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Grounds for Murder

(A Coffee Lover´s Mystery #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Barista Lana Lewis's sleuthing may land her in a latte trouble as Tara Lush launches her new Coffee Shop mysteries.

When Lana Lewis' best -- and most difficult -- employee abruptly quits and goes to work for the competition just days before the Sunshine State Barista Championship, her café's chances of winning the contest are creamed. In front of a gossipy crowd in the smal
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 8th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
This is the first book in a new series about a failed journalist called Lana who returns home to manage her family coffee shop.

Lana is a sad case really - failed career, failed marriage, mother not long dead and father on medical marijuana and not really acting like a father at all. Against all this she learns how to make good coffee, adopts a cute dog, makes some good friends, and falls in love with the local chief of police. Of course she also solves a murder.

This was a quick and entertaining
Lana Lewis had moved back to her hometown of Devil’s Beach after she was put off at the Miami newspaper where she was a reporter. Reporting was in her blood, so she was dejected but when her dad asked Lana to join him in their café – Perkatory – as a second barista along side Fabrizio Bellucci, she was keen. Fab and Lana worked well together – until, with the Sunshine State Barista Championship only days away, Fab left Perkatory without a word and went to the opposition. Lana was angry – and tol ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fabrizio “Fab” Bellucci, the beach’s hottest barista is dead and former investigative journalist turned coffee shop manager Lana Lewis is at the top of the suspect list if the cause of death is indeed murder. You see Fab was her star employee until he quit without notice to work for her competitor. On top of that, they were registered as a team for the Sunshine State Barista Championship. So when she couldn’t hold in her fury any longer she confronts him in front of a crowd of
Grounds for Murder is a fun debut novel with the setting of a small beach town in South Florida and some colorful characters. What fun to have the story revolve around a coffee shop with the Gulf of Mexico close by.
Lana Lewis moved home to Devil's Beach from Miami after her husband cheated on her. She needed to leave to lick her wounds and her dad wants her to run her family's coffee shop, Perkatory. It was her mom's dream and her dad has been running it since her mom died. He wants to slow dow
Micky Cox
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
An entertaining new series to read with a spunky and intelligent main character and an interesting cast of supporting characters that help to enhance a well thought out plot. The main character has come home to run the family coffeehouse after being laid off as a journalist so her inquisitive nature is definitely a well honed personality characteristic that is to be expected. Her pot smoking dad is a hilarious side kick, her new bff is also a fun side kick and the hunky Chief of Police gives a b ...more
Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush has Lana Lewis back home in Devil’s Beach, Florida after a series of setbacks. She is now the manager of the family coffee shop, Perkatory. Lana has entered herself and employee Fabrizio “Fab” Bellucci in the Sunshine State Barista Championship. With Fab at the helm, Lana is sure Perkatory will take home the prize. Then Fab quits and goes to work for the competition leaving Lana high and dry. Lana takes out her anger out on Fab at Island Brewnette in front of a cr ...more
Peggy R
Grounds for Murder is the debut cozy mystery book by author Tara Lush. I thought this book was well done, providing the reader with a very enjoyable combination of characters and mystery. Lana Lewis is a strong likable protagonist who returns home to pick herself up after losing her job and going through a divorce. Just when she thinks her life is starting to turn around, her former barista is found dead. The question is whether he committed suicide or was this murder. This is where Lana's journ ...more
Craig Pittman
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Usually when we think about "cozy mysteries," we think of a stodgy English village and a detective like Miss Marple snooping around for clues to who offed the vicar with a vase full of posies. Never in my dreams would I have conceived of a cozy like the one that Tara Lush has come up with.

It's sent in a quirky Florida beach town, where the mysterious death of a horndog barrista sends an ex-journalist coffee-shop owner searching for the killer amid reports of monkeys attacking tourists and an od
Sarah (sarahlostbutfound )
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolute loved this cosy mystery!!!
Especially the florida setting, the coffee shop, and the main heroine!!

Am desperate for a second book!!!!
Jerri Cachero
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Lana Lewis, former journalist and now manager of her family's coffee shop - Perkatory - finds her "casanova" barista Fabrizio (Fab) dead of an apparent suicide, she's on the trail of a killer who has her in their sights. With the help of her eccentric father, punk/goth new barista, Stanley the Shih Tzu puppy and the quirky townsfolk of Devil's Beach Florida - Lana decides to find out why Fab was murdered.

I love Lana! She's complicated, smart, kind and curious. The mystery was fast-paced and
Dee Arr
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I usually steer clear of cozy mysteries. They are too “soft” for me, too often fronted by a snarky female whose main job seems to be entertaining me enough so I don’t set the book down. In many cases the murderer is a long shot, pulled out of a back pocket at the last minute as a “gotcha.” I was glad to see that “Grounds for Murder” did its best to stay away from some of those pitfalls.

The lead character, Lana, has a bit of snarkiness about her, but only for a moment here or there. Mostly she is
Nancy Baker
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Struggling to reclaim happiness after losing her job and a divorce Lana returns home to manage the family's coffee shop. Things were beginning to turn around but then a suspicious death changes that and her crime reporter past kicks in to find the truth.

This story has all the components that make my favorite kind of cozy - likeable protagonist, humor and a tease of romance. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable read! My first thought after finishing was that I can't wait for the next one. This cozy mystery was full of funny lines. The author has a great sense of humor. With lines like "creep up on me while breathing like a monster and dressed like a ghost" and quirky names of businesses like Island Brewnette, Whim So Doodle, and main character Lana's coffee shop, Perkatory there is a lot of fun with words. Throw in fun characters like her yoga loving Dad and Noah the police Chief\pote ...more
Elizabeth Cole
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sand, snark, and a Shih Tzu...what's not to love?

I read an ARC of Grounds for Murder, the first book in this new mystery series, and I'm so glad I did. Lush excels at painting the perfect backdrop for quirky, funny characters. The setting is a Florida beach town, and you can practically smell the coffee and sunscreen. The heroine Lana is a down-on-her-luck lady just trying to keep her coffee business afloat, when a body shows up in her alley. Like any good cozy, there are a ton of oddball charac
Such a fun cozy mystery! I especially enjoyed the Florida setting and humor, Lana using her journalism skills to solve the case, her quirky dad, and the love interest :) Looking forward to what happens next in Devil's Beach! ...more
Rosemary Rey
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my kind of cozy. Bawdy. Smart. Emotional. Funny. Sexy. I loved every aspect of the heroine and the chief. The mystery kept me guessing throughout. I loved the reveal at the end. This is my first cozy by Tara Lush, but it won't be my last. I can't wait until her next book.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for a chance to read this awesome cozy mystery. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Kat Faitour
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was an early reader of this book and will definitely be continuing the series! I loved the amusing and interesting cast of characters and the setting--a beach town in Florida--is so well done, it's almost like it becomes another character itself. Overall, it's a page-turner that left me charmed, satisfied by the mystery, and wanting more from this author. ...more
Bri Stone
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all I read this book in ONE DAY! The chemistry and dialogue was so intriguing and a relaxing read. Lana is one of my favorite heroines and I was rooting for her the whole time. I can’t wait to read more from Tara! This book definitely defines cozy mystery, you won’t regret picking it up!
K.A. Davis
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
GROUNDS FOR MURDER, the debut cozy mystery in the Coffee Lover’s Mystery series, by Tara Lush, pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me glued to the pages throughout this fast-paced story until the very end. The protagonist, Lana Lewis, has not only lost her investigative reporter job but her marriage disintegrated at the same time. Distraught, she’s moved back to her childhood home on Devil’s Island, Florida. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, the setting has location, location, location, ...more
Jessica Robbins
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What a great start to a new series! We meet Lana as she is running the family coffee shop on an island off the coast of Florida. An adorable small town feel comes with this location as everyone knows everyone else. She has one main employee who is quite the character posting online all the time while flirting with everyone. Things are great until he doesn't show up for work one day. Her dad, who is all
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was not my cup of coffee. Although I liked the main character and her passion for journalism as a means to investigate and solve crimes, there was too much sexual innuendo for my cozy genre taste such as multiple mentions of bondage and sex voyeurism and her constant mention of the police chief's physical physique.

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.
Puppies and coffee! Who wouldn’t love this book. It embodies everything I love in a cozy mystery. I found myself a little bogged down in the ebook at first. But the author gave me the information I needed to move forward and, after that, I was in reading heaven!

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review this book.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Lana Lewis's life hasn't been going too well but after losing her job as a reporter and her husband to a younger woman, she's making the best of life at her family's coffee shop. She still has the instincts of a reporter but now her goal is to win the Sunshine State Barista Championship. Her coffee shop is mainly run by her and Fab, her flirting Italian employee. He seems to chase every available female, no matter what her age. When he is found dead in an alley, the local police don't have any c ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm not a coffee drinker myself but that doesn't take away from my enjoyment of this book. The mystery is decent with plenty of suspects and a couple of twists to keep things interesting. I didn't instantly connect with Lana but she grew on me and Stanley, her new puppy, is adorable. It has nice setting and sexual chemistry between people who aren't in their 20s and at the same time not overdone. A light read that can be done easily in a sitting or two and engaging enough to keep you in your sea ...more
Lynne Spreen
Following a divorce and being fired from her job as a big city reporter, Lana has no choice but to move home to Devil's Beach, Florida and take over running her family's coffee shop. Soon, a popular barista is found dead, and the mystery is whodunit? Lana can't help her insatiable curiosity, so she employs her skills as a former investigative reporter and looks for the murderer. Filled with plenty of interesting suspects, the story does throw you off the trail, but in fact, there's no trail. The ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
✍️ Former journalist Lana Lewis moves back to Devil's Beach Florida to manage her family's coffee shop. Everything is going well until she finds her barista Fabrizio dead of an apparent suicide. Her inquisitive nature brings her to investigate his death, with the help of her dad, her new barista, and Stanley, a Shih Tzu puppy.⁠

♥️ I liked:⁠
☕ The coffeeshop and coffee art. I love coffee, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much thought the author put into describing coffee beans, coffe
The Bookish Bryants
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lana‘s life has taken a bit of a turn, lately. She lost her job as a journalist, she divorced her cheating husband, and moved home to her touristy, beach-side hometown. Things are going well for her, though. She’s running her family’s coffee shop; she and her barista, Fab, are preparing for a coffee-centered competition; and the local police chief is showing more than a little interest in her. She’s happier than she thought she would be. But, when Fab is murdered and all eyes turn to Lana, it’s ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the first book in the A Coffee Lovers’ mystery series by Tara Lush.

Lana used to be a reporter until she got laid off and is now helping to run her parents coffee bar. All seems to be going well. Lana is learning how to make foam images on the surface of the coffee in order to compete with her barista Fab in the Sunshine State Barista Championship. Then Fab quits without notice and then ends up dead, but not before Lana gave him a good tongue lashing for abandoning her and the co
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I listened to this as an audiobook after the release and the narrator was great as Lana.

I read an ARC of Grounds for Murder and Tara Lush is definitely on my auto-buy list for future cozy mysteries. A coffee shop murder, a quirky Florida town, a savvy former-reporter sleuth, and the cutest little rescue shih-tzu: so much to love here.

Lana's hometown of Devil's Beach, Florida is filled with an eccentric cast of characters and suspects. I found myself wanting to hang out with Lana, Erika, and
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