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Kelly's Koffee Shop

(Cedar Bay Mystery #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,807 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought.

The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gos
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published November 7th 2014
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Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
The plot was okay but the dialogue is very artificial and unrealistic. I find it hard to believe that any state health department allows dogs in restaurants, especially in the kitchen. Or that it's okay for owners to cook food at home and bring it in. And what happened to the suspect with the shady past and problems on his computer. Nothing.
Karen B.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
This cozy just didn't make it for me. First, no matter all the other problems I may find in a cozy, I usually end up liking the main character. Not so with this book. Kelly is compassionate and determined, I have that to say about her. And she has a boxer. But for a dog-lover why would she put her dog as well as herself at such great risk? Kelly comes across to me as a busybody trying to act like she is a private detective. Others have mentioned that fact that her boyfriend, the county sheriff, ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was just an okay cozy mystery. I liked the characters well enough but the dialog wasn't the best and there were a lot of loose ends that didn't seem to be resolved by the end of the book.

Also, the main character Kelly is in a relationship with the local sheriff and apparently this makes it okay for him to give her all the details of the ongoing investigation and sometimes he even follows Kelly's lead! Yes, it is fiction and a cozy mystery but there has to be a limit to what can be shared.

Krissy Mcmullen
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. it's so awful. The dialogue is terrible. The main character is apparently an amateur detective who is dating the town sheriff. The sheriff reveals details of a murder investigation to the main character who goes off on ridiculous sleuthing expeditions on her own to solve the case against the sheriffs wishes. The story line is probably okay, but the writing is so juvenile it becomes boring. I simply didn't care to waste another minute reading this book. I also downlo ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Annemarie Manning
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Really hard to read, great that there was an introduction of each character but there was just no flow and no 'setting the scene' whilst reading the book. I got a bit lost at one stage. The basic storyline was good but the editing needs work.
Grace Cook
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
World's Longest Food Blog

Holy crap this was tough to get through. The dialogue is poorly written and the plot, while straightforward, is dull and anticlimactic. None of the characters are more than a few tropes and stereotypes mixed with a dash of small town gossip. It's clear the author did absolutely no research into the Oregon coast and the people who live there. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life and I feel more mad about this than I did Twilight.
If you are someone who can p
Mahoghani 23
A typical chic Lit mystery where the heroine ends up resolving the murder of her goddaughter, Amber. There were multiple suspects to choose from but only two stood out to me. Truly enjoyable book.
Nancy Silk
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A Warm and Cozy Murder Mystery"

This is a very well written story, the dialogue moves right along, with no tirades or bad words. It's a good book to curl up with on a wintry night. Kelly Conner, in her early 50's, has been a widow for a long time, and raised her two children by herself who no longer live with her. She is the owner of Kelly's Koffee Shop which was started by her grandparents, then her parents ran it with the new name of their one and only child, Kelly. They now enjoy life in a se
Dolores Ayotte
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kelly's Koffee Shop (A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Author Dianne Harman

Kelly Conner is a widow who lost her husband to cancer at a very young age. She manages to raise her two young children by making a life for herself and her family at Kelly's Koffee Shop. Although Cedar Bay is a tourist town, even in the off season, Kelly's business prospers. The local people in this quaint little town frequent her establishment on a regular basis for good home cooking and the exchange of local news.

Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kelly’s Koffee Shop sounds like quite a gathering spot. Cedar Bay seems beautiful and like a place I would love to visit.

I like Kelly, she seems about my age with grown children and she has a wonderful canine companion too. She has a very close relationship with a certain law officer who willingly shares way too much information with her. They make a good team, but that would get him in trouble in a bigger town. They seem to work together with some assistance from Kelly’s pooc
Lisa Morin
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've seen this book and others in the series posted on Facebook. I decided to try it yesterday and it was a pretty good read. For me, a first in a new series is difficult, there is a lot of information that needs to be given.
Kelly is the owner of the small town cafe and is a very likeable character. She has two adult children who live elsewhere and her husband has passed away. She has a relationship with the local sheriff and she seems happy with her life. She has a dog who she seems to love.
Jan 01, 2015 added it
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Anna Burke
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A quick read and a fun cozy mystery. This first Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery gets the series off to a great start. Murder, mayhem, a lovely small town setting, good food, and a loyal pooch--what more could you ask for in this lighthearted genre? The main character, and amateur sleuth, Kelly,is a likable, resourceful woman sure to keep readers coming back for more episodes. Since she owns the local coffee shop she's at the center of all the action that goes on in the community. When Kelly's goddaughter ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short cozy that I listened on audio. I enjoyed the mystery very much, I liked the characters, cozy Cedar Bay location, and how the mystery was wrapped up. And that boxer dog, Rebel. What a hero he is! The only beef I had was the narrator Erin deWard. I felt as though everything was in slow motion with the narration. The narrator is very s-l-o-w and methodical. I switched over to using the Audible app where I could speed up the narration. By doing so, I was able to complete this almost ...more
Dab10 Dab10
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman

I can't lie I am a big fan of this authors work. Once again her descriptions of places make you want to book the trip and when she describes food my mouth waters. She made a small town that feels so real and characters come to life like old friends. Then she adds murder, mystery, secrets, love, and a great dog to make a cozy mystery that I will read again and again.
Frances L. Ehrig
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Curious Shop Owner

The Cedar Bay books are a fun and enjoyable series. Wish I had read this one first, but it doesn't depend on this as each book stands alone. Our heroine gets into trouble but dogs and the sheriff are usually close by.
cindy brody
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Good recipes

The story is about a woman who seems to think that just because you have lived in a town all your life that you can roam around asking questions and nobody will be upset with you or hurt you so she doesn't use any common sense. The recipes are good.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
To be honest, I read this because it is set in Oregon. I found the premise a bit unbelievable. Kelly owns a café and a waitress that works for her is found murdered. Kelly is dating Mike, the Sheriff of Cedar Bay, and he shares way too much information about the investigation.
Cheryl Cooper
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an easy, quick read.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought.
The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t belie
Mary Cokenour
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Got Kindle Unlimited as a gift (thanks Amy!) and this was the first book I tried out on it. I was captured from page one and actually completed the entire book in one day; now that's a rare occasion for me. Dianne Harman doesn't over detail the characters, but makes them interesting enough to remember as the story progresses. I currently live in a small town and it could take large lessons from the residents of Cedar Bay. Anyway, just as you think you have the killer figured out, surprise, anoth ...more
Dorothy Bruce
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am hooked on another series. These characters feel like they could be.your friends. The story is good also

I had read one of the author's books in all cozy mystery collection and enjoyed Kelly and the rest of the characters. Her ability to get involved in the mystery and "not put herself in danger" much to the chagrin of her sheriff boyfriend/fiance and others while still remaining like a great cook and friend. This is a good book. The whodunit is not who you are expecting or really much consid
Robyn Gaye-Murphy
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kelly’s Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman
Kelly’s decides to help her beloved Mike (the Sheriff) to solve the murder of her best friend ‘s daughter. Amber was also Kelly’s goddaughter who worked for her everyday in the Koffee Shop. Kelly was not too good at listening when Mike asked her to stay safely out of the investigation. Thinking that her ex drug dog Rebel could keep her safe, she forgot to be sure that Rebel too was safe from the killer! Dianne Harman writes good books with interesting stories
I couldn't even get half way thru this book. I read a lot and really give a book a good chance, but this one irritated me to no end from the 1st page. Common rules like keeping your dog out of the restaurant kitchen is disregarded, the Sheriff not even being the one to inform the parents that their child had been murdered (main character did that), forget about rounding out any of the characters, having dialog which flowed etc. I hadn't read the other comments until now and have to agree with th ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Easy read

Must be a first book. Nice reading but not realistic. Dating a sheriff who tells Kelly confidential info about a murder investigation. Then she goes off on her own like Jessica Fletcher but not even close. If someone was going to shoot my dog I wouldn't say nice knowing you with no feeling! I would fight first no matter what happened. Do you really think no one in town was going to find out about Amber trial or no trial,come on.
Carol Mello
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, fast read for killing time

These are short easy to read mystery novels. Mostly, they are about Kelly. Kelly just can't help herself from "helping" Mike the Sheriff (her lover and friend) with his murder case of a high school student who worked at the coffee shop before school. Not a lot of depth, not an Edgar nominee, but a fast read with a happy ending and Kelly's recipes at the end.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read it in 2 hours - not because it was so good but because it was so bad. Info dump wherever you look to, completely staged dialogue and not very believable actions. Kelly's goddaughter is murdered and one of the first things she thinks of is the new hire she needs?
Sorry, no. I don't buy it. And I definitely will not read more of this series.
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“Kelly and Roxie were like Mutt and Jeff. In contrast to Roxie, who at 5’3” was rather short, Kelly was tall with jet black hair she wore pulled back either in a ponytail or twisted and secured at the back of her head with a large tortoiseshell clip. Intelligent sea-green eyes never seemed to miss anything that was going on at the coffee shop, or for that matter, anywhere else.” 0 likes
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