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Scene of the Grind

A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Bean Hive Coffeehouse where the coffee is as hot as the gossip!

“Fabulous fun and fantastic fried food! Kappes nails small town mystery with another must-read hit. Don’t miss this one!” (Darynda Jones, The New York Times best-selling author of Eighth Grave After Dark)

Roxanne Bloom (her friends, though few, call her Roxy) quit her job as a lawyer, divorced her cheating husband, and moved to the quaint town of Honey Springs, Kentucky, where she'd spent many of her teenage summers visiting her eccentric and fun-loving Aunt Maxi.

Roxy follows her dream and opens The Bean Hive, Honey Springs' first coffee house on the town's newly revitalized boardwalk. It opens just in time for Honey Springs' annual Honey Festival. Roxy's life couldn't be better. Business was booming, she's reconnected with special people from her past, including her first teenage love, and visits The Crooked Cat bookstore, which is still her favorite shop in Honey Springs. One problem, Aunt Maxi and Alexis Roarke, owner of Crooked Cat, aren't on the best of terms.

Alexis leases the bookstore's building from Aunt Maxi, and the rent is going up. Roxy takes Alexis a fresh cup of coffee from The Bean Hive and a tasty pastry as a peace offering between the two women but discovers the beloved bookstore owner murdered, and Aunt Maxi is the number one suspect. Gossip in Honey Springs is as hot at the coffee served at the Bean Hive, and Roxy has to uncover who is behind the murder not only to save her shop and her aunt but also her life.

©2017 Tonya Kappes (P)2018 Tonya Kappes

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 06-25-18

What a great listen!

I have a love/hate relationship with cozy mystery's. I love them when they are well-done and when they are not, my wrath is great. Fortunately, this cozy mystery was a good one.

The main character Roxy, and her instalove Patrick, were first loves gone astray. It was good to see them reunite, although the reason for the separation was a bit of a head-scratcher. I loved their backstory as well as the town of Honey Springs and its inhabitants. That was the cozy part. The mystery was a nice little whodunnit that I guessed at but was still surprised when it turns out I was correct.

The narrator was exceptional. Roxy is a Southern girl and since this story is told from Roxy's point of view, the narrator's Southern accent was perfect. It was gentle with just enough lilt that made Roxy instantly likeable. Additionally, it's not easy for female narrators to deliver believable male characters but that was well-done as well.

This first book is a great start; I look forward to more.

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A quite entertaining cozy-mystery.

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.

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Enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and thought that the narrator did an excellent job. The characters were charming and drew me into the story while the mystery was well plotted. Looking forward to more.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-19-18

Coffee and murder!

cozy-mystery, contemporary-romance

Roxie spent many memorable summers in her aunt's hometown, but now she's skipped out of her law practice and is the proud owner of a coffee house that will really thrive come tourist season. But when the bookstore owner is found murdered and the sheriff seems more inclined to accuse Aunt Maxi instead of investigating, Roxie steps in. Lots of twists and red herrings abound, but there's lots more to this story.
Madeline Mrozek is the remarkable narrator here who keeps her voices straight and makes a good read even better!

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This is so good!

Tonya Kappes and Madeline Mrozek are a perfectly matched author-narrator duo! Scene of the Grind: A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1 is excellent! While I have heard many performances by the amazing Madeline Mrozek, this is my first audiobook written by Tonya Kappes - I can definitely see why she is a fan favorite!

Recently divorced from her cheating husband, Roxy Bloom quits her law practice and moves to the small, familiar town of Honey Springs to open Bean Hive Coffeeshop. As a teen, Roxy spent many summers there with her Aunt Maxi building life-long memories that she holds close to her heart, still to this day. They say you can take the girl out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the girl. In Roxy's case, returning to the small, inviting town was the fresh start she needed. It was so much fun getting to know the area and the people who live and work there! The descriptions were so vivid and precise that I could have mapped out the town (which I still might do before starting Book 2!). I quickly felt like I was Roxy, myself, and I was surrounded by people who had known me my whole life. In addition to getting reacquainted with those I (Roxy) hadn't seen in years, I also gained a new furry BFF and sidekick named Pepper. Things couldn't be more perfect!Unfortunately, my joy and excitement didn't last long, and I was reminded how quickly news (and small-town gossip) spreads from one side of town to the other when I (Roxy) found Alexis Roarke's dead body in her bookstore, the Crooked Cat. What's worse is that Aunt Maxi is the one suspected of murdering her. Oh no! Tonya Kappes has written an awesome mystery that will keep you engaged, entertained, and guessing up to the very end. Even the hardest to please will easily fall in love with these characters, their personalities, and the small town of Honey Springs, Kentucky!

Madeline Mrozek's performance is outstanding, as always! If you haven't listened to any of her books, you are missing out. She is truly a master narrator - her narration skills are noticeably a step above the rest! Because of her, books and series', that I might or might not have listened to, have become quick favorites. Every single one of her performances hooks me right from the start and holds me there through to the very end. She brings the characters to life, and makes listeners feel like they are part of the plot. As I stated earlier, throughout the story, I wasn't WITH Roxy solving the case...I WAS Roxy, and Pepper was MY dog! This doesn't happen too often. Madeline Mrozek definitely makes my overall listening experience so enjoyable and entertaining. I have all the confidence in the world that you, too, will feel the same!

Scene of the Grind: A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book 1 by Tonya Kappes, narrated by Madeline Mrozek deserves 5/5 stars across the board! From the easy-to-follow, yummy recipes spread throughout the book to the fun, quirky characters and town gossip, I loved everything about it. I already have Book 2 and plan to start it right away! I highly recommend this cozy mystery, and while I have only made it through Book 1 so far, I have a feeling the entire series is going to be awesome! I'm looking forward to finding out what the future holds. Murder, love, adventure...Honey Springs, I'm here to stay!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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Love it!

Loved this book.. it has a unique setting and very believable characterizations. The narrator brings the story to life with her performances of each character and every one is an individual and a pleasure to get to know!

Excellent job by Tonya Kappes and Madeline Mrozak!

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Wonderfully entertaining mystery.

This book has it all. A little romance, a little murder, and some good recipes included.

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I love this book

this is most definitely a great book. I can't wait for the next one. The characters and storyline is great.

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A nice light cozy ...

A nice, light, cozy mystery. An easy read. Good book for me to knit as I listen.

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  • Dianne
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 11-11-18

Loved it!

What a wonderful new series! The writing really draws you into the town and the characters. The narrator brings all the characters to life and helps you to see the whole setting. Love the story and love the narrator!