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Once Upon a Grind: 02/26/20

Once Upon a Grind

Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle is the fourteenth of Coffeehouse mystery series. It's Fairy Tale Week at Central Park. Clare and company have their food truck on scene and Madame is playing the role of a fortune teller with the help of a special blend of coffee. At the end of the day, the nanny of Mike Quinn's children is missing, only to be found unconscious in a wooded area of the park.

A few books back the author began including dream sequences for Clare. Initially they were from fatigue or trauma. Then they were because she was drugged. Now it's the special beans from Kenya and Clare apparently has second sight.

I get that this book and mystery is nursery rhyme and fantasy themed, but the extended visions are tiresome. Take them out of this book and the novel would shrink by half.

The next book in the series is Dead to the Last Drop (2015).

Three stars

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