Once Upon a Grind
It’s Fairy Tale Week in New York City, and Clare Cosi has given her coffee truck a “Jack and the Beanstalk” makeover for the Central Park festival. Her ex-husband has contributed a bag of African coffee beans with alleged magical properties, and h ...more
It's a Fairy Tale Week in New York City and Central Park is hosting the festival. To get into the spirits, Clare Cosi has given her coffee truck and its employees a Jack and the Beanstalk appeal. For the most part everything seems great until her boyfriends ex shows up and insists Clare watches the kids, her own ex-husband brings magic beans with supposed magical properties, and his mother wants to give a Clare reading of the grind. Clare doesn't want to believe it, until she has her own vision...more
By the end of chapter one of ONCE UPON A GRIND, I knew I was hooked worse than one gets ...more
For the Story Book Kingdom Festival Mike, asks her to look after his two children because his ex-wife, Leila, has been acti ...more
This was an truly enchanting story and so much fun to read! I stayed up until early in the morning reading telling myself “just one more chapter” again and again. It is stories like this one that give readers like me “book hangovers” but they are so worth it.
Clare and the Village Blend crew are taking part in the Fairy Tale Fall Event in Central Park. The coffee truck has a Jack and A Beanstalk theme complete with magic coffee beans and coffee grind readings. All is going well ...more
The book was cute, but my biggest beef was how poorly edited this book was. It's published by the Berkeley Prime Crime imprint of Penguin, so I know there are ...more
Jack's beans might have grown a beanstalk to the giant, but Max's supposedly magical African beans made coffee that gives visions. Can these visions actually help Cl ...more
The characters were once again great, and the mystery was, too. I never guessed the killer but when it was revealed the killer fit in nicely. I was a bit upset over the major decision Clare made in her life at the end, I don't want to reveal it because of spoilers, but it may make a huge change in the series with the next book.
Overall an entertaining ...more
My favorite Village Blend friends are back along with some yummy recipes.
Always feel like I am back home when reading this series!
Looking forward to the next book!!
This is a must read for cozy lovers. Whether you have read all the books in this series or this is your first Coffee house Mystery I just know you will love this story. Just a little warning – this is not a book you can read a few chapters a ...more
Clare runs into the Fall Farytale Forest Brigade working with and within Manhattan's elite in a "Once Upon a Time" based tale of drugs, the Cold War, and a hot love life of more than one Prince Charming. It all starts with Matt and his coffee beans..... and ends with the closing of a very old internation ...more
In the fourteenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, coffeehouse manager, Clare Cosi, and her wonderfully diverse staff of the Village Blend, descend upon New York’s Central Park for a Fairy Tale Week celebration. The coffee truck is decorated, fittingly, (for a roaster and purveyor of fine coffee beans) with a Jack and the Beanstalk theme. Matteo, Clare’s ex-husband and partner, is pulled into duty as Prince Charming. It is a situation ripe for a fairy ...more
In ONCE UPON A GRIND, a fairy tale festival envelopes NYC to honor the opening of a Broadway show bas ...more
Once again the authors have crafted a clever and very engaging mystery. It's who and why, but with marvelous twists.
They should be getting a call from the NYC Mayor's Office to ask to use these great fundraising ideas.
Are these magical coffee beans? Is that why Clare is having these strange visions? And are they accurate? How is she to interpret them?
As if that weren't enough, there is the question of what to say to her detective about moving.
Wrap that all up wi ...more
These books are inane to the point of brain death. It seems there are two authors, one who is an intelligent researcher with an interesting mind and the other an insipid Stepford wife who believes all the readers are idiots. Save yourself and don’t bother with this ultra contrived “fairytale” farce.
A crazy storybook that is a modern day fairy tale with a helping of visions, dreams, and murder. This series is a humorous, romantic and murderous ride through Manhattan with a side serving of coffee education. Fun reads and Once Upon a Grind adds a bit of fantasy and magic to the already rollicking characters of Madame, Clare, Matt, Mike Quinn and a quirky cast of coffee baristas. Rather predictable in the romance angst depa ...more
Just an FYI, this series is, to me, just borderline cozy. Works for me but might not appeal to readers who prefer light, quick reads.
I reco ...more
Started with this book, which worked fine, the past mixed into the present as background. The story didn't wow me, though. The mystery has some strange pseudo-supernatural elements, which rather cheat the mystery solving. Otherwise, the standard nosy investigator, high stakes, and incompetent police with a dash of fairy tale references tossed in.
Some weak writing distracted me, such as some awkward, frequently repeated phrases that really stood out.