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On What Grounds | [Cleo Coyle]

On What Grounds

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.
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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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    Pam United States 06-07-13
    Pam United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Science writer in America's heartland

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    "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.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Terrie Munce 04-30-12
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    "I can smell the coffee now!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of On What Grounds to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    The ex- mother-in law is a really charming character. A little meddlesome , a little pushy but always a distinguished older woman with a lot of hutzpah. The characters personality traits are well thought out and follow through all the way to the end. The story flows nicely with just enough information on the qualities and characteristics of coffee and the many different ways in which to process, roast, grind and brew it tossed in for some interest. I found myself craving a nice , warm cup on several occasions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The author does a good job of tying all the characters together with giving you enough information for you to form their personalities without droning on and on. she ties each character together in a nice, cohesive flow. The story is light and makes the read very easy to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The narration was very nicely done.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 08-24-12
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2009

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Fun Listening"

    This book was a fun and interesting listen, it also added some good tidbits about the history of coffee. All in all it was an easy listen fireside book. I will continue with the series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-12-11
    Cheryl Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-12-11
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    "Good clean murder mystery"

    I enjoyed the story. I learned a lot about coffe and craved it all the time while I listened to this book. I did not like the introduction of the ex husband into the plot. That just felt awkward. But I loved all the rest. Rebecca Gibel did a nice job narrating. She wasn't the greatest at male voices, but I guess that's hard to pull off when you're a woman. I do think it's a mistake narrators typically make. Women try to over-narrate men (by making them sound kind of dumb) and men try to use high pitched voices that make female characters sound like cartoons. It wasn't the worst male-voice impression I've ever heard. In fact, Gibell is one of the better narrators.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Waterford, MI United States 07-11-14
    Kelly Waterford, MI United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "LOTS of coffee."

    I know this book was set in a coffee house, but couldn't believe the amount of time dedicated to coffee. How to brew it correctly, this way or that way - turkish, espresso, etc. How normal people store their coffee incorrectly, the HORROR. It was very repetitive to me. The story wasn't horrible, but I won't be buying any more books in this series. The book seemed more about coffee to me than the murder/mystery.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 04-16-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 04-16-13

    Queen Squared

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    "You're going to love this series!"

    I have listened to almost all of the books available in this series available on Audible. And, let me say, you're really going to love it! First of all, it has the perfect cast of characters: the sweet mother-in-law, the annoying ex-husband, the super loved adult daughter, a hot detective, and a hilarious group of baristas. This mystery contains just the right amount of drama and humor. It's one of those books you can't put down. If there is anything wrong with the book, I would say it's what you always see in this genre. There's definitely point when you want to scream at the main character, Clare Cosi, "Don't go! Don't do it!" But again, I think that's an innate part of the mystery genre. Other than that, I love the main character. She's witty, smart and strong, yet loving and genuine.

    The narrator is perfect for this novel and the rest of the series. She does an excellent job with the various voices. She speaks clearly and is able to keep your attention.

    Bonus: This is a great book for coffee lovers and foodies. If you like to try out new recipes, Clare Cosi normally describes one or two recipes in enough detail for you to try it out in your kitchen. Also visit Cleo Coyle's webpage for additional recipes.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 07-20-14
    Victor 07-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "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?

    Nope.


    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 04-01-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Fun Series"

    A little detective work by a woman who owns a coffee house in lower Manhattan, has a sexy ex-husband and lots of friends and acquaintances. Light for a murder mystery, fun and easy. I've read four books of the series and although they get fluffier and a bit sillier, they are still worth reading.

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    Connie Katy, TX, United States 10-02-14
    Connie Katy, TX, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to On What Grounds the most enjoyable?

    Absolutely LOVE the narrator! She really gets in to the many voices of the characters. I can almost see their faces from the voices she uses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good clean story. Fun listening to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Claire first met Quinn - the subtly of the sparks.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, just loved the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry STEPHENS CITY, VA, United States 12-20-13
    Kerry STEPHENS CITY, VA, United States 12-20-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Narration annoying at times, but an OK story"
    Would you try another book from Cleo Coyle and/or Rebecca Gibel?

    Yes, I'd buy another book by this author. I didn't find the coffee info over the top or anything. The points where the narrator did different "dialects" and cat noises drove me nuts, however. I did like the chemistry between the heroine and the cop.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cleo Coyle before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Did On What Grounds inspire you to do anything?

    Drink more coffee.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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