Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan

Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline DuncanFresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan
Series: Ground Rules #1
Published by Kensington Publishing on March 30, 2021
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
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.

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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.

In conclusion

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.

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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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