphaned Doberman.
Between Jacob’s mood swings and things not adding up, the clock is ticking on the future of Roasted Love
MY MINI REVIEW
I’ve never read a cozy mystery novel except A Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke before I was even old enough to really understand it. Noriko at Book Fiend Site often reviews cozy mysteries and got me interested in looking for one I might enjoy.
A lot of novels written in this genre are in 3rd person and I’ve said it time and time again: I only enjoy 1st person narratives so I read a few samples of different cozy mysteries with food and/or drinks on the cover until I found this Roasted Love series by Cam Larson; the first I came across written how I prefer.
When I first started reading, I noticed right away that there were tons of grammar, structure, and spelling errors– it was almost laughable. Some might put the book down immediately because of this but, I kept reading since there aren’t that many pages and hey, I was curious as to who poisoned Michael! Laila, Jacob, and the coffee shop girls are like a little family. Thor is the best dog ever! He has a bigger role than some of the humans and is my favorite character out of them all. I could’ve done without the romance, I just wasn’t a fan of the guy but, I understand why it was important that he be included. I love the cafe scenery; Roasted Love sounds so cozy. I would definitely be a regular there if I lived nearby, especially to listen in on all the gossip! I would maybe even enjoy working there!
I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was the whole time and Cam Larson does make it quite easy to guess but, she definitely throws in a few curve balls here and there that made me doubt myself. The story is fast-paced and there’s always some action going on.
Sadly, the writing was completely amateur so I was unable to find one single quote to highlight.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Dates Read: October 25-October 26, 2018