Grounds to Kill by Wendy Roberts

March 8th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 49 Comments

8th Mar
Grounds to Kill by Wendy Roberts
Grounds to Kill
by Wendy Roberts
Series: Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino & Murder Mystery #1
Published by: Carina Press
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Purchase
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Barista Jen Hanby's coworkers give her a hard time for bringing coffee and pastries to a homeless man who sits outside her café—but she has a secret. The scruffy man is her father.

She's also hiding the little matter of why her palm itches. But how can she explain that her hand has a mind of its own and writes messages from the beyond? Right. That'll get her Employee of the Month.

When she finds herself scrawling your boyfriend is cheating on you! to herself on the bathroom mirror, she immediately dumps the guy. But then his little fling—who just happens to be her half sister—turns up dead, and suddenly Jen's homeless father is the prime suspect.

Jen knows he is being framed and must take matters into her own hands to protect him. But will anyone believe that the crazy old man is innocent? Or that his spirit-writing daughter holds the truth?

MURDERMYSTERY nomnom paranormal ROMANCE

GROUNDS TO KILL by Wendy Roberts has been on my TBR pile forever. How could I resist a cozy mystery with a coffee theme? This novel is the first book in the Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino & Murder Mystery series featuring Barista Jen Hanby. Entertaining with a light swish of paranormal Roberts delivered a solid murder mystery with banter, suspense, and coffee!!!

Jen Hanby is a thirty-something Barista worker in a Seattle coffeehouse who has a few secrets. First, there is a reason she gives coffee and muffins to the homeless man hanging around the Barista and second when her palm itches it means there is a message from the beyond.

The tale opens with Jen’s palm itching and a message from beyond that her boyfriend is sleeping with her nemesis and half-sister Misty. Things get complicated when not only Jen and her father end up suspects in a murder investigation.

I liked Jen, who at times was a little flighty, but she made me giggle. I appreciated how she tried to protect those she loves and unravel the murder mystery. Good friends surround her, and her co-worker was someone I enjoyed. He was witty, and the teasing between them felt genuine and added humor. Jen’s pooch is adorable and has some good instincts regarding folks. Too bad it takes Jen so much time to figure things out.

Quick paced, with fun characters from the nosy older neighbor to the many suspects I slipped in rather easily and enjoyed this little cozy. There is a romance, but it is light and sweet. It looks like one that will develop as the series does. Of course, all the references to coffee had me drooling!

GROUNDS TO KILL was a fun beginning to this series. I enjoyed how the mystery wrapped up and while I figured out who fairly early the reveal shared the why. I thought Roberts did a great job with the red herrings and leads.

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About Wendy Roberts

Wendy Roberts

Wendy Roberts was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where she fended off frost bite in winter and mosquito bites in summer. At the tender age of eight Wendy’s writing career sprouted and she wrote the poignant tale of a cup of flour’s journey to become a birthday cake. It received mixed reviews from her peers. After a hiatus that lasted a few decades, she rediscovered her muse. Wendy resides in the Pacific Northwest along with four children.

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49 Responses to “Grounds to Kill by Wendy Roberts”

  1. Geybie's Book Blog

    Awesome review, Kim. I see that this book is not fully meant to be read standalone. I need to read the next books to fully enjoy the story.
    I’m not so sure about this one but the next books might be way better as the story develops, so I’ll look at this.
    Thanks for sharing, Kim. 😀

  2. Katherine

    This sounds really cute! I’m pretty sure Wendy Roberts wrote another series about a woman who ran a crime scene clean up company and could see ghosts. It was super cute and I really enjoyed it. If it’s the same author I really need to read this one! Off to go find out!