Double Shot Death by Emmeline Duncan

Double Shot Death by Emmeline DuncanDouble Shot Death by Emmeline Duncan
Series: Ground Rules Mystery #2
Published by Kensington Publishing on April 26, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Fresh Brewed Murder, Flat White Fatality
Also in this series: Flat White Fatality

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Double Shot Death

DOUBLE SHOT DEATH by Emmeline Duncan is the second cozy coffee mystery in the Ground Rules series.

Set in the PNW, this time Sage is at Campathon, a music festival set in the woods, with her coffee cart and her boyfriend Bax. Plus the dead bodies she finds and again finds herself a suspect so she needs to investigate to clear her name.

My thoughts about Double Shot Death

Double Shot Death is a great entry point into the series. There’s enough backstory mentioned that you get a taste for what happened in the first book, Fresh Brewed Murder. You meet the key players – Sage, her family, friends, and business partner.

Campathon gives a smalltown feel with lots of big personalities with plenty of reasons to have committed the murder – lots of revealed secrets, unresolved issues, and hidden ties.

It’s a cozy so no graphic violence or sex although things do heat up between Sage and Bax.

All of the delicious coffee talk you could want without it ever becoming overwhelming to the story.

Plus, adorable kitten!

You get:

Well-defined sense of place

Relatable and likable MC

Amateur sleuth needs to investigate to clear her name and save her business

Woman biz owner

Queer rep

Great puzzle

Cute kid and kitten

Strong family ties

Delicious recipes and coffee trivia

In closing

Double Shot Death is a perfect, caffeinated read when you’re in the mood for a little mystery with your espresso.

Great for fans of Tara Lush.

Thank you Kensington Books for the ARC.

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About Emmeline Duncan

Emmeline Duncan is a mystery writer based out of Portland, Oregon. Her novels include the Ground Rules series, starting with 2021’s Fresh Brewed Murder.

Emmeline also writes YA novels as Kelly Garrett. Her debut YA, The Last To Die, was an Oregon Book Awards finalist and was re-issued by Sourcebooks Fire in November 2019. She is also a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow.

Emmeline is a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and co-organizes Friends of Mystery’s Bloody Thursday lecture series. She’s also a member of Sisters-In-Crime, Willamette Writers, and SCBWI.

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