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Restless Natives

(A Coffee & Crime Mystery #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The weekend before her coffee shop’s Grand Opening in the small Wisconsin town of Horizon, former Chicago marketing exec Ellie Gooden opens the back door to her business... and finds murder. The former owner is dead in the middle of her kitchen, tied to a chair, covered in syrup and feathers, with a butcher knife sticking out of his chest. Alone in a new town, she climbs i ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published July 10th 2014 by Melting Muse Press
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. Highly recommended for those that like their crime mysteries cosy-like but novel length and with a bit more bite.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although not as comedic as Nina Wright's Whiskey Mattimoe series, this series also features a strong female protagonist solving crimes in a midwest resort community.
Anika Willmanns
Cozy mysteries are not my usual go-to genre, but when a trusted friend showed me the book, I just had to read it. After all, I'm a huge fan of crime shows (NCIS, the Mentalist, Murder She Wrote, Person of Interest, Castle) and I love everything supernatural (Ellie is a Wiccan).
Growing up with shows like Buffy and Charmed the supernatural aspect piqued my interest, too, so I gave it a go.
The story starts with Ellie driving to the town of Horizon to get everything ready for her grand opening in s
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and think this was a debut novel, not sure. Cozy mysteries are not something I ordinarily read, but it did keep my interest. While I didn't read it straight through, but over a period of time, I did pick it up again & continued reading until the final reveal. The author did a good job of keeping the identity of the murderer hidden until nearly the end. I did think the author developed several characters in an interesting way, with the exception of a l ...more
Daryl Ball
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read mysteries but i had read the synopsis for this book a few years ago and was intrigued. I finally bought a copy recently and was thoroughly entertained by it. The characters in the small town are fun and have their own quirks, definitely reminding me of various people I've met in similar environments so it all rang true. That made it really easy to get caught up in the mystery and story itself that newcomer Ellie Gooden must contend with the week she moves there to open her ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was afraid that it would be fantasy woo, which is probably okay in its own right, but it's not what I wanted nor did it fit the description. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, although my own beliefs are not those of the main character, the book itself was not based on those beliefs, although it did point them out – not inappropriately! I enjoyed the book; it had a complex but true sounding foundation, and the characters were likable and believable. I'm not convinced that I particularly ...more
Judith Post
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Gooden is a Wiccan and a vegetarian, who leaves Chicago to open a coffee shop in a small town in Wisconsin. She can be prickly and outspoken, and that made me like her all the more. This is a good solid mystery with plenty of action and lots of intriguing secondary characters. Charlie McCallum doesn't get as much page time as I'd have liked (he's a cutie), but I sure hope he's Ellie's love interest in the next books. A fun read with enough twists and turns to hold your interest.
Leta Hawk
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters and the small-town setting in this book. The plot moved at a good pace and really ramped up at the end, so much so that the "just one more chapter" went right out the window, and I had to finish the book. Then when I thought I had it figured out--BAM! Plot twist! Can't wait to get the next book.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I didn't care for this one. The main character was not likeable at all. She seemed to resent everyone and I found her very tiring to read about.
Elizabeth Harmon
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun cozy mystery about a coffee shop owner and amateur sleuth in small town Wisconsin.
Paulette Sharp
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

This book grabbed my attention and ran with it. The clues to the mystery were like a maze. Truly a great mystery.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
After the tragic death of her parents, Ellie Gooden decides to leave Chicago and invest everything in opening a coffee shop in rural Wisconsin. She hopes for a new beginning and a bright future. However, she never bargained on discovering a dead body in her new shop. Who murdered the property's previous owner? Who is vandalizing Ellie's shop and home?

I adore this series! I am not usually a huge fan of paranormal cozy mysteries, but I really like this one. The characters are believable and loveab
Amy Hopkins
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozy fun

Not my usual genre but the characters drew me in the the small town feel, perfectly executed, kept me there.
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Nan has been writing stories since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She is an avid (if not always successful) gardener, reader and fan of countless cancelled-too-soon TV shows. She lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband, daughter and Admiral Horatio Nelson, the VERY pushy poodle.

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