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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for Grounds For Murder by Tara Lush

Grounds for Murder 

(A Coffee Lover's Mystery) 

 by Tara Lush

About Grounds for Murder

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (December 8, 2020)  
Hardcover: 320 pages  
ISBN-10: 1643856189  
ISBN-13: 978-1643856186  
Digital ASIN: B0871KTTMC

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 small Florida town of Devil's Beach, Lana's normally calm demeanor heats to a boil when she runs into the arrogant java slinger. Of course, Fabrizio "Fab" Bellucci has a slick explanation for jumping ship. But when he's found dead the next morning under a palm tree in the alley behind Lana's café, she becomes the prime suspect.

Even the island's handsome police chief isn't quite certain of her innocence. But Lana isn't the only one in town who was angry with Fabrizio. Jilted lovers, a shrimp boat captain, and a surfer with ties to the mob are all suspects as trouble brews on the beach. 

With her stoned, hippie dad, a Shih Tzu named Stanley, and a new, curious barista sporting a punk rock aesthetic at her side, Lana's prepared to turn up the heat to catch the real killer.

After all, she is a former award-winning reporter. As scandal hangs over her beachside café, can Lana clear her name and win the championship -- or will she come to a bitter end?

*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 into the local gossip, finds he is working at the other coffee place having given absolutely no notice. Lana goes off on him in a very public way before she leaves on an over night trip to Miami. Upon her return she finds him dead in the alley behind the shop. She quickly becomes a suspect making it necessary for her to look into things. This makes for quite the investigation as her hippie dad helps in a cooky way and a puppy adds his own two cents. The laid back island vibe makes for a relaxing adventure as the clues start popping up as the secrets reveal themselves. Makes for a well written cozy that readers are sure to love. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

About Tara Lush

Tara Lush is a Rita Award finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and a George C. Polk Award-winning journalist. For the past decade, she's been a reporter with the Associated Press, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations. A fan of vintage pulp-fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, and 1980s fashion, she lives with her husband and two dogs on the Gulf coast.

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