Series: Ground Rules #1
Published by Kensington Publishing on March 30, 2021
Also by this author: Double Shot Death, 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 Fresh Brewed Murder
Fresh Brewed Murder is the first book in a new culinary mystery series. Set in Portland, featuring coffee culture with an engaging amateur sleuth, Fresh Brewed Murder is an exciting modern cozy.
20-somethings Sage and Harley are opening a coffee cart in the competitive food truck world. Some of the other vendors are jealous that Sage has been given a prime location. Others dislike that she gives away food and drinks to the local homeless people.
One morning, Sage discovers a murdered customer, in front of her cart. Even worse, he was killed with a box cutter from her cart, making her the prime suspect. Now she has to unravel layers of mysteries involving local property development, protesters, her estranged mother’s past misdeeds, and complicated family ties.
My thoughts about Fresh Brewed Murder
Such a fun book! Emmeline Duncan brought Portland to life for me. I enjoyed the coffee talk and never felt like it was an info dump or page filler. Sage and Harley felt authentically knowledgeable about coffee- roasting the beans and creating beverages.
She handled homelessness, runaways, and gentrification sensitively.
Sage, with her humor, dating angst, desire to give back, and conflicted feelings about her own past is a well-developed and believable main character. I wanted to hang out with her while drinking one of her coffee creations.
Fresh Brewed Murder is a fast-paced, quick read with a twisty mystery. The book has a great sense of place, conversational style, and an engaging, spirited main character. I can’t wait to read more about Sage, her quirky family and friends, and her further coffee business adventures.
If you’re looking for a fun, culinary story with an engaging female main character, try contemporary romance, Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron.
Looking for another cozy mystery series? Try And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder. It’s the first in the Cookie House Mystery series. Read my review of Sugar and Vice, the second book in the series.
Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan is a fantastic new cozy series that gives you all the flavor of coffee and Portland you could want.
Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC.