Live and Let Grind
(A Coffee Lover's Mystery)
by Tara Lush
About Live and Let Grind
3rd in Series
Setting - Florida
Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1639101128
ISBN-13 : 978-1639101122
Digital ASIN : B09Q877DDS
Devil’s Beach is percolating with a hot murder case, and reporter-turned-barista Lana Lewis could be the next to get beaned in Tara Lush’s third Coffee Lover’s mystery, perfect for fans of Cleo Coyle and Lucy Burdette.
Laid-off journalist Lana Lewis is thriving as the proprietor of Perkatory, a coffee shop on quirky Devil’s Beach island, Florida. She’s juggling a relationship with police chief Noah Garcia, enjoying the company of her best friend, Erica, and relishing the companionship of her golden Shih Tzu, Stanley. Only problem is her neighbor, Gus, who incessantly uses his leaf blower, disturbing everyone in the neighborhood. Lana has learned to tune it out, but Erica’s rage boils over and she confronts Gus.
Then Gus is found dead, killed when his leaf blower explodes. Erica immediately becomes suspect number one. But there are plenty of other candidates as well: Gus’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Honey Bailey, who thinks she’ll be written out of his will; Mickey Dotson and Doug Beck, who were scalded financially after purchasing a pirate-themed tourist cruise business from Gus; and plenty of angry neighbors who’ve had run-ins with him.
As the clock ticks down will Lana get someone to spill the beans on the killer so she can clear her friend’s name, or will Erica go to jail for a crime she didn’t commit?
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
Welcome to another fabulous adventure with Lana and the ever popular Perkatory that I wish was located in my hometown so I can visit. Life is going well after she moved back home. She is enjoying her budding relationship with Noah, catching up with her BFF Erica, and getting reacquainted with the locals. Her new neighbor is making things difficult though thanks to running his leaf blower at all hours while also just making things miserable for the neighborhood. This isn't too much of an issue until the man is found dead thanks to his leaf blower exploding so after her argued quite a bit with Erica making her the main suspect. They try to stay out of it but find themselves asking questions none the less until they find themselves in danger thanks to a surprise twist. This makes for fabulously fun read as it all plays out sure to delight fans of cozy mysteries. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 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.
Congratulations on your release of Live and Let Grind, Tara, your book sounds like a great mystery for me to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Books a Plenty, for sharing your review!
Have a sunshiny day!
Thank you for sharing your review of Live and Let Grind, this sounds like a great cozy mystery read and I am looking forward to itReplyDelete