I am very happy to help Tonya Kappes celebrate her new release, SCENE OF THE GRIND! This first book in her brand new Killer Coffee Mystery series is off to a buzzing start. I enjoyed reading from the start as the protagonist, Roxanne Bloom prepares to open her new coffeehouse, The Bean Hive, in Honey Springs, Kentucky, and begin a new chapter in her life. Too often I start a series in the middle or towards the end and have backtracking to do so it was a delight to find this series as it debuted. The first part of the book has a lot of details on Roxanne’s background, the struggles of getting her business ready to open, and being introduced to characters. I felt like the author was taking her time to set the stage not only for this particular book but also for future books. Some might think it’s a bit slow starting out, however, I like knowing backstory and having the chance to get to know the characters.
Once the murder takes place, the mystery moves along quite nicely with plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing. There is a heartwarming theme of pet rescues and adoptions and I loved the sweet scene where Roxanne finds the perfect match with Pepper, the dog meant for her. SCENE OF THE GRIND is sprinkled with darling Southern sayings and mannerisms, giving it an authentic feel. The author creatively uses adorable business names along the lake’s boardwalk….and made me want to have the chance to visit this charming location!
The Bean Hive serves up tasty treats and Tonya Kappes has included several yummy recipes* at the back of the book. I decided to try the Chilled Coffee Souffle…it sounded so unique and refreshing…and it is! I was a bit worried while making the recipe because I really couldn’t envision what it was supposed to turn out like (I like a cooking challenge, what can I say?). I changed a bit of the recipe to make it easier with a more attractive serving presentation, which resulted in yum! I loved the foamy light coffee scented top layer which complimented the full-bodied sweet coffee bottom layer. It reminded me of a café latte, which is my favorite coffeehouse drink. (*Recipe submitted by Andrea Stoeckel who said, “This recipe is one of the first my grandmother taught me over fifty years ago!”)
Scene of the Grind is the first in USA TODAY bestselling author Tonya Kappes’ new A Killer Coffee Mystery Series. The series takes place in the cozy southern fictional tourist town of Honey Springs, Kentucky.
Roxanne Bloom (her friends, though few call her Roxie) 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. that 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 book store, 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 book store’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 book store 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, her aunt, but her life.
A huge thank you to Tonya Kaapes for providing an e-book copy of SCENE OF THE GRIND for one lucky winner! Contest ends Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below the recipe to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
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