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Publisher's Summary

When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi roasts "magic" beans for Fairy Tale Week, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets.

Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi gives her coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival.

Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties, and his octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds. But Clare remains skeptical - until she receives a vision that helps her find the body of a young model in the park's woods.

The police dismiss the "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a roster of suspects, from a wolf of Wall Street to a New York Giant and a wicked witch of the WestSide.

Now Clare is really in the woods - with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending.

©2014 Cleo Coyle (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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One of the best

I enjoy these books a lot.
Claire must decide to stay in her wonderful relationship and leave the blend or stay and end the relationship.
Murder, coffee, annoying ex-wife of Claire's Bo. It's got fun stuff in this one.

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Wonderful mystery!

Wonderful spin on fairy tales and mystery! This series keeps getting better all the time!

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  • AJ
  • USA
  • 03-25-15

I Love This Series

The author is a wonderful writer, the plots in the series are awesome, the narration is tops and I love coffee! So what's not to like? This book wasn't my favorite in the series, but I NEED to stay on top of what's happening to my favorite characters so I can get to the next book in the series......fast. Write faster please!

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  • Nique
  • Compton, CA, United States
  • 03-04-15

Excellent read!

I love this series of books and I can't wait for the next one .

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I really like Cleo Coyles style

I really enjoy a few books that can be in the background of my day or can really pull me in for an unforgettable portion of the story. This series is really great and the recipes are good too!

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Too Much Fantasy

What disappointed you about Once upon a Grind?

I normally enjoy these books because they are entertaining and assist in providing a greater appreciation of coffee. Although a stretch for the imagination at times, the books normally stay in the lines of, it could have happen with tongue in cheek. However with the flashback and flash forward the coffee cost the main character, I find the book goes into the area of ridiculous.

Has Once upon a Grind turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

None

What character would you cut from Once upon a Grind?

None

Any additional comments?

No

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Good book

The weird dreams didn't bode well with me, but once I understood why she was having them it was much better.

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Way to long

By the time chapter 70 came I was seriously groaning in frustration because not only was it seemingly dragged out but it went into another whole different scenario. Was like two books in one but long and to be perfectly frank more boring than naught.

Too many long and drawn out descriptions of stuff that didn't matter and wasn't a key player in the storyline. And if poor Roz wasn't killed of when she was I would have been tempted if she said stupid one more time

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Loved it

Loved this story. The writing was greet, the plot fantastic and the narration wonderful. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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Good but not my favorite Coffee House book.

I love the Coffee House Books but this was my least favorite. I had a hard time keeping my focus. The story was a little too contrived for my taste. However, the ending was what I had hoped for. I love the characters. Looking forward to the next book.

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